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Rarely does action in the Greater Bullitt County Youth Football League get any better than it does on semi-finals weekend.
Of the eight semi-final round games played this past weekend, half of the games were decided by a touchdown or less and three of those were decided by a single point.
All eight of the winning teams in the semi-finals will play this Saturday in each age divisions Championship Game. For all of the other teams, the season is over with the exception of All-Star play which will happen in a few weeks.
In the first of the two ‘A’ Division semi-finals on Sunday, it went down to the wire before the Pleasant Grove Dolphins slipped past the Shepherdsville Titans 20-19. The Titans led 6-0 at halftime before the Dolphins pulled ahead with two scores in the third quarter.
All three of the scores for the Dolphins were posted by Chad Caldwell who rushed for 164 yards on 13 carries. The eventually winning points came on a two-point extra point kick by Zach Hopper after Caldwell had scored on a 56-yard run in the third quarter. The offense for the Dolphins also got 21 yards on the ground by Gavin Brown as well as 14 yards by Branden Feireisel and eight yards by Sonny Foreman.
Justin Defler had a huge game on defense for the Dolphins as he collected 14 tackles. The winners also got eight stops each from Caldwell and Hopper as well as five tackles each from Cole Stump and Austin Holmes.
For Shepherdsville, E. Elsler had a hand in all three touchdowns as he rushed for 64 yards and scored one of the touchdowns on the ground. Elsler also passed for 65 yards with a 35-yarder going to D. Arrequin for a touchdown and a 30-yarder going to Josh Walls for a touchdown. The single extra point for the Titans was scored by Arrequin. Shepherdsville also got 59 yards on the ground from C. Harvey.
On the other side of the ball, the Titans got five tackles from both Arrequin and D. Smith along with four tackles by Josh Walls. Three tackles were made by D. Casey, Jessie Walls and C. Blevins.
In the second semi-final on Sunday afternoon, the top-seeded Overdale Chiefs needed to go to the wire to beat the Maryville Patriots 19-14.
Leading the way for the Chiefs once again was Logan James who rushed for 180 yards and passed for another 73 yards. James rushed for one of the scores and the stat sheet also shows him passing for another with a touchdown noted for Durbin who rushed for ten yards and had 40 yards receiving. The third score was not noted on the score sheet. James did throw an extra point pass to Clark. The offense for the Chiefs also got 30 receiving yards from Steinmaker.
On the other side of the ball, Durbin led the Overdale defense with seven tackles while both James and M. Beattie finished with six tackles. Freeman was credited with five tackles while Threlkel had four stops. Three tackles were collected by Steinmaker, Paul and Hook.
The Patriots put the ball in the air a lot in this game as quarterback Austin Harding threw for 167 yards. Travis Griffin had 43 yards receiving and scored a touchdown while he also kicked an extra point. Nat Johnson had the other touchdown as he rushed for 56 yards and caught passes for 49 yards. Daulton Walls added 57 yards on the ground and had 23 receiving yards while Nik Hayes rushed for 29 yards along with nine yards of receptions.
The top tackler for the Patriots was William Meecha with five stops while four tackles were turned in by Griffin. Maryville also got three tackles each from Walls and Trent Waltenburg.
When the Old Mill Bengals opted not to play in the consolation games, the Cedar Grove Vikings stepped up and played on both Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, the Vikings rolled past the Lebanon Junction Jaguars 47-12.
In the lopsided win, the Vikings had seven different players score touchdowns. Two of the scores came on passes from quarterback Cameron Dukes as he threw for 106 yards including touchdowns to Chase Craddock and Shawn Mann. Craddock had 97 yards receiving while Mann had nine yards through the air. Dukes also rushed for 44 yards including an extra point. The offense for the Vikings also got 64 yards and a score from Shane Smith along with 10 yards and score by Adam Bowling as well as 9-yards and a score from Cody Peele. Robbie Schank also scored on a three-yard run. The other touchdown was scored by Austin Calhoun on a 78-yard interception return and Calhoun also kicked a pair of two-point conversions.
Smith had a big game on defense for the Vikings with nine stops while five tackles were made by Sean Sanders. Mann finished with four tackles while three stops were made by Justin Stinson, Dukes and Peele.
John Coulter did all the scoring for the Jaguars with a pair of touchdowns as he rushed for 140 yards. The Jaguars also got 55 yards on the ground from Zack Benning.
On defense, Coulter also led the way with five tackles while four stops were made by Bennington and Mark Parama. Three tackles were credited to Dakota Strong, David Roach and Dustin Wilkinson.
