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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Central will play at home for the only time in the first half of the season on Friday when the Cougars open their 2009 season against visiting Barren County.
This will be the first game of the season for the Cougars, but Barren County opened the season last Saturday in the T.J. Sampson Bowl in Glasgow, rolling over Metcalfe County 35-0.
“They got off to a good start,” Bullitt Central head coach Danny Leasor said on Monday. “They are disciplined in multiple sets. They will run the quarterback and throw to the running back.
“This is no easy opener,” the coach added. “We knew what we were getting into last year with Spencer County because we had played them the previous season. Now, we’ve just seen Barren on tape.”
Barren County, like Bullitt Central, is a Class 5-A program. A year ago the Trojans posted a 2-9 record, but they return nine starters on each side of the ball and have 17 seniors.
Against Metcalfe County the Trojans rushed for 218 yards and passed for another 90 yards. More importantly, the Barren County defense gave up just 110 yards. The big play in the game was the opening kick-off which was returned for a touchdown.
The key player for the Trojans is senior quarterback Colton Phelps. He completed six of 11 passes in the opener with one interception and no touchdowns. Phelps also carried the ball a team-high 14 times for 81 yards.
The top running threats in the backfield besides Phelps are seniors Kris Aquino and Tyler Furlong. The top receiver is senior Bart Houchens.
Leasor, who did not attend the second scrimmage with Shelby County because of some surgery, was not impressed with his own team on that tape. That was the tape that he traded with Barren County.
“I’m looking forward to Friday and opening with a win,” Leasor said of what is expected to be a big season Shepherdsville. “This won’t be an easy one. They have confidence after winning 35-0. After seeing our Shelby County film they might even be more confident of getting a win.”
Game time on Friday at Bullitt Central has been changed to 8 p.m.