The Madison Central defense had only one breakdown in the season opener Saturday against Collins.
Mikalii Stoner caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Joe Lucas late in the third quarter.
That play tied the game at 7-7 and accounted for almost of all of the Titans' offense in the Roy Kidd Bowl Saturday.
Collins finished with just six first downs and only 116 yards of total offense as the Indians picked up a 23-7 victory in Richmond. Senior Freddy Chenault had two touchdowns and a game-high 151 yards rushing and Ethan Hahn had a 46-yard touchdown run.
"It was just an outstanding defensive effort all together," Central coach Mark Scenters said. "We made a couple of mistakes, but we hustled and made up for them. Our defensive coaches did such a good job preparing this week. I can't say enough about them. They kept picking us up."
Central's defense rose to the challenge against a team that reached the Class 4A state semifinals last season.
The Titans had a total of only two yards rushing on 23 attempts.
On the 40 plays other than the long touchdown pass, Collins had only 40 yards.
"We executed from the defensive line all the way to the defensive backs," Central senior linebacker Jackson Juett said. "We had a good game plan going into this week. We preach passion, intensity and emotion and we just want to get better day-in and day-out."
Hahn provided the big offensive play in the first half for Central.
The speedy senior weaved his way through the Titan defense and broke loose for a 46-yard touchdown with 4:31 left in the second quarter.
Central took that 7-0 lead into the half.
The Indians opened the third quarter with a long drive that drained more than eight minutes off the clock. They couldn't capitalize, though.
Central couldn't convert on a 4th & 8 on the Collins' 23-yard line.
That set the stage for a crazy sequence of events.
In the final three minutes of the third quarter all of these things happened - an interception by Central's Nathan Storie, a fumble out of the back of the end zone by Central QB Derrick Miller that resulted in a touchback, an on-side kick recovery by Collins after a long touchdown pass and a fumble.
"It was a bunch of kids fighting their tales off on both sides," Scenters said. "It was a bunch of gritty kids trying to make plays."
The fourth quarter started off with another momentum-changing play.
Central blocked a punt and four players later, Chenault put the Indians back in front with a 2-yard touchdown run. Hahn added the two-point conversion.
Chenault added a 9-yard TD run with 3:58 in the game that sealed the win for for Central.
"I just want to get the team going," Chenault said. "If can make a big play, then everyone can follow me."
Chenault had 151 yards on 24 carries as Central racked up 355 yards of offense.
The senior running back was named the most valuable player of the game.
"I had a good game, but I couldn't have done it without the guys up front," Chenault said.
Hahn had 79 yards rushing on seven carries and had 32 yards on two receptions.
Miller completed 4-of-11 passes for 52 yards and rushed for 68 yards on 10 carries.
Central was 5-of-11 on third downs, had 18 first downs and finished with 355 yards rushing.
Joe Lucas completed 5-of 18 passes for Collins.
Central is set to return to action Friday at home against Woodford County.