BEREA -- Over and over, Madison Central's defense just wasn't able to get off the field in the biggest moments.
And those missed opportunities turned out to be very costly.
Lexington Christian Academy converted on 9-of-13 third-down attempts, racked up 25 first downs, collected 445 yards of total offense and had the ball for more than 29 minutes.
All that added up to a 45-15 win over the Indians (0-4) Friday at the annual Doc Sipple Bowl in Berea.
LCA quarterback Jayden Barnhardt had four touchdown passes and 306 yards. He also had a team-best 46 yards rushing.
"They were able to control the game by holding on to the football," Madison Central coach Mark Scenters said.
The loss was the fifth-straight for Central.
The Indians had four turnovers, including two interceptions from junior quarterback Canon Scenters.
Central's defense put the Eagles (3-1) in long-yardage situations several times in the first half.
However, LCA always seemed to come up with a big play.
LCA converted on a 3rd on 19 after a holding penalty on its first drive, which was capped by a 4-yard TD pass from Barnhardt to Elijah Hammonds.
The Eagles were successful on four-straight third-down attempts on their next drive, including a 3-and-11. That lead to a 15-yard TD run by Will Vernon.
"You feel like you've got them stopped," Scenters said. "Then they convert another one and keep the drive going. We just have to believe that if we keep working hard that we will get break."
In the second quarter, Barnhardt hit Xavier with a 36-yard touchdown on a third-down play to put LCA up 21-0.
Scenters hooked up with John Landsaw for an 80-yard touchdown pass with 1:27 left before half.
The Eagles converted on 6-of-7 third downs in the first half and took a 28-7 lead into the break after a 47-yard TD pass to Brown with seven seconds left in the second quarter.
On the third play of the second half, Dearious Smith caught a 72-yard pass from Barnhardt.
After a 21-yard field goal by Andrew Dobbs, Jeffery Selby scored on a 1-yard run that put LCA up 45-8.
Scenters hit Ashton Hulberg on a 59-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Central finished with 263 total yards (90 rushing) and 4-of-12 combined on third and fourth downs.
"It's tough," Scenters said. "We've got to be able to sustain some kind of running game. We are going to have to look at something. Everything builds off the running game."
Barnhardt was 19-of-29 with one interception.
Brown had seven catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Smith had four catches for 107 yards.
Scenters was 7-of-16 for 173 yards.
Landsaw had two catches for 93 yards and Blake Snyder led Central rushing attack with 39 yards on four attempts.
The Indians will look to snap their losing streak next week in Lexington against Lafayette.