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Big pass play sinks Cougars' upset plans

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By Mike Farner

      GLASGOW - The Bullitt Central Cougars hit the road Friday night and the road hit back as the maroon and gray dropped a 28-7 decision to the Glasgow Scotties.

     The game was deadlocked until midway through the third quarter when Glasgow quarterback Ryan Hinkley found a breakdown in the Bullitt Central secondary. The pass was on the money to wide receiver Garry Settles for a 32-yard touchdown.

     That score put the Scotties up 13-7 and they never looked back.

     Glasgow has not lost a regular season contest in two seasons. The Scotties won 14-straight games last season before falling in the Class 2-A State Championship game to (Covington) Holy Cross. Bullitt Central lost to Glasgow 34-0 at home last season.

     "It all beaks down to that long pass play," Bullitt Central head coach Danny Leasor said after the team returned to Shepherdsville on Friday. "It was a blown coverage. It was third and long. That took the wind out of our sails. We didn't respond well to that."

     On Bullitt Central's next two possessions, quarterback Bradley Combs was intercepted. Each time, Glasgow converted the turnovers into points as they pulled away for the victory.

     Following the second interception, Glasgow ran nine minutes off the clock with a 68-yard, 16-play drive. All 16 of the plays were on the ground.

     "We took it to them in the first half," Leasor said. "We had a good game plan. We just didn't handle the sudden turnaround well.

     "We have some personnel issues on defense. We have to work those out," the veteran coach said. "I'm pleased with the effort and the way we played the first half."

     Bullitt Central started last season 0-2 and were out of both games, falling by a combined 66-15 margin. This season, the record is the same, but the Cougars have been within a touchdown in the fourth quarter of both games.

     "We're at the same spot we were last year," Leasor said. "Last year in the first two games we didn't play well. This time we have been in the hunt.

     "We've played well enough at times to compete," the coach added. "Glasgow will be one of the better teams on our schedule and we competed with them."

     That was certainly the case in the first half. The Bullitt Central defense held Glasgow to just a pair of first downs in the first quarter. When the defense forced a punt late in the quarter, that set up the Cougars' only scoring drive.

     Following a short punt by the Scotties, Bullitt Central picked up a first down at their own 45-yard line. After an incomplete pass, Combs tossed a short pass to Trevor Carnell. The sophomore took the screen pass and raced 51 yards to the endzone for the touchdown.

     D.J. Dennison's extra point kick put the Cougars up 7-0.

     The lead didn't last long as Glasgow countered with a five-play scoring drive. The big play in the series was a 36-yard reverse by Glasgow's Quentel Bradley that put the ball on the 15-yard line. Two plays later, Hinkley scored from six yards out.

     Bullitt Central had another scoring opportunity late in the second quarter as they drove to the Glasgow 24-yard line. At that point, Dennison attempted a 51-yard field goal that was off the mark.

     That was the way the game stood until Glasgow got the big pass play in the middle of the third quarter. The two add-on touchdowns in the fourth quarter were both scored by Marquez Trigg, first on a 13-yard run and then on a one-yard plunge.

     Glasgow finished with 324 yards of total offense on 53 snaps. Bullitt Central collected 263 yards in the game on 38 plays.

     The Cougar rushing attack finished with 162 yards. Carnell led the way with 14 carries for 72 yards. Combs rushed 11 times for 58 yards. Combs completed seven of 19 passes for 101 yards with two interceptions and the one score.

     Glasgow's ground attack finished with 250 yards. Trigg carried the ball 25 times for 122 yards while Bradley had 113 yards on 14 carries.

     Bullitt Central has all but completed its schedule for the next two seasons and the series with Glasgow will not be renewed.

     NEXT GAME: Bullitt Central will be back at home this week as they take on Southern. The Trojans now stand at 1-1 this season after dropping a 38-13 decision to North Bullitt last week.

     Game time at George Valentine Field will be at 7:30 p.m.