The Indians (1-8) were handed a big loss at home last week to district rival Bryan Station.

They also lost two very important players.

Senior defensive back Daeshon Gowdy and junior quarterback Canon Scenters both suffered season-ending knee injuries.

It was a major blow to a team that has lost four-straight games and has battled through plenty of bad luck.

"I'm really proud of the kids. In the face of so much adversity, they just keep bouncing back and working hard," Madison Central coach Mark Scenters said.

The Indians still have work to do.

Central is set to wrap up the regular season today against Southwestern (4-5).

Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Somerset.

Gowdy tore his ACL trying to break up a pass. Scenters' injury was even more severe.

The quarterback tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus.

Those injuries just add to a growing list of Central players who are out for the season, including Even Dexter and Cameron McAlpin.

"Tanner McIntosh had surgery this week and we have four other kids who are scheduled to have surgery," Scenters said.

Gowdy had 39 tackles, fifth-most on the team, with two tackles-for-loss, three fumble recoveries and an interception.

The senior was a leader for the defense and an impact player on special teams as well.

"It really hurts us when you think of all the places that Daeshon helped our team," Scenters said. "He's likely our best athlete and he's a guy you could count on to put on the other team's best receiver. We moved him into the deep return role and he made our return game very explosive. Losing him is huge."

The loss of Scenters is even bigger because the Indians really don't have another quarterback on the roster.

Dylan Witt saw action in two games earlier this season, but is no longer with the program.

Nathan Storie stepped under center for the final few plays against Bryan Station. The junior wide receiver/defensive back has very limited experience playing quarterback.

The Indians could use Storie or a couple of running backs in a wildcat-type offensive set.

"We are going to keep that in our pocket until game time," Scenters said of the quarterback situation. "It could be one person or it could be a couple of people."

The timing of the injury creates a complex problem.

The match-up with Southwestern is, in some ways, meaningless. Central's playoff position is already set.

The Indians will take on Clark County (5-4) on Nov. 8 in Winchester.

Central needs to come up with a different gameplan, but doesn't want to let the Cardinals or other potential postseason foes get a look at their new-look offense.

"We will get a chance to test out our retooling, but that means we also put it on film," Scenters said. "So, our next opponent will be able to scout us out a little bit."

Southwestern also finds itself in a unique situation.

The Warriors are coming off an emotional win over cross-town rival Pulaski County last week. Southwestern won in overtime, 15-7.

The Warriors finished third in their district standings, meaning they will have to face Pulaski County again next week in the opening round of the Class 5A Playoffs.

"I can't imagine they will hold anything back, but it will be interesting to see how they go about things considering the fact that they just came off a big game and will have to play the same opponent again next week," Scenters said.

The Warriors have been playing well.

They've won two-straight and three of their past five games.

Southwestern's defense has been strong in recent weeks. The Warriors have allowed only 82 points in the past five games, including a shutout of Whitley County.

That defense is led by Austin Barnes.

The senior has a team-best 86 tackles on the season, highlighted by 10 tackles-for-loss. He also has 474 yards rushing with five touchdowns and five receptions.

"Austin Barnes is a really, really good football player," Scenters said. "He's an outstanding linebacker and their defense, as a whole, is very good."

Blake Burton has three touchdown passes on the season with two interceptions, while Chase Doan has a team-best 660 yards rushing with seven touchdowns.

Xavier Streeter has 11 catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

Southwestern and Central faced each other last season in the Doc Sipple Bowl at Madison Southern.

The Warriors won that game, 26-7.

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