A day later, the Vikings were back on the field and this time the Mount Washington Colts picked up the win by a 19-18 score.
One of the touchdowns for the Colts came on a 60-yard pass from Matthew Snawder to Steven Brown. Snawder passed for 93 yards in the win including 18 yards of passes to Alan Miles and 15 yards to Blake Hester. Both Miles and Hester scored touchdowns as Miles rushed for 37 yards and Hester collected 27 yards on the ground. The offense for the Colts also got 17 yards on the ground by Nathan Sneed and 10 yards by Adam Holland. Snawder did score an extra point.
On defense, the Colts got four tackles from both Avery Foster and Miles while three tackles were made by Hester, Brown and Jared Melton.
Cameron Dukes continued to put the ball in the air on Sunday as he threw for 131 yards and two scores. Not all the receiving yards were noted, but Chase Chase Craddock had 84 yards receiving with a score and he also threw for 36 yards. Dukes caught a pass for 14 yards. Touchdowns were noted as being scored by Shane Smith and Shawn Mann.
The top tackler for the Vikings was Dukes with 11 while Smith had eight stops. Austin Calhoun finished with six tackles and Mann had five. Three tackles were made by Craddock, Sean Sanders and Cameron Vissing.
In the first of the two ‘B’ Division semi-finals on Saturday, the Old Mill Bengals rode an overpowering defense to a 15-0 victory over the Mount Washington Colts.
Unfortunately, the score sheet for the Bengals did not list who scored the points. The leading rusher for Old Mill was Chase Clark with 82 yards and the offense also got 66 yards by Trevor Curtsinger. Adding to the attack with Mitchell Wurtsmith with 32 yards while Daniel Mantel rushed for 31 yards.
On the other side of the ball, the Bengals got five tackles each from Trevor Dawson and Daniel Mantel while Jaden Millard finished with four tackles. Three stops were recorded for Curtsinger, Wurtsmith, DJ Hammond and Zeke Kern.
The only yardage listed for the Colts was 28 yards on the ground by Joseph Ridener.
Michael Page was the top tackler for the Colts with 11 stops while five tackles were credited to Hunger Chapman, Austin Smith and Tyler Harris. Both Ridener and Jansen Thompson finished with four tackles and three stops were made by Kaleb Roney and Grant Hatter.
The second semi-final on Saturday was also a shut-out as the Overdale Chiefs moved into the championship game with a 27-0 decision over the Pleasant Grove Dolphins.
Three of the touchdowns for the Chiefs were scored by Zach Golab who rushed for 77 yards in the win and he also had an extra point. The other touchdown was posted by Evan Mooney who rushed for 39 yards and also passed for 30 yards including 24 yards to Peyton Luttrell. Mooney also had an extra point as did Dylan Embry. On the ground, the Chiefs also got 87 yards from Mario Convenuto, 23 yards by Lance Johnson and 17 yards from Noah Nida.
On the other side of the ball, Convenuto finished with five tackles while four stops were made by Embry, Golab, James King, Mooney and Jace Wilson. Three tackles were made by Alec Lush and Luttrell.
The Dolphins could not get the ball to the endzone, but they did get 51 yards on the ground from Cameron Trees as well as 13 yards by Jonathan Mayes and 12 yards from Ethan Smith. The Dolphins also had a 33 yard pass from Smith to Mayes.
Mayes finished as the top tackler for the Dolphins with six while Trees had four stops. Three tackles were made by Jarret Dattilo and Tre Perry.
In one of the two consolation contests on Saturday, the Maryville Patriots got past the Cedar Grove Vikings 20-14.
Andrew Brown led the way for the Patriots with 129 yards on the ground as he scored two of the touchdowns. Tyler Hurst added 74 yards on the ground and had on touchdown. Brown also threw extra point passes to Clay Hill and Jacob Neal. Both Hill and Nick Majors rushed for 37 yards in the win.
On the other side of the ball, the Patriots got seven tackles each from Hill, Jordan Matherly, Devin Boston and Majors. Four stops were credited to Brown and Jacob Darnell.
For Cedar Grove, quarterback Marc Gartner had a big game as he passed for 140 yards including 108 yards to Christopher Heck which included a touchdown. Heck finished with 108 yards receiving. One of the passes also went for an extra point to Austin Strickland who caught passes for 27 yards. The other touchdown was scored by Trenton Davis who rushed for 100 yards. Adding to the offense was Geremiah Smith with 19 yards on the ground.
