HEBRON ESTATES - Homecoming week usually culminated with an excited crowd and an energetic football team.
However, that wasn’t to be the case on Friday evening at North Bullitt High School.
For whatever the reason, it was a subdued performance both on and off the field as the Eagles were defeated by an athletic Tates Creek team 29-7.
The loss dropped North Bullitt to 2-3 on the season.
“We took a big step backwards tonight,” said head coach Brett Newton. “This is the first step backwards that we’ve taken.”
The step appeared to be going forward on the very first play of the game.
Despite Tates Creek having men on the line, North Bullitt was able to execute the on-side kick, recovering at the 40.
Travis Ridley covered 13 yards on two carries and Dalton Hadley hit Brandon Shawver and Todd Asbury on back-to-back throws.
With the ball at the 9, Zack Reynolds gained five yards on two carries. Hadley hit Shawver for his third touchdown of the season from 4 yards out.
Derek Schweinhart kicked the extra point.
That would be the high level mark for the Eagles.
On its first possession, Tates Creek went 60 yards on seven plays with William Hardin covering the final yard.
The visitors had something that the Eagles could not find an answer for - quarterback Dee Christopher.
The junior signal caller was the best quarterback the Eagles had seen this season.
“We didn’t have an answer for No. 11 (Christopher),” said Newton. “He could scramble and throw from the pocket or on the run.”
During the initial drive, Christopher would hit three passes for 53 yards.
The North Bullitt offense could muster only two first downs the rest of the half.
On its second possession, Tates Creek needed four plays to cover 15 yards after Hadley fumbled. Christopher hit Johathan Diliberto from 14 yards out for the score. Reid Vanbussum kicked his second extra point for the 14-7.
The final score of the first half came just seconds before intermission.
Damon Boggs intercepted a Hadley pass. After Christopher scrambled for 21 yards to the Eagle 36, the quarterback connected with Diliberto for the second touchdown pass.
The extra point made it 21-6 with 47 left in the half.
The second half was no better as North Bullitt could only convert on four first downs and no points.
“When we had the ball to start the third quarter and went three and out, that was tough,” said Newton.
Tates Creek would go 76 yards on 15 plays to score for the final time.
Christopher found Larobert Bell from the 4 on fourth down. It was the second fourth-down conversion on the drive.
Jonathan Meadors took the two-point conversion run into the end zone with 3:02 left in the third quarter.
Newton could find no area in which he felt his Eagles made any improvement.
He said Tates Creek did a good job of bringing a lot of pressure and Hadley never seemed comfortable.
“We have plenty of things to work on this week,” said Newton.
Next game: The Eagles will entertain Christian Academy on Friday at 7:30 p.m.