By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Madison Central came out on the wrong side of a lopsided score last Friday in Georgetown.
But, that really wasn’t all that shocking.
The young Indians were simply no match for an undefeated Scott County (4-0) squad that has a legitimate chance to win this year’s Class 6A State Championship.
The toughest part of the 63-20 loss, however, was that the already banged-up Indians suffered even more injuries.
Central (1-3) will be without at least 10 starters/key reserves when the team takes the field today in Richmond against Class 5A powerhouse Lexington Catholic.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
“I’ve never been around a team that’s had this many guys get hurt,” Central coach Bert Browne said. “We knew we were young and that we couldn’t bang around a lot in practice. We don’t want to get anyone hurt. We’ve cut back a lot of that stuff, but these guys aren’t getting hurt in practice.”
Sophomore quarterback Kameron Presnell suffered a concussion against Scott County and will not play today.
Zach Hardin will start and the Indians will go into the game without a backup quarterback.
“Hopefully, we can protect him and not get him hurt,” Browne said of Hardin. “Because if that happens, we are going to have to go into a Wildcat.”
If needed, running back Johan Williams will step into that role.
In addition to Presnell, the Indians will likely be without tight end Sam Jones (back), wide receiver Chris Kidd, Will Nash (out for season), lineman Cody Thomas, tackle Joe Sallee (out for season), defensive back Ryan Burberry, center Cory Lamb (out for season) and linebacker Keonta Goggins against Catholic.
Scott County jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first eight minutes and had a 56-14 lead at halftime.
The Cardinals racked up 415 yards rushing, averaging more than 10 yards a carry.
“They are better than they were last year,” Browne said of Scott County. “And they almost beat Trinity in the playoffs last year. They are better offensively than I’ve ever seen them. They are a machine.”
The Indians did put up a fight, though.
John Williams scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Zach Hardin in the second quarter. Johan Williams scored on a 49-yard run in the second quarter and Caleb McClurg caught a 6-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter.
Central had 331 yards of total offense, its second-highest output on the season.
“I think offensively, we did OK early,” Browne said. “We did some good things.”
Once again, the Indians had a hard time stopping the run.
Through the first four games of the season, Central has allowed 1,335 yards on the ground, an average of 333 yards a game.
John Williams has at least one touchdown catch in every game this season and has 12 catches (four touchdown) for 269 yards.
Catholic opened the season with back-to-back losses to Bowling Green and St. Xavier, but has bounced back to defeat Lafayette (48-28) and Bryan Station (28-21).
Junior quarterback Ryan Reese has led the Knights’ offense this season — completing 69-of-112 pass for 941 yards and 12 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
David Bouvier has a team-best 29 catches for 388 yards and for touchdowns. The senior had eight catches for 162 yards and a touchdown in Catholic’s 41-23 win over Central last year in Lexington.
Ed Miracle to be honored
Prior to tonight’s game against Lexington Catholic, Madison Central will hold a ceremony to honor legendary coach Ed Miracle.
Miracle was a teacher and coached football at Jenkins, Lynch and Madison High.
He died in January.
Former players, assistant coaches and friends are encouraged to attend and be part of the on-field ceremony.