Henry hangs whopper of a setback on Central

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Henry County 27, Bullitt Central 17

By Mike Farner

 NEW CASTLE - Bullitt Central’s season of missed chances and diminishing returns spiraled further out of control on Friday as the Cougars where shocked 27-17 by previously winless Henry County.

After the team returned to Shepherdsville, veteran head coach Danny Leasor laid it out bluntly.

“In 43 years of coaching I’ve never been so embarrassed and humiliated in my life,” the coach said in his office. “We were terrible.”

Worse, there is no simple answer ahead as the team now plays three straight district contests starting at home this Friday against North Bullitt.

“I have no answers,” Leasor said. “We will just show up tomorrow and start all over again.

“When you do some of the things we did tonight, you wonder if they have ever had coaching,” the coach wondered. “I’m humiliated. We were just terrible. They beat us in every aspect.”

Actually, the team did not show up on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Leasor had planned to practice on Saturday to prepare for North Bullitt. The coach canceled that on the bus ride home.

“I just told them to stay home,” the coach said. “I don’t want to see them and they don’t want to see me. For the second week in a row, we should have won the ball game.”

On Friday night, Leasor had no stats from the game and he found out later that the team didn’t even have a workable video from the game.

Still, Henry County scored first before Bullitt Central tied it at 7-7 early in the second quarter. After the Wildcats scored again, Bullitt Central managed to head to the locker room with the score knotted at 14-14.

The only lead for the Cougars came midway through the third quarter on a field goal by Wade Curtsinger. Henry County then took the lead for good late in the third quarter with another touchdown. The home team capped the night by taking nearly eight minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter with a drive that sealed the outcome.

Bullitt Central spent most of the night chasing Henry County quarterback Blake Issacs instead of containing him.

“We ran around like we never saw a film or a scouting report,” Leasor said. “It was embarrassing. I’m embarrassed to talk to you now.”

Next Game: Bullitt Central has little time to feel sorry for themselves as they start district play on Friday with a home game against North Bullitt. The Eagles are 4-1 overall and have won two straight after beating Nelson County 48-20 on Friday.

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