Watching the game film of a season-opening loss to Conner was a great learning experience for the Indians (0-1).
The coaching staff was able to show them just how close they were to making big plays, and just how close they came to earning a victory.
“We made a couple of key mistakes at key times,” Central coach Mark Scenters said. “That really held true on the film. The good thing was we had so much to teach off the film and we were able to show them that we were not that far away. We need to clean up our mistakes We’ve got to have some guys step up and make some plays.”
The Indians had four turnovers in the 27-6 loss to the Cougars, but still trailed by only eight points with 10 minutes left.
For a young team, the mistakes were costly — but correctable.
“Our kids gained a lot of knowledge and some confidence after watching the film,” Scenters said.
The Indians will need to learn from those mistakes if they hope to come up with a win on the road this week.
Central is set to take on Anderson County today in Lawrenceburg.
Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
“They are an awfully good football team,” Scenters said of Anderson County.
The Bearcats were 10-0 last season before falling to Highlands in the opening round of the Class 5A Playoffs. They bring back almost everyone from that team and opened the season last week with a 42-13 win over Spencer County.
Junior quarterback Jagger Gillis led the Anderson County attack. He had four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing).
Kynan Russell had a 45-yard touchdown catch and returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown. Zach Labhart had a 60-yard touchdown catch and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
The Bearcats rushed for almost 3,000 yards last year and averaged 5.6 yards a carry in the season opener.
“They are not going to throw it all over the place,” Scenters said of Anderson County. “They are going to run it and establish the run game. If they have the opportunity, though, they are going to throw it.”
Anderson County limited Spencer County to just 252 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers.
“Their linebackers are active. They like to blitz a lot,” Scenters said of Anderson County.
Turnovers were a big problem last week for Central.
The Indians had first-and-goal on their first possession, but fumbled. They got a touchdown run from Joe Burton in the second quarter and went into the half down 14-6.
In his first varsity start, junior quarterback Canon Scenters was 9-of-18 for 111 yards and three interceptions.
“There were times when he looked good, he looked comfortable and was running the offense well,” Scenters said of the QB. “We kind of had them on their heels early.”
The Indians were shorthanded up front with junior offensive lineman Neal Martin out of the lineup.
Sophomore Noah Shipley started on both sides of the line and was on the field for more than 120 plays.
“What an amazing job he did as a sophomore,” Scenters said of Shipley.
Martin could be back in the line-up tonight, along with perhaps junior Matt Jones.
“That’s going to be a huge help,” Scenters said of having Martin back.