It seems to the be the same story almost every week for Madison Central.
The defense plays well enough to put the Indians in position to win, but the offense can't seem to avoid turnovers — especially in the biggest moments.
Central (1-2) had four more giveaways last week and suffered a 26-14 loss at home to Lincoln County.
The Indians trailed by just six points in the fourth quarter before giving the ball away (fumble, interception, fumble) on their final three possessions.
"Turnovers are going to happen," Madison Central coach Mark Scenters said. "You just have to minimize those mistakes. That's the really the thing we are focusing on — that we are not making it harder on ourselves than it already is."
The Indians will need to correct those mistakes as they head into the most important part of their schedule.
Central is set to open district play Friday at home against Oldham County.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
"Everything prior to this week has been preseason," Scenters said.
The Indians had 32 turnovers last year as they posted a 1-10 record.
Through three games this season, they already have 10.
"We are giving away way too many possessions," Scenters said. "We know that."
Those giveaways are a big reason Central has scored only 49 points.
Senior quarterback Canon Scenters missed last week's game with a high ankle sprain.
Nate Storie took over under center, just as he did late last season with Scenters was injured. Against Lincoln County, Storie was 6-of-12 for 58 yards and interception. He also had 61 yards rushing.
"Nate will probably start, but both them will be in uniform and ready to go," Scenters said.
Central took a 7-0 lead on its first possession against Lincoln County when Kenyatta Hardge scored on a 5-yard TD run. The freshman added another touchdown run in the final seconds of the three quarter to cut the Patriot lead to 20-14.
Central's defense was solid once again.
Lincoln County had only 215 total yards of offense, including 48 passing. Treyvion Parks and Jayden West each had an interception for the Indians, while Parks, Edgren Sweet, Noah Shipley and Anthony McLaughlin had seven tackles each.
Central's defense has allowed only 52 points and 577 total yards so far this season.
Oldham County carries a two-game winning streak into the district opener.
The Colonels opened the season with a 28-21 loss to South Oldham, then beat Campbell County (17-14) and Fern Creek (12-7) in two low-scoring games.
Quarterback Sam Young leads the Oldham offense. The junior has completed 45-of-81 passes for 518 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He is also the team's top rusher, racking up 148 yards on the ground on 27 attempts with one touchdown.
"He is a player," Scenters said of Young. "He started against us last year. He's a dandy. He's tall and long and really smart."
Grayson Huff has 13 receptions on the season for 114 yards and a touchdown. Jaylen McRoberts (six catches for 88 yards) and Jacob Davis (four catches for 53 yards) also have receiving touchdowns for the Colonels and Tate Crowell (114 yards rushing) and Trent Garrison (50 yards rushing) have rushing TDs as well.
Oldham County rolled to a 28-0 win over Central last season at home.
The Indians had just 44 yards of offense and three turnovers.
"I really think that we are super close to having a breakthrough," Scenters said. "We are one good win away from this group coming together a show what they are capable of."