PLAYOFFS... Matchups on gridiron set for Friday

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – When Bullitt Central failed to rally late against South Oldham on Friday the die was cast for the post-season pairings in Class 5-A, Region 2.

     The play-offs will start this week with almost ever team in the state taking part in a five-week mad dash that will end in Bowling Green December 6-7 with champions crowned in the six classifications.

     In Class 5-A, District 4, the three-way tie for spots two, three and four in the seeding process didn’t change over the last week of the season. Shelby County, North Bullitt and Bullitt Central all finished 1-2 in district play this season behind Bullitt East’s 3-0 mark.

     The final tally in the tie-breaking procedure, which takes the number of wins collected by teams that each team beat during the season, ended the same on Friday as it was going into play. Shelby County earned the number two spot with 15 points (Henry County 6, Spencer County 6, Ryle 2 and Western Hills 1) while North Bullitt had nine points (Henry County 6, Jeffersontown 3) and Bullitt Central finished with only five points (Southern 4, Valley 1, Fairdale 0).

     Now, on Friday, top-seeded Bullitt East will play at home when they play host to North Hardin. The Trojans have only a 1-9 record with the only victory coming by a 24-9 score at home over Iroquois.

     It was just two years ago that North Hardin made the trip to Mount Washington and defeated the Chargers 35-14 when Bullitt East was a number two-seed. That Charger team won only four games, a far cry from the 9-1 record that Bullitt East has this season.

     In the opposite game within the bracket, North Bullitt will travel to Grayson County on Friday. The Cougars finished the season with a 4-6 mark with two of the wins coming within the district over North Hardin and Jeffersontown. The team did have a 21-0 loss within the district to Iroquois as well as a blow-out loss to John Hardin.

     The winners of the two games above will meet in the second round on Friday, Nov. 15. Bullitt East will host that game if they are involved.

     The other half of the Region 2 bracket has Bullitt Central traveling to John Hardin on Friday. The Bulldogs have not lost a post-season game in the first three rounds since 2007 when the format was different and there were only four games in the post-season instead of five.

     John Hardin has lost twice this season, dropping games to DeSales and Highlands. Those were the first regular season losses for the Bulldogs since a 27-21 setback to Doss on Oct. 24, 2008.

     The other game will have Jeffersontown (3-7) traveling to Shelby County (5-4).

     The winner of those two games will meet in the second round with John Hardin hosting if they defeat Bullitt Central.

     The regional final will be played on Nov. 22. If the two number one seeds advance, Bullitt East and John Hardin, that game would be played at John Hardin.