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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Unlike a year ago when the Class 4-A play-offs were not set until the final minute because of some forfeited games and the bad wind storm that cancelled some games, area football teams are already well aware of where they will open the post-season starting next Friday.
For the first time since 1979, Bullitt Central will host a post-season game next week when the Cougars play host to Jeffersontown, the number three team in District 4.
Bullitt Central has not played Jeffersontown this season, but Cougar head coach Danny Leasor will have a lot of tape on the Chargers. Jeffersontown has a strong record this season at 6-3 with a game remaining. They put up strong fights against the top two teams in their district - Oldham County and Anderson County.
If there was one ‘surprise’ last week in area football it was Oldham County upsetting Anderson County 10-7 on Friday. That put the Colonels in the number one slot and dropped Anderson County to number two.
If Anderson County had beaten Oldham County, then Bullitt Central would have been looking at having to beat a pair of teams, Anderson County and possibly John Hardin, that had beaten them in the regular season then in the post-season.
As it turned out, Bullitt Central is in the same bracket now with Oldham County and Waggener. If the Cougars get past Jeffersontown, they would then in all likelihood travel to Oldham County for the second-round play-off game. The other regional semi-final will probably be between John Hardin and Anderson County (in Radcliff) with the winner advancing to the third round.
This is Bullitt Central’s first season in Class 5-A after being in Class 6-A the past few seasons. The Cougars have won just one play-off game in school history and that came almost 20 years ago.
Bullitt East’s big win last week over LaRue County will have them playing at home in the first round of the Class 4-A play-offs as they will be playing host to Fairdale next Friday. The two rivals have a long history in football, but mostly in the regular season. Fairdale beat the Chargers last season in Mount Washington 40-35 before Bullitt East rallied for that big finish in reaching the Class 4-A State Championship contest.
North Bullitt, which finished as the number four team in District 4, will be on the road next week and will travel to Western. The Eagles scrimmaged the Warriors before last season.
Both Bullitt East and North Bullitt are in the same bracket and if both win, the two would meet in the post-season for the third time in the past four seasons in the second-round of the play-offs in a game that would be in Mount Washington. It was just last season that the two meet in the regional final at Bullitt East with the Chargers winning en route to reaching the State Championship game.
The play-offs are starting a week earlier this season. That means that while East and North met on Thanksgiving week a year ago in the third round, anybody practicing on Thanksgiving this year will be in the state semi-finals, not the quarterfinals.
The state championship games will be played the first weekend in December in Bowling Green.