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BRANDENBURG -- The game plan going into Friday night's game against Meade County was no different than the previous nine.
North Bullitt head coach Brett Newton and his staff was looking for a way to win the ball game.
But, reality also begins to sit in.
Playing one of the top Class 6-A programs in the state on the road, Newton had a second objective -- to stay healthy with the playoffs just a week ago.
"Meade County is a very good team," Newton said after his Eagles got out of Brandenburg following a 52-8 setback.
In looking at past opponents over the past few years, Newton ranks Meade County right up with John Hardin in terms of quality.
"They are big and strong," said Newton.
After Meade County got on the scoreboard first, North Bullitt did take the lead in the contest.
Capping off a long drive, Dalton Casey threw a halfback pass to Josh Exton for the 20-yard touchdown. The two-point pass from Logan James to Chance Egnor gave North Bullitt the 8-6 lead in the first quarter.
That was the high point of the night.
The Green Wave ran for 453 yards -- on only 33 carries.
For the night, five Meade County players scored touchdowns and four players had at least 49 yards on the ground.
"They are good," said Newton, whose team ended the regular season at 3-7.
North Bullitt would have just 137 yards in total offense for the evening with only 36 yards on the ground. Normally a run-oriented team, Eagle quarterbacks combines to hit 11 of 19 attempts for 133 yards.
Down 42-8 at halftime, Newton played his younger players.
"We wanted to keep everyone as healthy as possible," said Newton.
While there were no additional injuries, Newton said the team seemed a bit more short-handed on Friday. And the death of two recent North Bullitt graduates in a car accident earlier that day cast a different mood in the entire school community.
The best news of the night was that no new injuries seemed to arise from the game.
"The real season is here," said Newton. "The season starts fresh on Friday."
NEXT GAME -- The Eagles will travel to Grayson County on Friday night with the kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Look in Wednesday's Pioneer News for a preview and directions.