Defensive tricks provide lot of treats for North Bullitt fans

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NORTH BULLITT 55, Fairdale 20

By Thomas Barr

     FAIRDALE - It was still a few days before Halloween but Fairdale quarterback Boo Crabtree was throwing a little scare into some of the North Bullitt faithful on Friday night.

    Although the Bulldogs had been eliminated from the playoffs, they came out to play against the Eagles, who will open the post-season at home this Friday night.
    But, after a tight first quarter, it would be North Bullitt fans that would be enjoying the final evening of the regular season.
    Leading 21-20 at the end of the first quarter, North Bullitt scored the final 34 points for the 55-20 victory.
    The win pushed North Bullitt to 9-1 on the season and 17-3 over the past two years, the best stretch in Eagle football history. In fact, it is only the third team to post nine victories in the regular season.
    Head coach Brett Newton said once the Eagles made a couple of defensive changes, the game was over.
    Crabtree was connecting with senior Richard Rudolph on a regular basis in the first quarter. "We tried to cover him with single coverage," said Newton. "We decided to change that."
    There was nothing wrong with the North Bullitt offense, which had to punt only once.
    "We felt we could move the ball," said Newton. "The offense continues to play very well."
    Todd Asbury, who was sixth in state rushing entering the game, had 231 yards on 30 carries.
    He had plenty of help as the three-headed running monster became four-headed on Friday.
    Freshman Mitchell Allen had 121 yards on just 12 carries and a touchdown. His long run was 60 yards.
    Ryan Collins, who had his best game of the season the week before at Trigg County, followed that up with 86 yards on only seven carries and three touchdowns.
    And Travis Downing had 75 yards on six carries and another touchdown.
    Coming into the game, Newton said he wasn't too concerned with the running game of Fairdale. But he was very impressed with the passing attack.
    "They came out and played very hard," said Newton. "That's a credit to a team that knows it is already out of the playoffs and it still plays that hard."
    The game was delayed for over 30 minutes in the first quarter due to an injury to a Fairdale player.
    In terms of North Bullitt, Newton said there were no serious injuries and the team expects to get back a couple of players who have missed games.
    "Our kids didn't overlook Fairdale," said Newton. "They're a very mature group. They've played hard every game this year. They've been very focused."
    In Bluegrasspreps football rankings, North Bullitt was 10th in Kentucky going into last Friday's game.
    NEXT GAME: The Eagles open the Class 5A playoffs on Friday night by hosting Grayson County, which is 5-5 on the season. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.