The Madison Central coaching staff didn’t have very much to say to its players in the locker room Friday during halftime of the team’s annual showdown with long-time rival Tates Creek.

“We just talked to them,” Central coach Kenny Turner said. “We were very calm. Our kids responded in a positive way. We didn’t say anything. We barely talked to them.”

The Indians certainly responded, in a big, big way.

Central scored 33 points in the third quarter and quickly turned a tie game into yet another blowout victory. Isaiah Kavanaugh scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and standout senior back Keshawn Simpson added two more scores as the Indians (4-0) pulled away for a 46-25 win.

“We just got hyped up,” Central senior offensive lineman Larry Warford said. “We weren’t doing too badly. It was just like starting the game all over again. We just came out with more intensity.”

The Indians wasted little time taking charge in the second half.

It took them less than two minutes to regain the lead, this time for good.

On the third play of the second half, quarterback Zac Coldiron hit Kavanaugh on a 55-yard touchdown pass. Simpson added a pair of touchdown runs (12-yard at 8:36 and 15-yard at 5:02) as the Indians quickly built a 20-point lead.

Mays later returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown and then Kavanaugh scored his third touchdown, a 57-yard run with 2:32 left in the third.

“That was just an outstanding display of good, hard football,” Turner said. “We just rose to the occasion and that’s what we’ve been looking for.”

Even though the Indians had two touchdowns called back because of penalties, they still racked up 352 total yards, including 268 yards rushing. Kavanaugh led the offense, finishing with 218 total yards (155 rushing on five carries and three catches for 63 yards) and Simpson added 84 yards on 11 carries.

“We had a couple called back and we could have got our heads down,” Turner said. “Again, we just play harder when that happens. That’s the mark of a champion.”

Through the first three weeks of the season, the Indians had not allowed a point and had only surrendered just 444 yards of total offense while forcing 13 turnovers.

The defense wasn’t nearly as dominant against Creek (1-3), allowing 20 first downs and 327 total yards, but was once again solid enough to allow the Indians to improve to 4-0 for the second-straight season.

“It’s a team effort,” Turner said. “Still, the defense forced three turnovers and put the offense in good position.”

Central took the lead mid-way through the first on a 12-yard by Shane King, but Tates Creek responded early in the second when Chris Kemplin threw a 21-yard TD pass to Alan Beatty, tying the score at 6-6.

Kavanaugh’s first touchdown put the Indians back in front until the Commodores pulled even again. Kemplin threw another touchdown with 17 seconds left in the half.

Rozell James got loose for a 72-yard run late in the third for Tates Creek and Kemplin threw another TD pass late in the fourth to Cam Ruddell, but by that point the outcome had long since been decided.

Coldiron finished seven-of-13 for 84 yards with an interception and King finished with 36 yards on five carries.

“We made a big statement,” Warford said. “Madison Central is going far this year.”

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