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Last-minute greed haunts Eagles in loss

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Christian Academy 30, NORTH BULLITT 21

By The Staff

HEBRON ESTATES - In Shakespeare, avarice is the root of all evil.

Simply put, greed is the root of all evil.

In terms of a football game, coaches will sometimes go for play that might be a bit greedy or ill-advised.

North Bullitt football coach Brett Newton openly told his players that he was guilty.

Up 14-7 with just 1:44 left in the first half, Newton opted to try to get a quick score against the Christian Academy Centurions.

It didn’t work out.

When the final horn sounded, the visitors would leave C.T. Collins Field with a 30-21 victory.

“I told them I got greedy,” Newton said after the game.

With a new offensive scheme based more around the passing game than in the past, North Bullitt did have the ball at its own 45.

With Dalton Hadley already having a touchdown pass to Brandon Shawver, the Eagles went right back to the air.

After a holding call wiped out an 18-yard connection between Hadley and Jacob Exton, Mike Arnold stepped in front of a pass and returned it to the Eagle 38.

On the next play, Jacob Richter hit Joe Freibert for the touchdown. Kyle Parks’ extra point tied the score at 14 with just 18 seconds remaining in the half.

With Richter running and throwing the ball, Christian Academy took the 7-0 lead with 5:15 left in the first quarter. Richter ended a nine-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Wes Osbourne.

After Arnold’s 40-yard field goal was blocked, North Bullitt went on its own scoring drive. Hadley hit three passes for 54 yards. After Todd Asbury’s 12-yard run got the ball to the 5, Travis Ridley went under center. He found Shawver from the 6-yard line for the touchdown. On the two-point conversion, Ridley got into the end zone.

The home team took the lead when a snap went over the punter’s head and the Eagles recovered at the Centurion 28. On the first play, Hadley found Shawver open along the right sideline for the touchdown. The two-point conversion failed.

After the late Christian Academy touchdown, the teams went into the locker room tied at 14.

“I felt good at halftime,” said Newton. “If I had run the clock out in the first half, we’re up 14-7 at halftime.”

Hadley tossed his second scoring pass with 5:28 left in the third quarter as Ridley got behind the defense to catch the ball at midfield and then outran the defenders for a 21-14 lead after Derek Schweinhart hit the conversion.

The visitors would not quit as Richter covered the final 20 yards, including a 2-yard run with 16 seconds left in the third quarter.

Asbury blocked the extra point as North Bullitt led 21-20 entering the final quarter.

Momentum changed with 9:50 left in the game. Facing a fourth and one at its own 37, Newton left the offense on the field. While Eagle coaches were not pleased with the mark, Ridley came up short on the quarterback sneak.

Christian Academy got to the Eagle 2 but a penalty and a sack by Sean Underwood resulted in Arnold attempting a 31-yard field goal, which he nailed.

After the Eagles could not move the ball, the final points were put on the board when Richter raced 25 yards for a touchdown.

“We did some things better tonight,” said Newton, whose team is now 2-4 entering district play on Friday. “We got better in several areas.”

With a young team and so many players in action for the entire game, Newton said they would make mistakes. Until the team can develop more depth, Newton said missed assignments and turnovers would occur.

He was pleased that Hadley bounced back off a rough outing as he combined with Ridley to account for 216 yards passing and three touchdowns.

Defensively, Newton said Christian Academy’s option offense is difficult to defend and Richter was a very good quarterback.

Statistically, the game was even. North Bullitt gained one more total yard than the visitors with 277 yards. However, the running game accounted for only 61 yards on 20 attempts.

“Their defense did a good job of taking away the run up the middle,” said Newton.

Next Game: North Bullitt enters district play with a road trip to Hodgenville to play LaRue County. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.