The top tacklers for the Vikings were Dillen Sizemore and Davis with seven stops while six tackles were made by Rhodes and Jacob Dillman. Gartner, Smith and Strickland each had four tackles while three stops were made by Noah Worth, Heck and Michaarl DeWeese.
In the other consolation game, the Brooks Saints pulled out a 13-6 decision over the Shepherdsville Titans.
Daustin P’pool finished with 53 yards on the ground as he had a touchdown and an extra point. Bo Reece led the Saints with 69 yards rushing and he also had a touchdown. Dylan Riggs added to the offense with 40 yards on the ground. The Saints’ coach also singled out the offensive line play of Bailey Belcher, Hunter Chandler, Jacob Donovan, Alaysia Jadecook, Braylin Coulter and Andrew Stinson.
The top tackler for the Saints were Alec Blankenship and Reece with five stops while four tackles were made by P’pool and Anthony Greenwell.
The only touchdown for the Titans was scored by Kyler Flener who collected 27 yards on the ground. Daylin Huff led the Titans with 75 yards on the ground while Ethan Hornack rushed for 14 yards.
Flener was also the leading tackler for the Titans with eight stops while by Huff and Hornack had five tackles. Ashton Collins finished with four stops while Brian Beatrozola had three tackles.
In the first PeeWee Division semi-final on Sunday, the Mount Washington Colts roared into the championship game with a 48-0 victory over the Maryville Patriots.
Leading the way for the Colts was Dalton hatter who rushed for 117 yards as he scored two touchdowns and scored a pair of extra points. Joseph Osbourne was just as strong on Sunday as he rushed for 118 yards and scored three touchdowns. The offense for the Colts also got 72 yards on the ground from Montrell Page who had a touchdown and an extra point. The other touchdown was scored by Daniel Cecil on a short run. Both Michael Conforti and Blake Rhoades added extra points with Rhoades rushing for 10 yards.
On defense, the Colts got ten stops from Conner Groves along with seven tackles by Brendan Burkhead and Hatter. Conforti finished with six stops while Osbourne had five tackles. Both Preston Goers and Rickie Jones had four tackles while Blake Faulkner collected three tackles.
For the Patriots, both Hunter Hodge and Connor Stout rushed for 10 yards while Andrew Hadley added 5-yards and Jacob Morrison 2-yards.
Hadley was also the top tackler for the patriots with five while four stops were made by Jalen Dunnvan and Jacob Morrison. Hodge finished with three tackles.
The second semi-final was much closer as the top-seeded Pleasant Grove Dolphins barely got by the fifth-seeded Old Mill Bengals by a 7-6 score.
All seven of the points for the Dolphins were scored by Cade Miller as he rushed for 121 yards. Tyler Gribbins also rushed for 4-yards in the win.
On the other side of the ball, the Dolphins got six tackles from both Landon Maki and Nathan Webb while five stops were made by Miller, Gribbins and Mason Huff. The final count also showed four tackles being made by Bryce Clements and Collin Powell. Three stops were credited to Zach Reiners and Hunter Brock.
The only touchdown for the Bengals was scored by Seth Jutz as he rushed for 38 yards and also passed for 64 yards. Of the final passing numbers, Jutz threw for 46 yards to Hayden York along with 11 yards to Luke Reynolds and 7yards to Hunter Nolen. The offense for the Bengals also got 29 yards from Dain Hawkins.
Old Mill got five tackles each from Julian Cahoe and Nolen as well as four stops from Cody Culver. Three tackles were made by Isaiah Jenner.
In the PeeWee Division consolation game played on Saturday, the Cedar Grove Vikings beat the Shepherdsville Titans by a 20-14 score.
Unfortunately, no stat sheet was turned in by Vikings.
Shepherdsville got two of its scores from Dylan Baggett who rushed for 100 yards and also passed for 13 yards to Jason Sebastian including a two-point conversion pass. The offense for the Titans also got 28 yards on the ground from TJ Heilman and 10 yards from JR Sherrard.
On defense, the Titans got nine stops by Zack Robinson along with seven tackles by Baggett, six from Chris Sturgeon and four by Jeremy Kron.
In the consolation game played on Sunday, the Lebanon Junction Jaguars turned back the Overdale Chiefs by a 25-20 score.
Unfortunately, not all of the scoring for the Jaguars was shown on the score sheet. Two of the touchdowns were scored by Kylor Close and he also had an extra point as he rushed for 66 yards and also completed 67 yards of passes to Chander Ocasio. The offense for the Jaguars also got 73 yards on the ground from Robbie Ice as well as 39 yards by Alex Kleinhelter.
