Coverage Recap: Madison Central 31 | Warren Central 27
This game lived up to all the hype it was given throughout the week… and them some. It was a defensive slugfest for four quarters. At the end of the night, it was Madison Central who made a few more plays and got the job done. The Jaguars defeated Warren Central 31-27 in a double overtime thriller to advance to 3-0 in region play. It was a fun one to watch.
Both defenses sold out on stopping the run and caused problems up at the line of scrimmage. Big defensive plays were abundant immediately. The first quarter was scoreless. Then crazy things began to happen.
Warren Central knew someone had to make something happen to get points on the board if the offense couldn’t. They got those points thanks to a fumble by Madison Central’s Cedric Beal. Warren Central’s Malik Sims recovered the loose ball and took it 35 yards the other way for a touchdown. The score was 7-0 Vikings with 11:00 left in the first half.
Madison Central answered the bell with a couple key runs by Cam White and a few penalties and got to the red zone. After a few shaky plays, the Jaguars were faced with 4th and goal from the one yard line. The Vikings stood firm and stuffed Beal on 4th down. The very next play, the Jaguars got in the backfield and forced a safety. The score was 7-2, Warren Central still with the lead.
The safety forced the Vikings to kickoff to the Jaguars. Madison Central found a way to move the ball on Warren Central on the previous drive and used that exact same game plan on the next drive. The Jaguars threatened again in the red zone. Quarterback Jimmy Holiday overthrew his man and was picked off at the 10 yard line by Jalen Allen. Allen raced all the way to Madison Central’s 26 yard line under two minutes to play until halftime. On 3rd down, inside the red zone, Viking quarterback Fred Barnum threw an interception in the end zone to Kobe Cole with 30 seconds left in the half. That turned out to be a huge stop for the Jaguars. The score was 7-2 at halftime, Warren Central had the lead. The first half was full of defensive plays. Things were set to shift a little bit for the next 24 minutes.
Cam White carried the Jaguars on his back to open the third quarter. He scored a red zone touchdown after breaking a few tackles to give the Jaguars their first lead of the night. The score was now 9-7. Warren Central responded with an impressive drive led by Barnum that resulted in a 28 yard field goal by Hank Holdiness. The kick was good, and Warren Central regained the lead 10-9 with 6:43 left in the third quarter.
After a failed Jaguar drive, Warren Central set off to extend their lead. The Jaguars gave them free yards numerous times on that drive to set up the Vikings with 1st and goal. Corey Wilson capitalized with a four yard score with 3:18 left in the third quarter. Warren Central had a 17-9 lead.
The Jaguars had a good drive going like they had the past couple of offensive possessions. The found their way to the red zone, and were once again stopped on 4th and goal. Warren Central couldn’t cash in and were forced to punt the ball away. Then Jimmy Holiday really rose to the occasion. They threatened once again. They were able to finally convert on 4th down in the red zone. Right after that, Holiday rolled out to the left and was hit by a couple Viking defenders, but he wouldn’t be denied. A great second effort by Holiday resulted in a touchdown for the Jaguars. They had to go for two for the tie. They got the two points with a carry by Cam White. The score was knotted up at 17 with 2:56 left to play in the game.
Madison Central was determined to get the ball back. Their defense stopped the Vikings and forced them to punt. The punt was muffed and recovered by Warren Central at the Jaguar 30 yard line with about 30 seconds left to play. That was the last thing the Jaguars wanted. Now Warren Central had a chance to win the game in regulation. Hank Holdiness had an opportunity to give his team the win with a second left on the clock. The kick was wide right. Turns out that the disastrous turnover before that didn’t come back to haunt them. The game went into overtime.
Madison Central got the ball first to begin the overtime period. Holiday threw a beautiful one-on-one fade throw to Hunter Blalock in the back corner of the end zone to retake the lead. The score was 24-17 Jaguars. Now it was Warren Central’s turn to respond. The Vikings answered. Barnum hit Corey Willson in the end zone to tie the game once again. There was more free football in Madison. The game went into a second overtime. The Vikings got the ball first to begin the second overtime period. The Jaguars forced 4th down. Holdiness connected on a field goal to regain the lead, but Madison Central had a chance to win the game with a touchdown. The score was then 27-24 Vikings. Now it was Holiday’s turn. Holiday rolled out to the right to find a man open. Instead, he found the end zone open in front of him. Holiday ran to the end zone and crossed the line for a touchdown. As soon as he turned around to face the sidelines, his 10 other offensive starters mobbed him. The entire Jaguar sideline eventually did as well. That touchdown won the game. The final score was 31-27. The Jaguars will travel to Starkville next week and will battle them for first place in the region. The Vikings will host Murrah next week.
Player of the game:
Madison Central - QB Jimmy Holiday