MOUNT WASHINGTON - Scoring four times in the first half and then duplicating that feat after halftime, the Bullitt East Chargers rolled to an easy 8-0 victory over Bullitt Central last Tuesday.
The game capped a busy weekend for the red and gold as they had played four games the previous weekend in a tournament at Barren County. The Chargers won all four of those games and after beating Bullitt Central stood at 10-2 for the season.
This was the second time Bullitt East had faced the Cougars and the outcome was the same each time. During the first week of the season the two teams played in the Bullitt Cup event and Bullitt East won that game 9-0.
In that earlier meeting, Bullitt Central was playing for the second time that morning. It was hoped that this time the Cougars could put up a little more of a fight, but coach Steve Johnson’s team was short-handed because of the flu and had just 12 players available for this match.
“We were a little banged up from the tournament,” Bullitt East head coach Mike Brangers said of some alterations he made to his line-up on Tuesday. “We didn’t practice yesterday (Monday) and we had a few out.”
Brangers also said that he made some of the changes to keep all of his players fresh and to help them focus on beating Bullitt Central for a second time.
“I started 11 guys who don’t normally start in this spots,” the veteran coach said. “I wanted to keep them interested. “It is hard to get up sometimes and it was hard when they saw them get off the bus with 12 players.
“We did fine tonight,” Brangers added. “I didn’t expect a real close game. We did a few things different to motivate them.”
It worked as Bullitt East scored four times in the first 30 minutes of the game. Senior Ryan Linton opened the scoring and Bullitt East quickly added goals from seniors Duell Davis and Noah Franke. The fourth goal was scored by Rob Daugherty.
After the break, Cody Hutchins scored for the Chargers and that goal was quickly followed by one from foreign exchange student Felip Barreto. Down the stretch, Franke and Daugherty got their second goals of the contest to account for the final score.
For the second time this season, senior Andrew Hoben was in goal for the Chargers in place of senior Caleb Noe. Noe had missed the Friday night game four days earlier as he stayed behind to kick for the football team in a game against DeSales. Hoben got his second shut-out while Noe played the game in the field.
Brangers made it a point to say that Noe will continue to be the Chargers’ goalie.
The loss was the sixth straight for Bullitt Central to open the season. Even on a good day the team doesn’t have more than 16 players. The most competitive games to that point had been a 3-1 loss to North Bullitt and a 2-1 setback to Spencer County.
“We didn’t give up and hung in there,” Cougar head coach Steve Johnson said after the game. “We played hard the whole game.
“We just wanted to give them a good game and keep our heads up,” the coach added. “we had a lot more offense this time than the last game against them. We had some shots on goal so we consider that an improvement.”
Bullitt Central did get victory number one a day later when they traveled into Jefferson County and beat Evangel 4-3.
The Cougars have played their first seven games this season on the road. They do not play this week, but will play home games next week against Nelson County and LaRue County.
BE Wins Tourney
Bullitt East spent two nights in Glasgow over the Labor Day weekend and it was worth it as the team won four games in three days to take the title in the Trojan Invitational at Barren County High School.
Bullitt East opened with a 10-0 victory over Grayson County and then turned back Glasgow 7-1. It was just as easy in the next game as they routed Warren East 6-0.
The final was a much tougher contest as Bullitt East and Barren County were tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation. Being a tournament, the teams went straight to penalty kicks and Bullitt East won 4-2 in the penalty kicks as Noe blocked two attempts.
“I’m glad we faced a little adversity,” Brangers said. “Obviously, we had a good time and had fun. Until we had to face adversity the trip didn’t make us better as a team.”
After beating Bullitt Central, the Chargers played two of the most important games of the regular season and nothing was decided. On Wednesday, the Chargers tied district rival Bardstown 2-2 and a day later they had a 1-1 tie with Bethlehem.
Bullitt East will host the boys’ Ninth District Tournament this season in mid-October.