Earlier this week, Tobias Storm confidently issued a warning.
He declared that it was finally time for Madison Southern to 'take back the county.'
On Friday, he made sure that happened.
The senior quarterback accounted for more than 300 yards of offense and had four touchdowns as the Eagles (1-2) defeated Madison Central (0-3), 34-25, in Richmond.
Storm threw for two touchdowns and ran for two scores as Southern snapped a four-game losing streak against its biggest rival.
"It feels amazing," Storm said. "I've got a ton of respect for Central. Tonight, I just think we wanted it more. We just kept playing until the whistle was blown."
Storm and the rest of Southern's senior class had never beaten the Indians.
In the past two seasons, the Eagles had been out-scored by a total margin of 84-28 in the rivalry showdown.
This time, Southern used a strong second half to pull away.
The Eagles had a 34-11 lead after a 7-yard touchdown run by Storm early in the fourth quarter.
"It feels great," Southern coach Jon Clark said. "It feels like we've given them one or two in the past few years that we should have had. We make the moment too big sometimes."
Storm was Southern's starting quarterback last season, but was moved to receiver in the preseason and junior Walt Smith took over under center.
Injuries prompted the Southern coach staff to move Storm back to quarterback and the senior has taken his game to another level.
"He's comfortable back there," Clark said of Storm. "It's his second year back there. He trusts everyone around him. He's done a really good job. We are so proud of him."
So far this season, Storm has completed 29-of-39 passes for five touchdowns, 479 yards and only one interception.
"They had me take the job back over after our first scrimmage," Storm said. "Walt is a better slot receiver and he is just better in space."
Smith also played a big role in the rivalry victory.
He caught two touchdowns, threw a touchdown pass and also had an interception. Smith had three catches for 116 yards.
"I was playing for the seniors. They are all my best friends," Smith said.
Southern scored on its first possession. Storm capped a six-play, 50-yard drive with a 23-yard pass to Smith.
Central took its only lead of the game when Asthon Hulberg scored on a 2-yard run with 4:16 left in the first quarter and Edgren Sweat ran in the two-point conversion.
Smith got loose for a 87-yard touchdown catch before Central's Patrick Moren connected on a 33-yard field goal.
At the end of the first quarter, Southern led the Indians, 13-11.
The Eagles were up big early at home last week against Southwestern before suffering a heartbreaking loss in overtime.
Southern didn't let the lead slip away this time.
"We approach every game the same, but I don't think the rivalry hurt getting us ready," Clark said of his team bouncing back from a tough loss.
Broc Parmer caught a 32-yard pass from Smith with 8:21 left in the second quarter and Southern took a 20-11 lead into halftime.
Storm did more damage in the second half.
The senior scored on a 45-yard run in the third, then added a TD run in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to put the Eagles up by 23 points.
"I know it meant a lot to him and you can tell by the way he played the game," Madison Central coach Mark Scenters said of Storm. "He was able to put his team on his back."
Hulberg scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter and Adrien Parks added a 6-yard run in with 51 seconds left for Central.
The Eagles out-gained Central, 435 to 251. Southern rushed for 239 yards.
Southern was 3-for-4 on fourth down, including Parmer's touchdown catch.
Adrian Jones had 76 yards rushing for Southern, while Parmer had two catches for 38 yards.
Storm was 9-of-11 passing for 164 yards.
Central's Canon Scenters completed 8-of-21 passes for 95 yards and had one interception.
Joe Burton led the Indian rushing attack with 88 yards on 17 carries. Hulberg had 63 yards on 12 carries and four catches for 23 yards.
Southern is set to return to action Friday at home against Danville.
Central is set to return to action Friday against Lexington Christian Academy at the Doc Sipple Bowl in Berea.