The Madison Central coaching staff went into the regular-season finale with a new offensive gameplan -- and also a new quarterback.
The changes did not result in a victory.
The experience, however, is something the Indians hope will make a difference this week and perhaps beyond.
"It was a building block," Central coach Mark Scenters said of a 37-6 loss last week at Southwestern. "We are really just trying to play to our strengths."
The Indians will look to build off the positives from last week when they take on a long-time rival in the opening round of the Class 6A Playoffs.
Central (1-9) is set to face Clark County (6-4) today in Winchester.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
The winner advances to the district title game to face either Oldham County or Bryan Station.
"We weren't able to get a win, but I'm proud of the resilience of our kids and our coaches," Scenters said of Central's loss to Southwestern.
Junior quarterback Canon Scenters suffered a season-ending on Oct. 25 against Bryan Station.
Nate Storie made his first-ever start at quarterback against the Warriors. The junior wide receiver was 6-for-12 for 45 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Storie -- a wide receiver/defensive back -- had not played quarterback for any extended period of time since he was in middle school.
"Nate stepped into a tough situation," Scenters said. "He had to take over as the quarterback late in the season and he had to still pull double duty on defense. He's doing a good job. He gives us a guy (at QB) who can run a little bit. We've had to work things around his strengths."
With Storie under center, the Central offense produced only 151 yards of total offense (106 rushinig).
The Indians also had two turnovers -- their 33rd and 34th of the season.
"We've obviously still got to do a better job. We've got to do a better job protecting the football," Scenters said. "We've got to do a better job blocking and tackling."
Storie ran the ball six times and was not sacked, but Central still kept the focus on the ground game. The Indians had 48 rush attempts that gained 172 yards.
Adrien Parks (66 yards) and Joe Burton (35 yards) each had 18 carries.
Storie showed the ability to move the ball through the air, though. His first-ever touchdown pass came on a bootleg play where he found Zach Holbrook for a 4-yard score.
The coaching staff kept the gameplan rather simple last week, but trusts Storie enough to throw in some 'wrinkles' for the playoff game.
"He's a smart young man and he's reliable," Scenters said of Storie.
Central and Clark County played just three weeks ago in Winchester.
The Cardinals led by 22 points in the first half before the Indians stormed back. Central got within eight points three times before falling, 42-34.
Canon Scenters had three touchdown passes, but the Indians had only 222 yards of offense.
"It's a new season with a new lease on life," Scenters said. "So, if we can get the job done against a good Clark County team, then we will have a chance to move on."
The Indians probably won't get a chance to move on if they are once again not able to slow down running back Azariah Isreal.
The junior had 184 yards on 30 rushes with two touchdowns in the first match-up with Central.
On the season, he has 1,950 yards on the ground and 27 touchdowns (25 rushing, one receiving and one on a kickoff return).
"Israel is playing better now than the first time we faced them," Scenters said. "I am just continually impressed with him."
Israel isn't Clark County's only offensive threat.
Junior quarterback Jordan Manley had four touchdown passes against Central last month, including three TDs to Dawson Gay.
"The first time, we stacked the back and tried to stop Israel and Manley threw the ball better than he did all season," Scenters said.
Manley has 14 touchdowns on the season with just five interceptions. Gay has a team-best eight TD catches.
The Indians have lost five-straight games and have just one victory on the season.
But after a narrow loss to Clark County last month, they go into the rematch with some confidence.
"We were right in the game and had a chance to win it," Scenters said of the first game. "So, we are going into this game with the mindset that we have a chance to advance."