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The Indians didn’t do much wrong last week.

They scored on their first eight possessions, had a running-clock lead before halftime and allowed just 10 yards of total offense in a 69-6 win at home over South Laurel.

“It seemed like everything we did went well,” Madison Central coach Mike Holcomb said. “Most nights are going to be a little bit harder than that.”

The Indians certainly expect more of a battle this week against a long-time rival Lafayette in Lexington. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. today.

Central has won four-straight against the Generals, who are coming off a tough loss to Madison Southern.

“They are looking more solid,” Holcomb said of Lafayette. “They had a real good game last week. They are like us, they have to play good teams week-in and week-out. They are a team you have to respect and make sure you are prepared.”

The Indians racked up 408 yards of total offense last week and averaged 10.2 yards a play.

Central’s point total was the most for the team since a 70-0 victory over West Jessamine in 2016.

Kenyatta Hardge had three rushing touchdowns and Brady Hensley scored twice on the ground, while Blake Snyder, Jackson Rohrer and Brock Eads also had rushing touchdowns. Jayden West had six receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown.

“We played really well on offense and our defense gave us short fields, which we were able take advantage of,” Holcomb said. “The kids executed well and followed our gameplan.”

The Generals had 318 yards last week against Southern — 290 through the air.

Lafayette quarterback Hayden Dawahare was 32-of-53 with two touchdowns (Lucas Doneghy and Tanner Pace) and was sacked twice.

“That’s putting the ball in the air an awful lot,” Holcomb said.

The Indians topped Lafayette, 21-0, in last year’s season opener, allowing just 100 yards of total offense.

The Generals attempted only 23 passes in that game.

“They have a different offensive coordinator and they are doing some different things,” Central senior tight end/defensive end Peyton Dandaneau said of Lafayette.

The Indians and Generals have met in each of the past 10 seasons, with the teams each winning five times.

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