After ending the regular season with a tough loss against undefeated Boyle County last week, the Eagles will look to bounce back in the first round of the Class 5A Playoffs tonight in Berea.

Madison Southern will face Wood-ford County once again after defeating them earlier this season.

The Eagles (5-5) rolled past the Yellow Jackets 40-7 on Oct. 11 at home and racked up 414 yards of offense during the game.

In that game, the Yellow Jackets had a hard time containing sophomore AJ Jones, who had four touchdowns -- three rushing and one touchdown catch.

The Eagles defense also shined against Woodford County, with Clay Bunch leading the defensive line with eight tackles and Dawson Gabbard with a crucial sack.

Freshman Jackson Chambers had two interceptions.

"We played one of our better games against them the first time," Southern coach Jon Clark said.

However, the coach admitted one victory doesn't necessarily mean a repeat is a given.

"It's hard to beat the same team twice. We found that out in 2017, we beat Anderson County pretty good during the regular season and then we barely scooped by them in the playoffs," Clark recalled. "Woodford County is a good team and our kids know that they are a good team. They are going to have to show up and play a really good football game if they want to win."

Last week, short-handed Southern struggled against Boyle County.

The Rebels took control early and coasted to a 42-7 win.

The Eagles were without starting quarterback Tobias Storm, who was sidelined with a minor injury. Freshman Cole Carpenter and sophomore wide receiver Walt Smith split the responsibilities last Friday.

Clark would not comment if Storm would return for the rematch with the Yellow Jackets -- saying only that the team would have to step up if the junior could not play.

Last week, Carpenter was 5-of-14 with a touchdown and an interception and Smith had a touchdown catch on three carries for 46 yards.

The Eagles only had 140 yards of offense on Friday against the Rebels.

"I thought we played really hard and did some good things, it was a good game for us to push ourselves," Clark said.

The Yellow Jackets (6-4) come into tonight's game after ending their regular season with a dominant 36-8 win over North Oldham last week at home.

Woodford had 266 yards rushing and 58 yards passing on the night.

Quarterback Bryce Patterson was 5-of-14 through the air and one touchdown. Amartae Rice had 20 carries for 235 yards and three rushing touchdowns.

The Eagles have won five-straight against Woodford County.

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