East gets home playoff game on Friday

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt East Chargers lost on the field Friday night, but the red and gold won the contest on paper that will give them the number two seed and a first-round home play-off game this Friday against North Hardin.

Heading into action on Friday, the Chargers had no control over their own destiny. The only thing in Bullitt East’s favor was the fact that if it came down to a two-way tie with Bullitt Central that they held the mini tie-breaker, having beaten the Cougars 22-21 back on Oct. 7 at home.

That is just what happened.

The three-way tie for second, third and fourth in Class 5-A involved Bullitt East, Bullitt Central and Shelby County. Each of those teams finished with a 1-2 record in district play.

North Bullitt won District 4 with a 3-0 record and will take on Grayson County on Friday in the first-round of the post-season.

Before Friday’s games, both Bullitt East and Bullitt Central had seven ‘points’ in the tie-breaking procedure set up by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. That format gives each team a ‘point’ for each team they beat during the regular season not involved in the tie for each victory that opponent had.

Bullitt East had wins over Spencer County, Waggener and Doss. Bullitt Central beat Valley and Southern.

Bullitt Central was the team in control of their own destiny as they would have had the best finish in the tie-breaker if they had beaten Warren East on Friday. That didn’t happen as the maroon and gray lost 24-13.

First, Shelby County was out of the running for a top finish in the tie-breaker when they were beaten by South Oldham 34-16. Having just two ‘points’ heading into the tie-break, that loss meant that the Rockets could do no better than third. Shelby County did finish with just those two points.

It was a lot closer between Bullitt East and Bullitt Central. With each team starting with seven points, Bullitt East gained a point when Spencer County won and then Bullitt Central matched that when Valley dropped Waggener 38-27. The Cougars could not get another point as Southern fell to DeSales 36-21.

That left both of the local teams with eight ‘points’. Under the second-tier tie-breaker rules, when Shelby County fell out of contention, that made it a two-way tie. That tie was broken by the head-to-head meeting that Bullitt East won during the regular season.

So, Bullitt East got the number two seed for the post-season and will take on North Hardin at home on Friday. Bullitt Central now has the number three spot in the district and will go on the road to take on Jeffersontown on Friday.

The other first-round game in Class 5-A, Region Two has Shelby County playing at John Hardin this week.

While not getting a home game in the post-season was disappointing for Bullitt Central head coach Danny Leasor, the veteran mentor could see a silver-lining. It is the same silver-lining that all the teams in the district had before the season began and that was to get the top-seed and being bracketed away from powerful John Hardin.

With the loss on Friday, Bullitt Central, as well as North Bullitt, are now opposite John Hardin and cannot meet the second ranked team in Class 5-A until the third-round of the play-offs.

Leasor can now sell his team on playing well against Jeffersontown with a win giving the Cougars a rematch with North Bullitt in the second round of the playoffs.

Bullitt East could now be the first local team to meet up with John Hardin. The Chargers will have to travel to Radcliff to face the Bulldogs if they beat North Hardin.