Ocasio was also the top tackler for the Jaguars with eight while five stops were made by Close, Wyatt Hall, Anthony McCobb, Ice and Jeb Brown.
The top rusher for the Chiefs was Jacob Gravel with 73 yards and he scored a touchdown and had an extra point. The Chiefs also got 70 yards from Logan Steinmacher who had a touchdown and Brendan Hill also had a touchdown while rushing for 45 yards. The other extra point was scored by Zach Vorbink who rushed for eight yards. Overdale’s rushing attack also got 20 yards by Brock Snead and 12 yards by Jed Moore.
Hill was the top tackler for the Chiefs with eight while three stops were made by Gravel and Steinmacher.
The first of the semi-finals on Saturday saw the Pleasant Grove Dolphins slip past the Old Mill Bengals in a thrilling 13-12 contest.
Both of the touchdowns for the Dolphins were scored by Ethan Haddaway who rushed for 35 yards while the very important extra point was scored by Patrick Ballard who collected 36 yards on the ground. The offense for the Dolphins also got 40 yards on the ground from Gavin Coffman along with 22 yards by Casey Harbolt.
On defense, Brandon Johnson had five tackles for the Dolphins while three stops were recorded for Haddaway.
The Bengals managed to score twice in the game on non-offensive plays. Camron Helm, who finished with 47 yards for the Bengals scored both of the team’s touchdowns with one coming on a kick-off return and the other on an interception return.
On defense, Caleb Riggs had a big game for the Bengals as he had 15 tackles while eight stops were made by Mitchell Polson. Alex Webb finished with seven tackles while six stops were made by Helm, Madison Gauthier and AJ Phillips. Jacob Kaufman also made three stops.
In the second semi-final on Saturday, the Mount Washington Colts had more offense than the Overdale Chiefs as they rolled to a 44-18 victory.
Aeron Adams had another one of his big games in the win as he rushed for 194 yards while scoring five touchdowns. Tucker Blanford added a touchdown as he rushed for 23 yards. No other scoring was shown on the stat sheet. The offense for the Colts also got 40 yards on the ground from Cooper Calvert and 13 yards by Steven Bowen.
The top tacklers for the Colts were Adams and Blanford with five each while Brody Smith had four stops. Three tackles were made by Bowen, Calvert, Ethan Crider and Jansen Hayden.
The stat sheet for the Chiefs did not shown any of the scoring, but the offense for Overdale did get 117 yards on the ground from Nathan Nida and 10 yards by Grayson Hill.
Nida was the top tackler for the Chiefs with eight while five stops were recorded for Beau Clark and Dayton Hendrix.
In one of the consolation games over the weekend, the Maryville Patriots turned back the Brooks Saints by an 18-0 score.
The top rusher for the Patriots was Connor Dorsey with 102 yards and he scored a touchdown. Also getting a touchdown was Tanner Wilson with 33 yards while Noah Dunnavan rushed for 19 yards with a touchdown. Blake Barnes also rushed for 10 yards while Dorsey completed a 6-yard pass to Wilson.
Justin Montgomery was the top tackler for the Patriots with seven stops while three tackles were made by Wilson and Dorsey.
The offense for the Saints could not reach the endzone, but the team did get 80 yards on the ground from B. Probus and 24 yards from D. Probus.
D. Probus was also the leading tackler for the Saints with nine while three stops were made by Mills, Rios and M. Smith.
In the other consolation game over the weekend, the Shepherdsville Titans scored on the final play of the game to beat the Cedar Grove Vikings 12-7. The final score came on a 35-yard pass play between Blake Weird and Christian Curtsinger. Weird finished with 135 yards on the ground in the game and also scored a touchdown. Eric Miller added to the offense with 11 yards on the ground while Curtsinger rushed for eight yards and Jarett Ricketts rushed for six yards.
The Titans got three tackles each from Daniel Weird and Kendall Tucker along with two stops from Blake Weird, Miller, Ricketts, Blake Heilman, Jacob Hibbard and Jared Hibbard.
No stat sheet had been turned in by Cedar Grove on Sunday night.
Little Bullitts Final - 12 noon
Mount Washington Colts vs. Pleasant Grove Dolphins
PeeWee Final - 2 p.m.
Pleasant Grove Dolphins vs. Mount Washington Colts
‘B’ Division Final - 4 p.m.
Overdale Chiefs vs. Old Mill Bengals
‘A’ Division Final - 6 p.m.
Overdale Chiefs vs. Pleasant Grove Dolphins