By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Coming off a tough, emotional loss, the Indians didn’t waste much time reflecting on that setback.
After watching game film on Saturday morning, the focus immediately shifted from an extremely disappointing 34-27 loss to Madison Southern to this week’s opponent.
“We play a pretty dang tough schedule,” Madison Central coach Bert Browne said. “We’ve got Scott County this week, then we’ve got Lexington Catholic the next.”
The Indians (1-2) know they have to move on, quickly.
Central is set to travel to Georgetown today to take on undefeated Scott County (3-0).
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Cardinals won 12 games last season and advanced to the semifinals of the Class 6A Playoffs before losing to eventual champion Trinity.
This season, Scott County has won all three of its game by at least 34 points and is averaging 55 points a game.
“He does a great job,” Browne said of Scott County coach Jim McKee. “I think the biggest thing is stability. He’s been there for 17 years. They know what he wants and they do a heck of a job. They are a heck of a football team. They can play.”
The Cardinals defeated Pleasure Ridge Park 63-21 last week.
So far this season, they have out-scored their opponents 175-57 and haven’t been seriously threatened in any game.
In those three lopsided wins, Scott County has rushed for 934 yards (311 yards a game).
The Cardinals have three backs with more than 200 yards already this season, led by Noah Hughes (316 yards on 46 carries with four touchdowns).
That potent rushing attack will provide a serious challenge for a Central rushing defense that has given up a lot of yards this season.
The Indians have allowed 910 yards rushing (303 yards a game) and have given up at least 254 yards on the ground in every game.
Last week, Southern rushed for 332 yards.
“Any time you play Scott County, you are going to face a heck of a running game because that’s what they do,” Browne said. “They are not going to throw it all over the place. So, we’ve got to stop the run.”
In last year’s 41-16 win in Georgetown, Scott County racked up 336 yards rushing and six touchdowns on the ground against the Indians.
Central’s offense posted a season-high 27 points last week.
The Indians got another good performance from sophomore John Williams. The wide receiver had three catches for 83 yards, including a 68-yard TD catch. Williams has one touchdown catch in every game this season and has 170 yards on nine catches.
“He’s a slasher,” Browne said of Williams. “He’s tough. He’s smart.”
Central’s once again used two young quarterbacks last week.
Sophomore Kameron Presnell and freshman Zach Hardin have split time under center all season.
Hardin is 14-of-26 for 188 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Presnell is 10-of-27 on the season for 225 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Browne said the QB rotation will continue this week against Scott County.
“Probably, until one takes over and does so well that you just can’t take him out of the game,” Browne said. “That’s what we’ve got to have. One of them has got to step up and be the man. Hopefully, one of them will. Right now, neither one of them has clearly won the job.”