Efficient Bengal offense uses few plays to win ‘A’ trophy

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CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY - Greater Bullitt County Youth Football

By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - In the first half of play, the Old Mill Bengals ran just 11 plays from scrimmage.


Typically, one would think this was a bad thing.

But when you run three plays from scrimmage and each results in a touchdown, don’t try to outthink conventional wisdom.

The Old Mill Bengals jumped on top early and coasted to a 40-18 victory over the Maryville Patriots in the A division title game for the Greater Bullitt County Youth Football and Cheerleading League.

Behind the running of quarterback Nathan Johnson, Maryville held the ball on the opening possession for eight plays but the drive stalled.

On the first play, following a penalty for a false start, Mitchell Langley went around the left side and never stopped until he reached the end zone 57 yards away.

Langley would then convert the first of his five two-point conversion kicks.

On its second “drive”, Old Mill got the ball at its own 40-yard-line.

This time, Ethan Dawson took the ball with 3:16 left in the opening quarter and scored the touchdown.

After the conversion, it was 16-0 Old Mill.

The Bengal defense held and got the ball back at the Patriot 25 following a fumbled snap on the punt. 

Who’ve already guessed it. On the first play, Dalton Gillespie took the ball and scored from the 25.

Maryville went on another long 11-play drive kept alive by a fourth-down roughing the passer call; however, that possession stalled at the Bengal 20.

On its fourth possession, it was Dawson who scored his second touchdown of the day - this one from 37 yards out.

Maryille’s Johnson got loose on the ensuing kickoff and ran 75 yards for the first Patriot touchdown to make it 32-8 at halftime.

The undefeated Bengal squad, which entered the championship game as the top seed, got the offensive machine rolling quickly in the third quarter.

Gillespie got his second score of the day with a 35-yard scamper to make it 40-8.

Johnson would cap off a tremendous offensive season with 1:52 left in the game with a 55-yard touchdown. He also kicked the extra point for the 40-16 score.

Old Mill was able to dominate the game without allowing Konnor Polson to show off the air game. Gillespie led the way with 129 yards, with Dawson adding 110. Langley had 57 yards, while Grayson Payne added 14 and Polson had 10.

Defensively, Dawson led the way with nine tackles. Ethan Arnett had six tackles, followed by Will Rucker and Trevor Dawson, each with five. Gillespie had four stops and Cameron Brooks had three.

Other team members include: Ricky Riley, Randy Riley, Brandon Adkins, Hunter Burks, Jarrett Bitner, Collin Edwards, Jacob Birge, Daniel Mantell, Michael Rubenstein, Jon Page, Christian Kummer, Adrian Harbin and Russell Cornett.

Head coach Garry Polson was assisted by Ray Page, Chris Adkins, Larry Ethington and Bruce Rucker.

Other team members include: Dawson Hedges, Errick Grant, Derek Downing, Dakota Plyman, Blake Benz, Frankie Masters, Cameron Cunningham, Tyler Hurst, Christopher Welch, Jacob Neal, Jordan Matherly, Matthew Cummings, Jacob Finley, Jonathon Claycomb, Blake Caple, Ryan Robertson, Dillon Deindoerfer and Nathan Finley.

Head coach Jesse Craig was assisted by Tony Bettinger, Eddie Blevins, Jordan Mayberry, Ivan Tischendorf and Nate Johnson Sr.