The Indians haven't had many reasons to celebrate through the first month of the season.
Madison Central (0-4) is winless, has been out-scored 129-67 and has the worst rating percentage index (RPI) of any Class 6A team in the state.
And last week, the Indians were handed a 30-point loss by Lexington Christian Academy.
"It stinks. Being 0-4 stinks no matter how you slice it," Central coach Mark Scenters said. "No one is happy about it. The coaching staff is upset about it. The players are upset and I'm sure the administration and others are not thrilled about it either."
It's been disappointing.
The season, however, is far from over.
"All we can do is go back to work — and that's what we are going to do," Scenters said.
The Indians will look to get back on track this week on the road against an old rival.
Central is set to take on Lafayette (0-4) today in Lexington.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
"I'm excited about the match-up," Scenters said. "I think that we've got a great opportunity to win one this week and get the season turned around."
Both teams are winless.
And both teams have played tough early season schedules.
The Generals have lost to three in-state schools that are currently undefeated — Johnson Central (3-0), Scott County (4-0) and Frederick Douglass (4-0).
Last week, Lafayette traveled to Cincinnati and was handed a 68-7 loss by Archbishop Moller.
Through four games, the Generals have been out-scored 185-38.
"They've played a very strong schedule," Scenters said. "They've got athletes at spots. Them being 0-4 is a bit of a mirage because they've play an extremely tough schedule."
The teams Central has faced so far this season have a combined record of 10-6.
In the loss to LCA last week, the Indians once again struggle on third downs — on both sides of the ball.
The Eagles converted on 9-of-13 attempts, while the Indians were just 3-of-9.
For the season, Central has allowed its opponents to convert on 22-of-50 third-down attempts, while converting only 31 percent of the time on offense.
"I would say our season third-down percent is not awful, but it is not where it should be," Scenters said. "It's been something I've been keeping my eye on all night long."
Central had just 90 yards rushing on 28 attempts against LCA — an average of just 3.2 yards.
The Indians had only three first downs rushing.
The match-up with the Eagles was the first since junior Cameron McAlpin was lost for the season with a broken leg.
His absence certainly had an impact on the effectiveness of the offense, especially the running game.
"Losing Cam has had an impact," Scenters said. "He was that battering ram guy. In a lot of ways he is an old school fullback. He and Ashton (Hulberg) were splitting time at that spot. Cam was really coming into his own."
The Indians also had two giveaways (both fumbles) in the loss to LCA. Central is -6 in turnover margin for the season and has not had a positive turnover advantage in any game.
"We've got to focus on and getting ourselves ready," Scenters said. "That's the biggest thing for us."
Junior quarterback Canon Scenters had two touchdown passes last week. He's completed 44-of-73 passes on the season for 533 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions.
Joe Burton had a team-best 234 yards rushing, while Hulberg has two rushing touchdowns and a team-best 159 yards receiving.
The Generals have just six touchdowns on the season, including one defensive score.
Sophomore quarterback Tanner Pace has completed just 18-of-42 passes for 355 with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Noah Curtsinger has eight catches on the season for 207 yards and one touchdown. JeaWon Kendrick has a team-best 68 yards rushing on 39 carries.
Lafayette has a strong core of linebackers, led by Jaylen Lawson. The senior had 27 tackles, one sack and nine tackles-for-loss.
"Jaylen Lawson is a man," Scenters said. "He is all over the place. From watching the film, I think his tackles numbers are a little low. I think he has to be averaging 10 tackles a game."
The Indians have beaten the Generals each of the past two years, including 25-17 last year in Lexington.