Little to say after Dragons continue to control Eagles

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South Oldham 26, NORTH BULLITT 6

By Thomas Barr

 HEBRON ESTATES - There was no series of comments from the coaches.

There was no need for the band and cheerleaders to gather for the singing of the school fight song.

On Friday night, North Bullitt head coach Brett Newton saw no need to the post-game ritual. He had nothing to say.

His Eagles jumped on top 6-0 but did little else as they fell to South Oldham 26-6 in the home opener at C.T. Collins Field.

“There was nothing to say,” Newton said after quickly sending the team to the locker room. “We were outplayed and outcoached tonight.”

Coming into the contest with a 2-0 mark, Newton knew the team’s biggest challenge of the year would come from South Oldham, which was 1-1 on the year.

The Dragons were also welcoming back senior quarterback Jack Sherry, who made a sizable difference on Friday.

“He’s got good size and throws the ball well and he can run the ball, too,” Newton said of the Dragon signalcaller. “He makes a big difference.”

Coming into the contest, Newton said it would be important for the Eagles to win the third-down plays on both sides of the ball. For the most part, that didn’t happen.

He also knew that his team couldn’t give up big plays - which it did.

“They played a lot more physical in person,” Newton said of a team he had seen in person against Bullitt Central and on tape against Meade County.

The home fans had plenty to cheer about as the Eagles jumped out in front on the opening drive.

Starting at its own 44, North Bullitt took 11 plays - all on the ground - to score. The trio of Mitchell Allen, Josh Exton and Travis Downing all had carries on the drive with Downing covering the final four yards for the score with 6:10 left in the quarter.

Still yet to put a kicker on the field to attempt an extra point, North Bullitt quarterback Patrick Egnor’s two-point conversion run was unsuccessful.

South Oldham would come right back on its first possession and march 75 yards in 11 plays with Ticorian Williams finishing off the final three yards for the score. Sherry added the extra point for the 7-6 lead.

During that drive, the Dragons converted a fourth and nine when Sherry hit Dallas Banks for 26 yards, one of 12 plays covering at least 15 yards on the night.

With a three-and-out series, Exton’s 55-yard punt pinned the visitors at their own 9. However, that didn’t stop South Oldham from taking 13 plays to reach paydirt with Williams scoring from the 4.

During that drive, North Bullitt’s line jumped on a fourth-and-two for an automatic first down. On third down, Sherry and Banks connected on a 27-yard third-down pass. It was third and 15 yards at the time.

Sherry’s extra point with 7:42 left in the first half made it 14-6.

Showing its ability to fight from behind, North Bullitt appeared ready to score on its next possession.

Allen converted a fourth-and-three to deep the drive alive and Exton ran for 13 on another third-down call.

However, on fourth-and 1 from the 16, the entire Dragon line filled the hole that Downing was hoping to find. That would be the final scoring opportunity until late in the game.

South Oldham delivered a knockout blow by taking the ball and covering 84 yards in nine plays.

Sherry hit three long pass plays, including the final one - a scoring toss to Kyle Young, who was wide open enough to juggle the ball three times before collecting it with 23 seconds left before intermission.

Despite a missed extra point, South Oldham led 20-6, which could have been worse considering the Dragons had recovered the ensuing on-side kick but ran out of time.

Down 20-6 at halftime, Newton said it was obvious that the staff had been outcoached and the team was outplayed by the Dragons.

North Bullitt’s defense settled in after halftime but the offense had just one scoring opportunity.

Sherry ran 24 yards for the final points with 8:42 left in the game.

With 5:35 left, Dalton Casey threw a pass to Allen. A pass interference call took the ball to the Dragon 8. After Allen got the ball to the 1, he came up short on fourth down.

“Youth hurt us in spots,” said Newton. “Depth continues to be a problem.”

In having players seeing a lot of plays on both offense and defense, Newton said that it difficult and could contribute to the long plays.

“We didn’t win third down plays on either side of the ball,” said Newton.

The best thing about the schedule is that North Bullitt has a week off before returning for homecoming on Sept. 17 against Valley.

“We need some time to get some people back and some people healed,” said Newton. “We’re playing a lot of young players right now.”

“The week off comes at a very good time,” said Newton.

NEXT GAME - Eagle fans looking for a football game on Friday will have to look elsewhere. North Bullitt has a bye week and will return for homecoming on Friday, Sept. 17, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff against Valley. Homecoming ceremonies will be at halftime.