BEREA – For the first time this season, the Southwestern Warriors faced some adversity.
For the first time this season, Larry French’s club found itself behind in a football game.
For the third time this season, the Warriors were able to put a ‘W’ in the win column.
Southwestern traveled to Berea on Saturday afternoon to face a 1-1 Madison Central team, and when all was said and done, the Warriors fought back from a third quarter deficit to notch a 24-15 win over the Indians to move to 3-0 on the season.
Before the game, Southwestern knew it would be without starting quarterback Joe Floyd, who had to sit this one out due to flu-like symptoms.
Running back Drew Sawyers took over behind center, and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt he was up to the challenge.
Sawyers connected on 10-16 through the air for 156 yards and a touchdown pass, helping keep his club undefeated on the season.
It was a Sawyers eight-yard toss to Blake Lanham with 3:10 remaining in the first quarter, that gave the Warriors a 6-0 lead, which went to 8-0 thanks to a two-point conversion.
Later in the opening half, a 36-yard field goal from Sawyer Cress extended the Warrior lead to 11-0, but Madison Central would rally to come from behind to take the lead.
A two-yard run from quarterback Derrick Miller, and a conversion pass from Miller to Antwaun Warford, trimmed the deficit to 11-8 by the half.
Early in the third quarter — with 7:21 remaining in the frame — got a 30-yard run from Ethan Hahn to take a 15-11 lead over the Warriors, giving Southwestern its first deficit of the season.
The Warriors however would come right back.
On the next drive, Southwestern’s Patric Edwards scored on a five-yard, and with the Cress PAT, the Warriors took an 18-15 lead.
In the final stanza, Southwestern would close out the scoring, as Sawyers called his own number on an 11-yard run.
The kick was blocked, but the Warriors — leading 24-15 at that juncture with 8:20 remaining in the contest — turned things over to their defense, who held the Indians to only 205 yards of total offense for the game.
Edwards was named as the MVP of the Doc Sipple Bowl, rushing for 109 yards on 24 carries and a TD.
The game marked only the third meeting between Southwestern and Madison Central, as the two teams hadn’t met since the ‘02 season, with the Warriors now taking a 2-1 lead in the series.
Southwestern will return home next week, as the 0-3 Henry Clay Blue Devils will roll into The Reservation.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.