SHEPHERDSVILLE – After all three Bullitt County football teams played at home last Friday, it will be the exact opposite this week as the three programs will all make short trips into Jefferson County for Friday night contests.
The only foe that has any wins this season will be Southern as they will play host to Bullitt Central with a 2-0 mark. The Trojans are coming off a 13-8 victory over North Bullitt.
North Bullitt will try to pick up win number one on Friday as they travel to Jeffersontown. Bullitt East will try to maintain the momentum they got off their thrilling 67-59 win as they will be playing Waggener.
All three of the games on Friday are set to start at 7:30 p.m.
Bullitt Central at Southern
This will be the seventh straight year that Bullitt Central and Southern have met and the series has tilted to the Cougars in recent years. In fact, the maroon and gray have won six straight games in the series since Southern won 29-13 back in 2007. At that time, the two teams were in the same Class 6-A district.
Last year, Bullitt Central defeated a Southern team that would win only one game 41-0. However, the last time the Cougars traveled to Okolona, it took an overtime before they pulled out a 33-26 win.
Southern opened this season with a 32-18 victory over Moore (a team that Bullitt Central had scrimmaged a week earlier) before their win over North Bullitt.
“They are solid,” Bullitt Central head coach Danny Leasor said on Monday. “This group of players has been with coach (Corey) Crume for four years now. This is the best Southern team we have faced in four years.”
Southern had only 109 yards of total offense against North Bullitt, but they took advantage of four turnovers.
The Trojans are led by senior quarterback John Marshall along with running back Solderick Ware. The top receiver is junior Jacobi Dix.
Bullitt Central will have to play this game without junior Zack Patton who suffered a broken bone in his foot during the second half of the opening night win over Fairdale. Patton was a starter in the defensive secondary for the Cougars and could play four different positions on offense including backing up tailback Trevor Carnell.
It appears that Carnell will miss about six weeks, but he could return for some district games late in the season.
North Bullitt vs. Jeffersontown
The ‘other’ Chargers (not Bullitt East) expected to have a strong campaign this fall, but so far it appears that they might have bitten off more than they can chew as they have started the season with back-to-back losses to Class 6-A foes Eastern (44-12) and Ballard (54-15).
At the start of the season, Jeffersontown was expected to be powered by senior running back Richard DeLoney who transferred to the school before last season after playing at Fairdale. DeLoney was mentioned in the team’s pre-season write ups but he has not appeared in the first two contests and he is not listed on the Jeffersontown roster on the KHSAA website.
Instead, the two touchdowns against Ballard were scored by T.J. Lawrence. The quarterback for the Chargers is senior Kendrick Gardner.
Jeffersontown will run out of the spread offense.
“They really want to get their athletes in the open field,” North Bullitt head coach Brett Newton explained. “So that is the offense they are using like most of the teams in Jefferson County.”
The two programs have not met in the regular season since the 2008 season, a game that Jeffersontown won 34-28. They did meet in the 2011 Class 5-A play-offs with the Chargers beating a 10-1 North Bullitt team 26-14.
Jeffersontown posted an 8-5 record last season. Over the last two years, the Chargers have lost in the regional final both times to John Hardin.
After losing to Franklin County and Southern, Newton feels that Jeffersontown’s talent level falls somewhere between those two squads.
At this point, Newton is more worried about his own team.
“I would say that our confidence is not real high right now,” the coach said. “We have made some mistakes. Our defense improved from the first game, but the offense is still making mistakes. We’re not blocking the right people and we’re not hitting the right holes. We have to improve on those things.”
Bullitt East vs. Waggener
After starting the season with two strong foes, Bullitt East will face a struggling Waggener team as they try to stay perfect on the season.
Waggener has only 23 players on the roster posted on the KHSAA website for the top three grades. Last week, in the first game of the season, the Wildcats lost to Iroquois 13-6.
Last year, Waggener was 2-9 and lost 57-14 to Bullitt East in the fourth week of the season.
The quarterback for the Wildcats is senior Marquis Nelson and the top threat either running or receiving is junior Aaron Partee.