Hightower, Maroons off to historic undefeated start

Madisonville Maroons football off to hot 4-0 start, looks to keep success going

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) - There’s only a handful of undefeated teams left throughout the Tri-State as we head into week five of high school football and down in Madisonville it’s no different.

The Maroons, led by Head Coach Jay Burgett, are off to the program’s first 4-0 start since 1993 and their Top 5 rank in Kentucky is the first since 1983.

Leading Madisonville to the incredible start is their not-so-secret offensive weapon, tailback Jeriah Hightower. The senior is just shy of 1,000 rushing yards thru four weeks of play; his 960 yards rank him at second in the nation.

The Maroons don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

“He’s a workhorse, he’s been that way for 3 years," Coach Burgett said. "He’ll give all the credit to his offensive line, we got 15-hundred pounds of beef in front of a 200, 220 pound running back, it’s hard not to hand that ball off sometimes.”

“It’s like a brotherhood, you know you can trust those guys," Hightower said. "I can take my time with my runs, I know that the hole is gonna develop even if it’s not there right away, so I just trust those guys, take my time, pick my spots and just get to the endzone. I do a lot of workouts working on explosiveness and speed and just trying to be ready for teams when it’s gets harder like in the playoffs, deep in the playoffs, no matter what my team can give me the ball and do something with it, do something special.”>

Hightower and the Maroons will look for their fifth straight win this Friday night to continue the team’s undefeated season.

They will host Ballard Memorial at 7 p.m.

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