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SHEPHERDSVILLE - For the second week in a row, the Bullitt Central Cougars found themselves in an early hole that they could not find an escape from as the maroon and gray dropped to 0-2 with a 34-0 setback to Glasgow.
It marks the first time since 2002 that the Cougars have opened a season with two straight losses.
This time, the maroon and gray found themselves down 21-0 three plays into the second quarter, but despite some strong moves into Scotty territory, the Cougars could not cut into the early deficit.
The early season woes can be attributed to one thing - strong competition. Glasgow went 8-3 a year ago and with most of that talent back, they are expected to be one of the top teams in Class 2-A this season.
“They were good. They were definitely better than us,” veteran Bullitt Central head coach Danny Leasor said late on Friday night. “But we had three opportunities to put seven on the board and we did nothing. Two times we were inside the 15 and we missed a field goal and fumbled.
The early setback have causing a little concern in Shepherdsville, but Leasor feels that the tough competition will make the Cougars better for the important games in the second half of the season.
“We knew going in that this could happen,” Leasor said of the 0-2 start. “But this can’t do anything but make us better. If we work and regroup, I think by the end we be a good team. I want to be good by the district games (which start Sept. 30).”
Bullitt Central got the first break of the game when Glasgow fumbled. The Cougars could not move the ball, but got away a punt that rolled out of bounds at the Scotties’ 15-yard line.
On the very next play, senior running back Jalen Sublett broke free in the secondary for an 85-yard jaunt that made it 7-0.
After the Cougars gained one first down, they had to punt and again Glasgow was backed up, starting at their own 9-yard line. This time it took seven plays to cover the distance. The big play was a 17-yard run by senior quarterback Parker Cash and on the very next play, Cash connected with wide receiver Josh Wooten for 38 yards. Sublett then scored three plays later from 6-yards out.
Again, Bullitt Central was forced to punt when the next drive failed to produce a first down and Glasgow was helped out by a 15-yard penalty for a personal foul. The Scotties were in the endzone again when Cash and Wooten combined on a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Just before halftime, Bullitt Central marched 62-yards down the field, but the drive stalled at the 18-yard line with a pair of incomplete passes. Wade Curtsinger’s 35-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.
Bullitt Central took the opening kick of the second half and senior Cody Fulkerson dashed 81 yards before being dragged down at the 17-yard line. The Cougars managed a first down, but then quarterback Bradley Combs was hit and fumbled with the visitors taking over at the 16-yard line.
That was the last snap that Bullitt Central took in Glasgow territory. The Scotties scored twice later in the third quarter, first on a 1-yard plunge by Cash before the scoring was completed when Blake Copass intercepted a pass and returned it 34-yards to the endzone.
Glasgow finished with 359 yards of total offense to just 175 yards for the Cougars. Of that total, Bullitt Central had 169 yards on the ground.
“We were inept on offense,” Leasor admitted. “The kicking game was better than last week, but you have to move the ball. We were only one of eight passing and one of those went to them.”
Bullitt Central played both Combs along with freshman Trevor Carnell at quarterback.
“At times they both looked good and other times they looked like they lacked experience,” associate head coach Mike Gossett said. “I know they will respond next week and lead our team.”
Leasor said the team will make some changes on offense this week.
“I see light at the end of the tunnel,” the coach said. “We have to work hard and get better. I’ve been here and done that. If anyone wants to point fingers, they can point them at me.
“We lost 2,800 yards from last season,” Leasor said of the graduation of quarterback Damion Wibbels and running back James Johnson. “That type of talent and experience just doesn’t fall out of trees.”
Next Game: Bullitt Central will go back on the road on Friday as they will make the short trip up Preston Highway to do battle with Southern. The Trojans are 1-1 after losing 43-7 to North Bullitt last week.
Game time at Southern is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday.