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MOUNT WASHINGTON - You take three competitive youth football programs and combine them into one squad.
You take them into other areas for competition against new teams.
What do you have?
A very good football team of 8-year-olds.
When they reach high school, all of the football players will be at Bullitt East. But as members of the Greater Bullitt County Youth Football League, they compete for the Old Mill Bengals, the Mount Washington Colts and the Pleasant Grove Dolphins.
Bruce Rucker and family wanted to make sure the boys had T-shirts which said “divided as boys....united as men.” It opened a lot of minds and weighed heavily.
The idea of having a single team for the area came in a garage conversation between Colts’ Little Bullitt head coach Joey Osbourne, Colts’ assistant Pee Wee coach Glen Smith and Jennifer Britt.
Osbourne got the three teams together and they were named the Bullitt County Chargers.
In seven weeks, the team was ready for new competition. Osbourne was joined by Bruce Rucker of the Bengals, Justin Abnee of the Dolphins, Rob Brey of the Bengals, Matt Cashon, Sean Graves and Eric Hatter, all of the Colts.
The team held fund-raisers for uniforms and practice began.
In its first tournament, the local team advanced to the championship game. After defeating the Boone County Raiders and the Center Grove Indianapolis.
In its second tournament, the Bullitt County Chargers would again finish second in the Kentuckiana Klassic.
Team members are Jay Rucker, Dylan Giardina, Ty Hawkins, Tre Perry, Conner Abnee, Richie Jones, Tony Polichetti, Chace Vires, Domanik Terry, Preston Goers, Blaine Werle, Daulton Hatter, Conner Groves, Nolan Cashon, Michael Hundley, Kaleb Raney, Joseph Osbourne, Logan Calhoun, Jay Smith, Michael Conforti, Elijah Sena, Danny Cecil, Jansen Thompson, Brian Skirvin, Seth Jutz and Chase Burkhead.