A tipped pass that could have easily been an interception turned out to be the deciding score in a 17-10 victory for Tates Creek over Madison Central on Thursday night.
The box score will show that Cameron Workman completed a 42-yard touchdown pass to Keshawn Herron to put the Commodores ahead with 2:34 left to play in the third quarter. What it won’t say is that Herron made that go-ahead play after a Madison Central defensive back got a hand on the ball.
It fell into the hands of Herron, who was the intended target, and he waltzed into the end zone.
“Somebody was on our side that play,” Tates Creek Coach Antoine Sims said with a grin. “He stuck with the football and made a play. Sometimes you gotta have those plays in football to be successful.
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“Would we have liked it cleaner? Yes, but who cares? It’s a touchdown. I’m not mad at that at all.”
That play served as a capper on a drive that answered a Madison Central field goal that tied things at 10 with 5:16 left in the third period. The Indians (3-4) had an opportunity to tie the game inside the final minute but Laron Warner made a fourth-down tackle — his only one of the night — to stop them short of a first down in the red zone.
Herron had 68 yards on three catches to lead the Commodores, who bounced back from a tight loss last week at Danville. Warner had 107 yards and a TD, a 2-yard scamper in the second quarter to put Tates Creek ahead 10-0; he also had an interception on defense.
Cam Stewart finished with a game-high 14 tackles for the Commodores, who will travel to Clark County next Friday.
Galvin Hulbery had 127 yards on 17 rushes for the Indians. Madison Central next week hosts Lafayette, which will play Clark County at home on Friday.
This was the district opener for both Tates Creek and Madison Central.
“Our kids are pretty deflated after this one,” Indians Coach Mark Scenters said. “Our kids have had a huge desire to pursue that district championship, and we’ve worked hard. All those pieces are there. We just came up short.”