HALL OF FAME
FOOTBALL: Nelson, Bardstown score shutout wins
October 29, 2013Bardstown High School
It was an historic Senior Night victory for the Nelson County Cardinals Friday as they posted their seventh overall win on the season and will host their first playoff game since 2004.
With the monumental win, this Nelson County football program has claimed the fame that no other squad had done since 1998, by notching seven wins during a regular season campaign.
“We have been so close for the past five years and couldn’t get over the hump, but now we have,” Cardinals coach Jamie Egli said. “Our kids understood that, and now this is expected. This was a huge win by this senior class and has set the expectations of seven wins or better every year.”
Nelson County (7-3 overall, 4-1 dist.) came out strong on offense for the second straight week and pounded Louisville Moore 43-0. The Cardinals have a bye this week before entering the Class 4A Region 2 playoffs, hosting the No. 3 seed in District 3, Spencer County (5-4), a familiar opponent Nelson County dismissed in the first round of last year’s playoffs, in addition to this fall’s scrimmage opponent.
It only took 56 seconds for the Cards to notch their first score, as quarterback Jonathan Breeding connected on a 46-yard pass to the state’s leader in receptions, running back Ben Jones.
“Our offense didn’t play well at times, but we got the win and that’s all that matters,” Breeding said. “That first score was our momentum swing out of the gate. We have to take it one game at a time now and play our hearts out.”
The Cardinals scored again with 4:11 remaining in the first quarter when Jones scrambled up the middle on a four-yard touchdown run.
“We wanted to jump on them early, and we did,” Jones said.
The Mustangs (4-6 overall, 2-3 dist.) struggled on offense, as the Cards’ secondary played outstanding defense.
Nelson County picked off two passes, leading to two separate scores. Sophomore Justin Moore returned an interception 42 yards, which led the Cards to a 21-0 advantage at the end of the first period.
Moore attempted to tilt the momentum in the second stanza with an interception of its own, but the rally was short-lived as the Cardinal defense again stepped up.
“We played really well on defense,” Egli said. “We did a good job and didn’t give up that big play.”
The Cards went on to score three more times, including defensive back Anton Hamilton snagging the game’s second interception to seal the district shutout win.
Bardstown 48, Shawnee 0
The Tigers (7-2, 4-2 dist.) jumped out early and cruised to a 48-0 road win over Shawnee (3-6 overall, 1-5 dist.) on Friday night to extend their win streak to three in a row.
“It was an exciting win for us, and I was very proud of the guys for coming out and taking care of business early,” Tigers coach David Clark said.
The Tigers returned the opening kickoff 86 yards to set the tone and grab the momentum from the start.
Quarterback Keanu Young scored two early touchdowns and tailback Deion Tonge added two more scores as Bardstown led 41-0 by the end of the first period.
The Tigers’ special teams were also a key factor, by blocking an early Shawnee punt attempt. Bardstown hosts Holy Cross this Friday.
DeSales 76, Thomas Nelson 0
The Generals saw their inaugural season come to a close on Friday evening, as DeSales coasted to a 76-0 victory.
The Generals have faced injury woes all season, losing both starting quarterbacks, and have played with a makeshift offense for the past four games.
“We have had a lot of injuries this season, and we have had to patch some positions,” Thomas Nelson head coach Greg Brohm said. “I thought our guys played hard and didn’t quit.”
DeSales (8-1) is one of the favorites to win Class 2A and had little trouble sailing over an ailing Generals squad.
Thomas Nelson (0-10 overall, 0-5 dist.) can only look to build upon this first ever varsity season.
“I am just so proud of our guys to have the courage to play for a brand new school this season,” Brohm said.