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MOUNT WASHINGTON - The Bullitt East Chargers will face a familiar foe on Friday when they play host to Fairdale in the first round of the Class 4-A, Region 2 play-offs.
The two programs have played numerous games against each other during the regular season in the past. The series extended up to last season when Fairdale beat the Chargers 40-35 in Mount Washington. The teams did not renew the meetings because of situations just like this where they will meet in the post-season.
Bullitt East is the home team on Friday because of finishing second in District 4 behind Marion County. Fairdale is a number three seed after finishing behind Western and Valley in District 3.
Still, Fairdale has the better record at 6-4, but Bullitt East has played a much more difficult schedule.
In fact, the schedule might have bitten the Chargers this season as they have suffered through the most injury-riddled season in recent memory. Bullitt East head coach Doug Preston has lost 12 players from early in the season with injuries and he is playing a number of sophomores, and even freshmen, who are seeing their first varsity action the past few weeks.
The good news is that Bullitt East played their best football in the three district contests, the 18-14 loss at Marion County and the two wins over North Bullitt and then LaRue County. Preston is hoping that last week’s 31-6 loss to Nelson County was just a blip on the radar.
Fairdale is coached by Bullitt Central graduate Jonathan Miller who was also an assistant at one point for the Cougars. This is his fourth season at the helm of the Bulldogs and he has posted a 25-19 record including a 3-0 record against Bullitt East.
This meeting could have happened last season in the second round of the play-offs, but Fairdale was upset at home by Marion County 35-21. Fairdale also went into that game with a 6-4 record.
Fairdale is riding a three game winning streak after back-to-back losses to Western and Valley put them behind the eight-ball in their district. Since the loss to Valley, the Bulldogs have stomped Atherton (56-6) and Waggener (48-7) and last Friday they slipped past Doss 20-19.
Amazingly, the two teams do not have a common opponent this season.
Like most Jefferson County teams, the Bulldogs have big play capability with strong ‘skilled’ position players. Fairdale has thrown for more yardage this season than they have on the ground, but the numbers are relatively even.
The quarterback for the Bulldogs is senior Bradley Vincent. He completed just three passes last week against Doss but those passes converted 156 yards including an 85 yard touchdown pass to Brent Weston.
The top receiving threats are senior Quintrel Morris and senior Marvin Mcatee. Morris is well known to Bullitt East fans as a standout on the Bulldogs’ basketball team.
Two weeks ago against Waggener, Vincent completed 10 of 16 passes for 160 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to Mcatee.
On the ground, Vincent picks up a lot of yards on the ground and he rushed for a touchdown against Doss. Two other running threats are Austin Woosley, a senior, along with senior James Spalding.
Game time on Friday in Mount Washington is set for 7:30 p.m.