RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Madison Central struggled in 2013 with injuries, no depth and tons of inexperience. That combination meant disaster, leading to a 2-9 season and a change at coach.
Mark Scenters left Garrard County to come home to Madison Co., and the change seems a perfect fit.
"It's what we need really," said defensive end Jeffrey Robinson. "They push us hard, we work hard and that's what we need to win ballgames. Last year we really didn't have it. They're giving us a lot of responsibility.
Last season, the Indians' offense tried to exploit match-ups. Under Scenters game plan, Madison Central will focus on the run game first.
"We're going to have a bigger offensive line than we did last year," said Dontae Minter. "We will be able to assert our dominance on offense running the ball. Once they bring 8-9 guys up in the box, we're going to have the offensive weapons on the outside to go deep on you, if you're going to put eight in the box."
Scenters says he has more depth than at any point in his career.
"We have four, possibly five, backs that we feel can carry the ball out of the backfield and be exceptionally successful. I also feel like we are, somewhere, in the neighborhood of six or so receivers deep, possibly more at the wide receiver position and the slot position."
Defensively the Tribe will challenge teams to play power football and they are confident.
"I like to go against a team that just wants to try and cram it down our throat just because it's a pride thing," said Brandon Northern. "If you think you can run on me, try it because I guarantee you we're not going to let you."
"My philosophy is we're going to tougher, we're going to be stronger, we're going to be meaner on that line you. If somebody feels confident enough to try to go up the middle against us, they're going to have a rude awakening."
Just a year removed from a district title, Madison Central is focused on reclaiming that prize and looking for more. Scenters was an assistant at Madison Central 15 years ago and remembers the Indians' dominance.
"We want to get Madison Central football back to the point where a district championship is expected. We were there back in the early 2000's when we ran off 30-some-odd district games without losing one. We want to get Madison Central back to the point to where we're fighting for region championships and beyond."