Chargers find energy; easily defeats Dogs

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By Thomas Barr

FAIRDALE -- The beginning may not have been what Bullitt East football coach Darrell Vincent was looking for.

But the end result pleased the coach just fine.

It took the Chargers most of the first quarter to gain the intensity Vincent was looking for from his district champs. After that returned, the Chargers never looked back in scoring a 48-0 victory over the host Fairdale Bulldogs.

"There was not a lot of emotion early," Vincent said of facing a winless team with nothing on the line. "But we got refocused and that's where having a lot of seniors will help you."

The visitors got on the board at the 3:14 mark of the first quarter as quarterback Pierce Kelly scored on a 35-yard scramble. Dillon Heichelbech's extra point made it 7-0.

On its next possession, Bullitt East drove 67 yards in six plays. Kelly found Cruise Coulter open for a 30-yard touchdown with 9:34 left before intermission. The kick made it 14-0.

After Chad Caldwell returned a Bulldog punt 31 yards, the Chargers started at the 49. Trent Meredith carried for 31 yards and Robert Hartley covered the final eight yards. Heichelbech's kick made it 21-0 with 3:44 left.

With Fairdale suffering through another three-and-out series, Bullitt East ran the two-minute drill to perfection.

Starting on its own 31, Kelly hit Meredith for 19 yards. The duo again connected, this time for 26 yards to get the ball to the Bulldog 17. With a four receiver formation, Kelly hit a wide open Austin Colvin from 17 yards for the score with 18 seconds remaining.

Instead of running out the clock, Fairdale tried to pass the ball. Instead, Colvin stepped in front of the receiver and ran 55 yards for the touchdown as the horn sounded. A two-point play was unsuccessful but the Chargers went into halftime with a 34-0 lead.

Bullitt East's starters finished the night with their first drive of the third quarter.

Hartley slashed and cut his way to a 26-yard touchdown with 7:15 left. Heichelbech's kick made it 41-0. That put the clock into a continuous run.

The final score of the night was set up by Caldwell's 50-yard punt return.

Colvin scored from the 6-yard-line with 50 seconds left in the third quarter. Heichelbech converted the kick for the final 48-0 score.

Coming into the final game, Vincent said he was pleased with the week's practice.

"We worried about Bullitt East," Vincent said of the preparation. "Our goal all season is to get better each week."

Once the team's aggressiveness and intensity got going in the second quarter, Vincent said he was pleased with night.

"He put some new wrinkles in tonight," said Vincent, whose team ended the regular season at 9-1. "We got some kids some experience of  playing on a Friday night, which is good."

And, most important, the Chargers escaped with no major injuries.

"We're excited about getting back home," Vincent said of the first-round playoff game against North Hardin. "It seems like we haven't played at home for a month."

If the Chargers take care of business, they could have two playoff games at home.

"I'm pleased at where we're at," said Vincent. "But we still have room for improvement. Our goal is still to get better each week."

NEXT GAME -- Bullitt East will face North Hardin (1-9) in Mount Washington on Friday night. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.