HALL OF FAME
FOOTBALL: Tigers crush Dragons, 26-0
August 26, 2013Bardstown High School
Goldring gathers 2TDs, INT
By Wes Page
CAMPBELLSVILLE — Bardstown opened its season with a strong statement Friday in game one of the Forcht Bank Bowl at Campbellsville University, forcing four turnovers in a 26-0 whitewash of Green County.
“Our defense controlled their offense by swarming to the ball,” Tiger coach David Clark said. “They came up big tonight.”
Senior Dallan Goldring made an impact all over the field, catching two touchdown passes and snagging one of Bardstown’s three interceptions.
“He made the plays when we needed him to,” Clark said of Goldring, also a standout punter for the Tigers. In all, Goldring caught four passes for 126 yards, helping answer the question of who would become quarterback Keanu Young’s new favorite target after the graduation of Marcus Cosby, the school’s all-time leading receiver.
“Our quarterback was so accurate I couldn’t help but catch those passes,” Goldring said of Young, who went 10-for-14 through the air for 199 yards and three scoring strikes, as well as tallying 52 yards on the ground.
Senior JayQuez Smith caught a 32-yard touchdown from Young, and classmate Deion Tonge rushed nine times for 62 yards and another score.
Playing a big role on defense was senior Junior Mudd, who picked off a pass and recovered a fumble. Young — playing in the secondary this season after suiting up solely on offense last year — grabbed the Tigers’ other interception.
Bardstown totaled 343 yards of offense, while holding Green County to 315, most of that coming on the ground. Goldring said there’s room for improvement on defense.
“We need to execute better — we were really sloppy at times,” Goldring said. “We left our responsibilities several times tonight.”
Clark said the Tigers were able to contain and eventually wear down the Dragons.
“Conditioning was a major factor in tonight’s game,” Clark said. “The kids played hard and that was the number one key.”
Bardstown had built good chemistry through practice, and it showed, Goldring said.
“I feel really good because we worked together as a team tonight,” he said. ”We have been practicing hard and going all out and we are in better shape because of it.”
Bardstown is off Friday and returns to action Sept. 6 with a visit from Marion County.