By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Shortly after the final buzzer sounded on a hard-fought victory last week at home over Tates Creek, Madison Central coach Bert Browne was already looking ahead to the next challenge.
And he plenty of reasons to be concerned.
“We’ve got to play better than that against Lafayette,” Brown said.
Even though the Indians finished with a season-high 509 yards of total offense and 323 yards rushing, they were never able to put away the Commodoes in the district opener for both teams.
Central (5-2, 1-0 district) held on for a 45-38 win, but gave up a series of big plays on defense and special teams, including a kickoff return for a touchdown.
The Indians will need a better all-around effort to beat Lafayette today in Lexington. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
“The biggest trouble for us is stopping the pass,” Central senior Ken-Jah Bosley said. “We still need to work on that. But, its good that we got our first district win.”
The win was the third-straight for the Indians and the fourth-straight district victory going back to last year.
Last year’s game with Lafayette, a 26-7 win in Richmond, ultimately determined the district title.
That will likely be the case again this year.
Both teams are 1-0 in the district after Lafayette hammered Clark County, 35-13, last week in Winchester.
Central’s offense has been outstanding in the past three games. The Indians have averaged 44 points a game and 420 yards a game during that win streak.
Against Tates Creek, senior running back Dominique Hawkins put together his best performance of the season, rushing for a season-high 207 yards on 22 carries for three touchdowns. He has rushed for 100-plus yards four times this season, including each of the past three games.
Bosley caught five passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, giving him nine receiving TDs on the season.
Lafayette has won four-straight games and has out-scored its opponents 165-84 during that stretch.
In their win over Clark County, the Generals got a balanced offensive attack and jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead. Kylan Nelson rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Garrett Peavler had 260 yards passing and three touchdowns. Darius Hughes had six catches, while Brandon Epps had four catches for 52 yards and a touchdown.
So far this season, Peavler has thrown for 1,719 yards and 15 touchdowns, with 10 interceptions.
Nelson has rushed for 740 yards and nine touchdowns.
In last year’s game, Central limited Lafayette to 173 yards of total offense and forced five turnovers.
Central is set to finish district play next week at Clark County. The top two teams in each district get to play host to a first-round playoff game.
Lafayette wraps up district play next week at home against Tates Creek.