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HEBRON ESTATES - He ran and he ran and he ran all night.
And when he got tired of busting through the interior line of the Southern Trojans, Todd Asbury slipped out for a screen pass and romped 55 yards.
On the night, it was a stellar performance by Asbury and his North Bullitt Eagle teammates as the host team totally dominated the Southern Trojans 43-7.
The victory put North Bullitt at 2-0 on the season with a big road contest Friday at South Oldham.
For Asbury, it was a career evening. The senior ran for 209 yards and three touchdowns and then caught a pass from Patrick Egnor for another 55 yards and a score.
“I felt good,” Asbury said of the busy evening. “The line is working hard. They blocked well and I just followed the holes.”
He carried the ball 30 times, including 11 of 13 plays on the team’s opening drive.
“I was motivated this week,” said Asbury. “I tried to impress.”
What may have been most impressive was the opening defensive stand against a team that put 34 points on the board in its opening win over Moore.
Fumbling the opening kickoff, North Bullitt’s defense found itself in a tough spot. However, Southern could only gain three yards to the 10-yard-line and a field goal from 27 yards was wide.
That’s when the will of the Eagles took over. The home team marched 20 yards in 13 plays with Asbury covering the final two yards with 6:51 left in quarter. Derek Schweinhart converted the extra point.
North Bullitt got on the board with 4:33 left in the first half. Starting at its own 17, Egnor hit Ryan Collins for a 38-yard completion. Josh Exton had a 12-yard run to get the ball to the Trojan 10. Asbury ran it into the end zone and Schweinhart hit the extra point.
Southern would come right back for its only score of the evening. Cedrick Hamilton scored from the 5-yard line and the extra point was good.
On its second play of the next drive, Egnor hit Asbury with a screen pass and a couple of cuts later, the senior was in the clear for a 55-yard score. Schweinhart hit the extra point with 1:04 left in the first half.
Southern fumbled an Exton punt in the third quarter and North Bullitt was back in business.
The big play on this drive was another screen pass from Egnor to Exton for 25 yards. Asbury finished the drive with a 10-yard touchdown. Schweinhart was again perfect with the kick for a 28-7 lead with 6:08 left in the period.
The defense held again and North Bullitt went on a three-play, 50-yard drive. The highlight of the drive was an exciting run by freshman Mitchell Allen, who barely missed scoring his first varsity touchdown after a 43-yard run.
On the next play, senior Ryan Collins scored from the one. To show you things are going pretty well, a bad snap on the extra point went from the hands of the kicker to the holder, Egnor, who turned and found Nick Crisp open for the two-point conversion.
With most of the starters out, North Bullitt would go on one more scoring drive.
Starting at their own 3, senior Cameron Davis led the team on a scoring drive. Davis capped off the drive with a quarterback sneak that just kept on going into the end zone from 18 yards out. Schweinhart accounted for the final point in the 43-7 victory.
Although not ready to proclaim that his team is ready to go undefeated, head coach Brett Newton came off the field smiling for a second week in a row.
“Our line improved tremendously,” said Newton. “We corrected a lot of little things after the first game and, at some point, you could tell that they got it.”
The veteran head coach said for a line with four new starters, the improvement has been unbelievable.
With the strong line play, Newton said that allows Asbury to find the holes and make big yardage.
“He’s so tough to bring down,” Newton said of Asbury. “He’s hard to find. But he and Travis (Downing) spent so much time in the weight room this summer, it shows.”
While not necessarily planning to run Asbury so many times, Newton said the team really is working to add more options to its game. Egnor has thrown well in the first two games and Newton said he would put seven or eight players in the backfield and feel good.
North Bullitt fans got a glimpse of the speed in the backfield when Allen and Exton got the ball.
“It is kind of exciting,” Newton said of the various weapons.
Although the offensive line play has been stellar, Newton said the defense has played well in both games. The team has given up seven points in each of those two games.
On Friday, Newton said it was a turning point early when the defense kept Southern out of the end zone after the opening turnover.
With an athletic opponent and a quarterback who has a good arm, Newton said he was proud of the defensive play. No matter who is on the field, Newton said they are responding.
“We are playing well as a team and we’re playing hard,” said Newton.
Next Game: The Eagles will travel to Crestwood to play South Oldham on the turf field Friday night. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.