The Panthers came into the regular-season finale knowing they still had an outside chance to earn a first-round home playoff game.
Madison Central really didn’t have a lot of extra motivation — and that fact was painfully obvious.
Knox Central (6-3) was in charge basically from the start, rolling to a 26-0 win over the Indians Friday in miserable conditions in Barbourville.
Jeffery Canady scored all four touchdowns for the Panthers, three rushing (6, 20 and 8 yards) and one receiving (27 yards). Canady finished with 93 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving.
Standout junior running back Dominique Hawkins did not play as Central (5-5) had its three-game winning streak snapped.
The Indians were limited to just 164 total yards.
Regardless of the outcome of the regular-season finale, Central was already locked into a first-round playoff showdown with Boone County next week in the Class 6A Playoffs.
In reality, the game was pretty much meaningless.
Knox Central scored once in each quarter and finished with 298 yards of total offense.
Foster started at tailback in place of Hawkins. He finished with 54 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Hunter Stocker had 46 yards rushing on 12 carries and was six-for-18 passing with 66 yards and one interception.
Ken-jah Bosley had three catches for 39 yards, while Kevin Segar had two catches for 30 yards.
Knox Central finished in a three-way tie for first place in its district with a 2-1 record. But, despite the win over Central, the Panthers finish third in a complicated tiebreaker and will have to travel to Boyle County next week for the opening round of the Class 4A Playoffs.