By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Indians weren’t able to slow down the power running attack of Harlan County in last week’s season opener.
And as a result, they suffered a 49-6 loss, in Richmond.
That outcome really wasn’t too shocking, though.
The Black Bears had many of the key players back from a team that advances to the semifinals of the Class 5A Playoffs last season.
Central put a squad on the field that had just a handful of players with any really experience at the varsity level.
“They are one of the best 5A teams in the state,” Central coach Bert Browne said. “They are big and strong. When you play a bunch of young kids, you need the breaks to go your way early. We had some shots, but they just fell through.”
The Indians will try to rebound from that loss when they head to Versailles today to take on Woodford County (0-1).
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Yellowjackets also opened the season with a lopsided loss last week.
Nelson County ran out to a 34-0 lead in the second quarter and rolled to a 41-12 win in Bardstown.
Quarterback Dylan Beasley had five touchdowns and 440 yards of total offense for Nelson County.
“They are 0-1 just like we are,” Browne said. “They got beat pretty soundly just like we did. So, one of us, hopefully us, will come out of there with a win and feel good about it.”
The Indians will head into the game banged up.
Several starters, including Brandon Northern (junior lineman), Will Nash (junior) and Joe Sallee (sophomore tackle), probably won’t be able to go against the Yellow Jackets.
Central allowed 417 yards of total offense against Harlan County, 324 of which came on the ground. The Indians never led, but get a 75-yard touchdown pass Kameron Presnell to John Williams in the first quarter that cut the Black Bears’ lead to 7-6.
That one big play accounted for almost all the Central offense. The Indians had just three first downs, only 89 yards of total offense and finished with -21 yards rushing.
“Our offensive line has got to play better,” Browne said. “Our tight ends have to block better. Our offensive line has to block better. We just didn’t do that.”
Central has not played Woodford in 13 years. The Indians beat the Yellowjackets, 34-7, Sept. 29, 2000 in Versailles.