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HEBRON ESTATES - A year ago, North Bullitt and Doss were thrown together late in the season when both teams needed a game after the wind storm forced Jefferson County schools to cancel a week of games.
Doss went to North Bullitt and pulled out a 20-7 victory.
Now, the two neighbors are playing a more organized contest. The schools have a two-year contract with the Dragons coming to North Bullitt this season while the two squads will play in Louisville to open next season.
When North Bullitt head coach Brett Newton agreed to the game, he was under the impression that Doss was losing a lot of players to graduation. That was true on the offensive side of the ball, but that was not the case on defense. Doss has eight starters back for this season and they were impressive in their second scrimmage against Eastern.
Doss did lose senior quarterback Demetrius Unseld, one of the best athletes in Jefferson County last year. The Dragons have just three starters back on offense.
In a minor realignment, Doss is now in the same district as Bullitt Central in Class 5-A. The Dragons won that district a year ago by upsetting John Hardin during the regular season 27-21 a week before taking on North Bulitt. Coach LaKunta Farmer’s team then reached the regional final before losing at home to John Hardin 42-28 to finish the season 10-3.
On the tape from the Eastern scrimmage, Newton thought that the Dragons had moved one of their running backs, either Tyrone Mack or Donald Bethel to quarterback.
“They are doing the same things as last year,” Newton said on Monday. “They were shotgun the whole time and ran trips (triple wide receivers). They can run or pass. He’s not a great passer, but he is a good runner if he gets out of the pocket.”
There are three senior receivers that the Dragons can throw to. That group includes Zack Taylor, DelQuan Pearson and Raisen Snardon.
“They are probably pretty balanced,” Newton said of the run and pass. “When we saw them run on tape it was often when he was flushed out of the pocket.”
Eastern is often one of the best teams in Jefferson County and won 11 games last season.
“It was a pretty even scrimmage,” Newton said. “They were at the same scrimmage as us last week (Aug. 12), but we just went against them with our JV kids. They pretty much tied Seneca when they scrimmaged.”
On defense, Doss uses a 3-5 stack alignment with a lot of linebackers.
“Overall, they run to the ball well and will blitz a lot,” Newton said. “They will bring some pressure if they think they can cover everyone with a man.”
After a summer of drills and two scrimmages, the North Bullitt players are ready to pound on somebody else.
“The kids are ready,” Newton concluded. “The coaches always want another week to fine tune things like special teams, but we should be ready by Friday.”
Game time on Friday at North Bullitt is set for 7:30 p.m.