Friday night road trips for local football teams

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - All three Bullitt County football teams will be on the road this weekend for week two of the high school season.

For two of the local squads, North Bullitt and Bullitt East, going on the road is a relative term. North Bullitt won’t have far to go at all as they travel up Preston Highway to take on old rival Southern High School. Bullitt East has just a little longer trip into Jefferson County to take on Jeffersontown.

The big road trip will be made by Bullitt Central as they will jump on I-65 and head south to take on Glasgow.

NB vs. Southern

North Bullitt head coach Brett Newton is the first to admit that the football rivalry between his school and Southern hasn’t reached the level of some other sports like baseball, but this is still a growing rivalry if for no other reason than the two schools are just so close together.

In fact, the two schools have already agreed to continue the series for the next two years.

Southern held a 7-1 record against the Eagles when the series took a siesta after the 2004 season. The two teams started up against each other again last year with North Bullitt pulling out a 43-7 victory.

This year, Southern opened the season with a 39-20 victory over Moore. They did just about the same thing last season before facing the Eagles.

“They did score a lot of points,” Newton said on Monday. “They were about like what we saw last year from the Moore tape. We were concerned last year after that first game but they didn’t take advantage of what they had.”

Last year’s Southern team finished with a 4-7 record and that squad lost 16 seniors. This year’s team has only six seniors.

Southern will run out of the ‘I’ backfield and it appears that the team will be evenly split between passing and running. The Trojan quarterback is junior John Marshall and the team’s top big play threat is senior wide receiver Deon Yelder who is 6-3.

Game time at Southern on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m.

BE vs. Jeffersontown

Everything was good for the Bullitt East Chargers on Friday after they defeated Doss 49-21 except for head coach Darrell Vincent. The second-year head coach was limping after the game and on Monday learned that he had pulled a calf muscle while celebrating one of his team’s first-half touchdowns.

Other than that, the team should be at full strength heading into the second week of the regular season.

Well, at least the second week of the regular season for the Bullitt County version of the Chargers. Jeffersontown, also nicknamed the Chargers, did not play last week, the same thing that happened last year. The Louisville Chargers came to Mount Washington and recorded a 28-8 victory.

In fact, Jeffersontown defeated all three Bullitt County teams last season, besting both Bullitt Central and North Bullitt in the Class 5-A play-offs.

That Jeffersontown team had two Division I college players. This year’s team does not have that top of top end talent.

Vincent got two tapes in trade with Jeffersontown, but both were of scrimmages.

“There is good and there is bad,” Vincent said of playing a team that hasn’t played a game yet. “We haven’t seen them do any live kicking yet. They have been pretty vanilla so far and they have a new coach.

That new coach is Nathan Jones, but he has eight starters back on each side of the ball. One new player to the team is junior Richard Deloney who played the past two seasons at Fairdale. He will start on both offense and defense.

The quarterback for the Charges will be junior Kendrick Gardner and while the team often lines up in the ‘pistol’ formation, it is not really the same type of offense that Bullitt Central uses. This team will try to use their speed to get around the corner or hit it quick up the middle.

Game time at Jeffersontown on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m.

BC vs. Glasgow

Bullitt Central faced one of its strongest foes last year when they played host to the Glasgow Scotties. That game ended in a 34-0 loss.

Glasgow went on to win 14 straight games before losing to Covington Holy Cross in the Class AA State Championship game in Bowling Green. That Glasgow team lost nine starters on each side of the ball, but Bullitt Central coaches did not see any lack of talent when they watched film of Glasgow’s 60-22 win over Todd County Central last week.

“The guys that have replaced those guys are players,” Cougar head coach Danny Leasor said on Monday. “They have real speed in three or four players. They have good size and great speed.”

The starting quarterback for the Scotties will be junior Ryan Hinkley and they will line-up in the ‘I’ and work to attack the corners with their speed. The two running backs are senior Michael Poore and sophomore Marquez Trigg.

Glasgow will have five players going both ways while Bullitt Central may only Trevor Carnell starting on both sides of the ball.

Because of the time change with Glasgow in the central time zone, this game will start at 8 p.m. on the watches of local fans. That will be a 7 p.m. start time in Glasgow.