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Opportunistic Baker leads Colts to title

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CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY - Greater Bullitt County Youth Football

By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE — Dylan Baker took his place behind center as the Mount Washington Colts were clinging to a one touchdown lead in the Little Bullitts championship game for the Greater Bullitt County Youth Football and Cheerleading League.

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With regular quarterback Eli Burkhead on the sidelines for a play, Baker took advantage.

Running behind the big linemen, Baker appeared to be stopped. And, then suddenly, he appeared out of the pack en route to a 50-yard touchdown.

That clinched the 12-0 shutout victory over the Shepherdsville Titans.

Mount Washington successfully defended its Little Bullitts title from the previous year.

As is often the case in Little Bullitts battles, the defenses from each team ruled the afternoon.

The first Colt touchdown came at the conclusion of a five-play, 18-yard drive.

With 6 minutes remaining in the first half, Burkhead scored from the 3-yard-line for the 6-0 lead, which held up at intermission.

The only other score came on the second play of the third quarter. That’s when Baker took the ball and ran 50 yards for the touchdown with 6:49 remaining in the third quarter.

The Titans could get no closer than the Colt 14 in the second half.

Statistically, Baker was the leading rusher with his 50-yard touchdown. Burkhead collected 17 yards on a busy afternoon and a touchdown.

Defensively, Cole Unser led the way with four tackles, while Drew Palmer had three. Jordan Pound, Landon Exley, Luke Lamarre and Burkhead. Burkhed, Pound, Exley and Lamarre each had a fumble recovery and Burkhead intercepted a pass.

Other team members includes Cody Dohn, Jaden Smith, Nolan Hunt, Ethan Crider, Jackson Cox, Alec Britt, Brandon Wathen, Kaden Hoglen, Aaron Cecil, James Duke, Tanner Stevens, Trent Woods, Trey Woods, Tyson Dohn, Cole Cecil, Ben Bowen, Brayden Joyce, Cole Britt and Peyton Stafford.

Head coach Pat Wathen was assisted by David Dohn, Brian Smith, Nikki Britt and Duane Palmer.

For the Titans, Gage Evans led the rushers with 23 yards. Nathaniel Craven added 18 and Jarrett Ricketts had six.

On the defensive side of the ball, Kendall Tucker had a big game with seven tackles, while Tyler Caudill had six. Allison Bowman and Evans added four each.

Other team members include Justin Eskridge, Kasey Barton, Tegan Heilman, Jordan Tatum, Trenton Rogers, Grace Rogers, Isaih Tobin, Dominic Hargrove, Justin Sherrard, Joshua Payne, Donald Mattingly, John Duncan, Tre Thompson, Trevor Wolford, David Morris, Cameron Douglas, Hunter Evans, Chase Johnson, Gage Goodlett, Maddox Spencer and Cameron Johnson.

Head coach Anthony Weird was assisted by Alan Nixs, James Ricketts and B.J. Johnson.