Madison Central coach Mark Scenters had an optimistic message for his team after another hard-fought setback.
"Continue to believe in yourself and continue to believe in each other and continue to work," Scenters said.
The Indians battled once again, but couldn't come up with enough offense to claim a victory.
Central (1-3) had just 181 yards of total offense and didn't find the end zone until the closing minutes and suffered a 23-10 loss to district rival Oldham County Friday in Richmond.
The Indians had two more turnovers -- giving them 12 on the season -- and also had a couple of special teams miscues.
"I want to give credit to them," Scenters said of Oldham County. "They did a good job. They took away our deep shots with some umbrella coverage. They bent, but they didn't break."
Central's offense has produced only 34 points during a three-game losing streak.
The Indians had only 93 yards of total offense in the first half and went into the break down 16-3.
Oldham County (3-1, 1-0 district) blocked a punt on the opening possession of the game deep in Central territory. Five plays later, a 35-yard field goal by Jacob Pollak put the Colonels up 3-0.
The Indians responded with an eight-play, 50-yard drive that was capped by a 23-yard field goal by Patrick Moren.
Central's next two possessions resulted in turnovers -- an interception and a fumble -- and Oldham County scored twice in the second quarter. Quarterback Sam Young hit Jaxon Elkins on touchdown passes of 22 and 5 yards.
"Everything runs through him and we knew that," Scenters said of Young.
Young was 14-of-24 for 157 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a team-best 52 yards rushing.
The Colonels controlled the ball for most of the second half before Young hit Grayson Huff on a 18-yard pass with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter.
Oldham County was 7-of-17 on third down and 4-of-6 on fourth down and held the ball for more than 28 minutes.
"We had them in spots and they did a good job converting," Scenters said of Oldham County.
Senior Nate Storie started at quarterback for the third-straight game. He completed 7-of-11 passes for 99 yards. He connected with Zach Holbrook on a 21-yard TD pass with 24 seconds left in the game.
Storie also had a team-best 59 yards rushing.
Senior quarterback Canon Scenters returned to the field after an ankle sprain forced him out of the line-up. He was 0-for-6 passing.
John Landsaw had two catches for 40 yards and Holbrook had two catches for 33 yards.
Central had only 82 yards rushing on 26 attempts.
"The breaks are going against us right now and when the breaks are going against us, you've just got to keep going," Scenters said. "Sooner or later, we are going to catch a break."
Central is set to return to action Friday at home against district rival Clark County.