The Madison Southern Eagles learned the hard way that no lead is safe. On Friday, the Eagles (0-2) saw a 21-7 halftime advantage slip away in the fourth quarter as Southwestern rallied to a 35-34 overtime win Friday night.
Coach Jon Clark said his squad must learn how to close out games.
“We have some guys that just don’t know what it takes to win at the end of a game,” he said.
“(They) have to push themselves more and practice and get into a physical shape that it takes to play high school football.”
Despite the loss, Clark said the team showed drastic improvement over the previous week.
Quarterback Tobias Storm threw for 118 yards and a pair of scores. Adrian Jones rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, while Cameron Holbrook scored a touchdown and finished with 37 yards rushing.
Jayshaun Ethridge and Walt Smith each caught scoring passes. Ethridge also recovered a fumble.
Southern returns to action Friday when it travels to Madison Central for a 7:30 p.m. game.
Berea slays Green Dragons
The Berea Pirates made it two straight after knocking off the Harlan Green Dragons Friday night.
Jaylen Whitaker rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown and threw for 79 yards in the win. Jaiden Cunningham rushed for 100 yards and added a pair of scores. Timmy Thompson caught nine passes for 77 yards.
The Pirates will be looking to start the season 3-0 when they host Caverna Saturday at 2 p.m.
Lady Eagles go 5-0 on week
The Madison Southern Lady Eagles (8-1) went 5-0 during the Capital City Classic in Frankfort.
The Lady Eagles defeated Bullett East twice, Sayre, Red Bird and Anderson County during the two-day tournament.
Kayla Atkins totaled 59 assists during the 5-match stretch. Kennedy Easterling added 39 assists, while Sarah Mitchell chipped in with 39 kills.
Eagles blank Patriots
Madison Southern’s Francisco Aguilar scored to lone goal in the Eagles’ 1-0 win over Model.
Austin Shephard recorded the shutout for Southern (2-4).
The Eagles return to the pitch on Thursday, Sept. 5, when they travel to Madison Central for an 8 p.m. game.
Lady Eagles top Model
The Madison Southern Lady Eagles topped Model, 2-0, last Thursday. Mallory Robinson and Heidi Hylton each scored goals, while Ashtyn King recorded the shutout.
The Lady Eagles (3-1-1) travel to Great Crossing on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Berea drops two
The Berea Lady Pirates (2-6) dropped two games this past week, falling to Madison Central, 8-0, and Garrard County, 6-1. Evi Stefan scored Berea’s goal against Garrard. The Lady Pirates will look to get back in the win column when they face off with Frankfort in the first round of the All “A” Classic on Wednesday, Sept. 4.