SHEPHERDSVILLE - The schedule says that the Bullitt Central Cougars will play their next four games on the road. That can sometimes be a daunting task for a high school football team.
This is not your ordinary road swing. The Cougars do have to board a bus on the following Fridays, but none of the trips is further away than Waggener.
The first of the four trips won’t last more than 15 minutes as the Cougars head up I-65 to take on former Class 6-A district-rival Southern this Friday.
Like Bullitt Central, Southern has just one game under its belt. The Trojans opened the season last Friday at Seneca and lost 35-10 to one of the top teams in Jefferson County. Southern did finished with 341 yards of total offense, but did not score a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter. In fact, the Trojans had more first downs than Seneca for the game, 20 to 15.
Bullitt Central beat Southern 40-22 last year, a year after Southern beat the Cougars 29-13. The Cougars dropped to Class 5-A this season, but the schools decided to continue the series.
Southern has a new coach this year as former Eastern Kentucky University standout Corey Crume takes over for Chad Lyons. Southern returns six starters on offense from last season and five on defense.
At this point, Crume is running a fairly basic offense.
“They are vanilla,” Bullitt Central head coach Danny Leasor said on Monday. “A lot of the offense goes through the tailback.”
That tailback is senior Cole Compton who also starts on defense at linebacker. Compton lines up at the back of the ‘I’ alignment. The quarterback for the Trojans is sophomore Vernon Armstrong. The lead back is sophomore Jsan Gill and at times he also moved to quarterback against Seneca.
Southern ran 66 plays from scrimmage against Seneca and 53 of those were running plays.
“Number two (Compton) is a very good athlete,” Leasor said. “They look fairly young in certain spots. They have four seniors on offense. The quarterback is an athlete also.
“Anytime you play the Jefferson County teams you will have to deal with speed and athleticism,” the coach added. “Southern has a new coach and a new identity. We’ll play them in JV and freshman this week and see if we can get a feel for them.”
The Bullitt Central coaching staff is still working to get a little more of a fell for its own team at this point in the season.
“Every week we have room for improvement,” Leasor noted. “That is true on both sides of the ball and the kicking game. We feel good where we are right now.”
The team was going to work hard this week to shore up a passing game that completed just seven of 19 passes in the opener against Barren County.
“We need to get the passing game going,” Leasor said. “We have to work on that.”
Bullitt Central is still looking for more running backs to take some of the load off of Jeremaie Bennett. Senior Terry Coulter stepped up in the opener and could see more time on offense and Leasor said that James Johnson will also play more in the backfield.
The Cougars should be at full strength this week.
Game time at Southern on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m.