SHEPHERDSVILLE - A week after letting a seemingly winnable game slip through their fingers, the Bullitt Central Cougars will go on the road this week for a ‘must-win’ game at Henry County.
It is a ‘must-win’ as this is the final tune-up for the maroon and gray before they play three straight district games starting next week against North Bullitt. In addition, Henry County is struggling this season, having dropped all five contests as they have been outscored 192 to 75.
“I don’t know how they are 0-5,” Bullitt Central head coach Danny Leasor said earlier this week. “They are big and they have some athletic kids.
“Number four, (John) Allgeir, and the quarterback, number 10, Dakota Issacs, are players,” the coach added. “They line up in that hot gun and they don’t do much out of it. They are pretty vanilla.”
In the two films that Leasor and his coaches watched on the Wildcats from this season, they saw a lot of open receivers. The problem was that Isaacs was running for his life as he was getting very little protection.”
On defense, the Wildcats were in a 4-2 last week against Shelby County but the week before used a 3-3-5 look.
“It’s two different defenses on two films,” Bullitt Central associate head coach Mike Gossett said. “They are extremely aggressive. They are big up front and they have kids who can run behind them.”
Henry County is a Class 3-A school that is not a traditional opponent for the Cougars in football. The two schools have met in many other sports, especially as they were both in the Eighth Region for 35 years. However, this will be the first meeting in football for the two programs.
Bullitt Central will play without freshman Trevor Carnell this week after he was involved in a serious ATV accident over the weekend. It is not known how long he will be out of action.
“We are at a point in our schedule where we are dealing with a lot of adversity,” Leasor said. “We ‘re not sued to having only two wins after five games. Our kids seem to be responding to it.”
Leasor likes what he sees out of his team for the vast majority of the time, but the squad cannot make the big play at key times on either side of the ball.
“We’re getting better,” the veteran head coach said. “We’ve had our opportunities. At that point you have to make plays and we haven’t done that.
“I’m optimistic,” Leasor added. “I can’t wait to get back out there. We did good things on Friday. We did some good things last week, but not at the right times.”
Leasor and his coaching staff are spending as much time working on the mental parts of the game and the confidence of the team as much as the Xs and Os.
“Life doesn’t always go the way you want,” Leasor said of that he is telling the players. “You have to keep working at it and keep your head in the game. We’re a good football team. Our kids know they should have won (against East Jessamine).”
Game time in New Castle on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m.