Chargers face much tougher foe on Friday

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BULLITT EAST at Holy Cross

By Mike Farner

MOUNT WASHINGTON - Competition on the field will get much tougher for the Bullitt East Chargers on Friday as they travel to Dixie Highway to take on Class A powerhouse Holy Cross.

Bullitt East opened the season with a 35-7 victory over Paul Dunbar on Saturday, but Holy Cross will be a much tougher foe. The Cougars were 7-5 last year and under first-year head coach Mike Fletcher are expected to be one of the top teams in western Jefferson County.

The Cougars opened the season last Friday in the Dairy Queen Bowl at Henry County High School and blitzed Franklin County 35-7. In that game, Holy Cross rushed for 324 yards and passed for another 35 yards. The defense for the Cougars allowed just 96 yards.

“I can tell you they will be a lot better team than Dunbar,” Bullitt East head coach Doug Preston said on Monday. “They are big and physical. They have two linebackers at 220-pounds and a tackle over 300. They are really big.”

The key player for the Cougars is senior quarterback Devin Brown who is only 5-11, 160, but gets a lot done in the option attack. A year ago he completed just under 50 percent of his passes for 1,296 yards. Of the 81 completions, 14 went for touchdowns. He also carried the ball 125 times for 547 yards and eight touchdowns.

“The quarterback is their best player,” Preston said. “Offensively, they do a variety of things. I couldn’t peg them as one offense. They do some ‘I’ and some strong and weak sets and split back stuff. They do a lot of things.”

The two running backs for the Cougars are both sophomores - Jessie Keen and Cameron Scott. Keen is smaller and quicker while Scott, at 210 pounds, is more a power back.

On the other side of the ball, Holy Cross will line up in a 5-3 alignment. Linebackers T.J. Pollard stood out on tape to Preston along with his running mate, Matt Hans.

“He is a really good football player,” the Bullitt East coach said of Pollard.

After beating Paul Dunbar, the Chargers were riding high. Of course, once everyone saw the film, some weaknesses appeared. That is to be expected after the first game of the season.

“It was about what I thought,” Preston said of the tape. “We had trouble blocking the right people at times. We came off the ball well. We were a solid team. Right now we just have to fine-tune some things.”

The only injury from Saturday was suffered by wide-receiver Derek Keisler. He had an elbow injury. His status for the Holy Cross game was not known.

Game time on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m. on Dixie Highway at Holy Cross High School.