SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Central will take on its only Class 2-A foe this season on Friday when the Cougars play at home for the first time this season against Glasgow.
Small is one thing, the Scotties are a strong Class 2-A team that returns most of the players from last season’s 8-3 team. That was the best season in a number of years for coach Rick Wood’s team, but they went out early in the play-offs, falling 30-28 to Fort Knox.
Glasgow opened the season last week with a resounding 57-0 victory over Todd County Central.
Bullitt Central will be looking to erase many of the mistakes they made in a 32-15 loss to South Oldham in the season opener. Head coach Danny Leasor saw some good and some bad on the film of the game over the weekend.
“You are never as bad as you think, nor as good,” the veteran coach said on Monday. “There were bright spot s and other spots where I have no idea what the kids were thinking - especially in the kicking game.
“It was good to play a team that good early,” the coach added. “We’ll make some changes and we’ll have better coaching. We’ll be a better football team.”
Leasor had hoped going into the season to platoon his offensive and defensive starters, but that just isn’t going to work out. The coach said that at least two players, including quarterback/defensive back Bradley Combs, will play on both sides of the ball. Freshman Trevor Carnell will also start in the secondary as the Cougars try to shore up what has been a problem area in the scrimmage against Fairdale and the game against South Oldham.
To give Combs some breaks, Carnell will step in at quarterback at certain points in the game.
Glasgow will have six players going both ways.
The Scotties will put pressure on the Bullitt Central secondary with quarterback Parker Cash, a senior who is starting for his third season. Cash missed some action last season with a concussion, but he still was second on the team with 486 rushing yards and threw for 1,175 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Leasor said that Cash reminds him a lot of his own quarterback in the tall and wiry Combs.
The standout receiving threat for the Scotties is senior tight end Hunter Bowles who is 6-6, 240. He has 50 career receptions with ten of those going for touchdowns.
“Glasgow has a very good football team,” Leasor said. “They have more talent than South Oldham. They are bigger in their skilled kids.”
The Scotties have been building for this season since Wood arrived three years ago from being an assistant coach at Warren Central. Glasgow will start nine seniors on offense and seven on defense.
When the Scotties do run the ball, the top threat is senior Jalen Sublett. Glasgow also has a speedy outside receiving threat in senior LaJuan Smith.
“They like to go wide from a variety of sets,” Leasor said. “They want the tight end to get the ball. He’s a big target.”
The loss to South Oldham was the first opening game loss for the Cougars in eight years.
“I’m looking forward to this week of practice,” Leasor said. “I’m not discouraged and not depressed. I’m just determined. You always have to look ahead. One game doesn’t make a season. We didn’t play well, but we were never out of it.
“Glasgow is probably one of the top two or three teams on our schedule this season,” the coach added. “I feel good that we have another opportunity.”
Because Glasgow is coming out of the central time zone, the game is set to start at 8 p.m. in Shepherdsville.