SHEPHERDSVILLE - A great local high school football season is now in the rear view mirror and what a season it was.
Obviously, Bullitt East reaching the Class 4-A state championship game heads the list of accomplishments, but perhaps just as important is the fact that for the first time in at least 15 years, all three Bullitt County football programs posted winning records.
Yes, there have been seasons where all three have been below .500, but marks of 9-6, 8-3 and 8-5 this fall might just be the best combined mark in Bullitt County football history.
The three regular season intra-county contests were decided by a combined 15 points. All three teams reached the play-offs, that we knew before the season began, but two played for a regional championship.
The other Bullitt County team, Bullitt Central, was one of the most improved teams in the state and won its first Bullitt Cup as the best of the three schools after they beat Bullitt East and North Bullitt.
Change Ahead for BC
While this was a great season for local football, there will be some notable changes starting in the fall of 2009.
First and foremost, the biggest change is that Bullitt Central will drop down to Class 5-A and will be in a district with John Hardin, Doss, Waggener and Iroquois. John Hardin and Doss were the two best teams in that district this season while Waggener and Iroquois were not very good at all. Remember, Bullitt Central has beaten Iroquois each of the past two seasons.
While Bullitt Central will have to beat at least one of those teams to make the post-season, that does not seem like much of a challenge the next two seasons, although, with Jefferson County programs you never know from one year to the next what talent they will have on hand.
Doss at one time was a low-level team when they were in the same district with North Bullitt and Bullitt East, but went 9-1 this season including a win over the Eagles. Over the past several years, John Hardin has been the kingpin of 5-A football in the area and that will be the team that Bullitt Central will measure itself against for the next two seasons.
While John Hardin will be very strong, I think everyone will agree that they will not be as athletic as Male or Fern Creek.
We'll post the Bullitt Central schedule for the next two years here in the next couple of weeks.
Another big change for all high school football teams next season is that the regular season will end a week earlier. The final Friday night of the regular season next year will be on Oct. 30.
As I reported here a few months ago, teams will have 12 weeks starting on Aug. 14 to play ten games and have two scrimmages. The first week has to be a scrimmage and some teams will scrimmage the next week and then play ten straight games. Other teams will play official games the weekend of Aug. 21 and then have an open date at some point during the season.
This will mean that any team having to practice on Thanksgiving Day will be in the state semi-finals, not the regional final as was the case for North Bullitt and Bullitt East this fall.
The state finals will be played the first weekend of December instead of the second weekend.