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April 5, 2011
Bardstown High School

Nelson County scored on each of its first four possessions Friday and the Cardinal offensive and defensive line dominated younger Bardstown to win the third straight contest in the annual rivalry, 35-7.

“They’re a very, very good football team,” Tiger coach David Clark said. “You can tell they play 26 seniors.”

Nelson County’s offense provided the most heat scoring after only one minute and one second into the contest after a 50-yard kickoff return from Trey White gave the Cardinals choice field position. Three runs later, the Cards were on the scoreboard with the first of Blake Martin’s three touchdowns in the game.

Cardinal quarterback Daniel Mudd struck for a short scoring pass to John Harrison, who made an over-the-shoulder grab with 4:29 to go in the first, and Quentin Brooks’ electrifying 48-yard run saw the senior weaving in and out of traffic as the first quarter expired, making it 21-0.

Martin got his second touchdown of the game less than four minutes later, this time from 13 yards out, and Nelson County was able to go on cruise control from there, with Mudd’s booming kickoffs all resulting in touchbacks, taking a key special teams component out of the equation for Bardstown. Mudd only left the field for one play.

“The kicking leg gets a bit weak at the end, but with all the excitement and adrenaline going through you, you don’t even have time to think about being tired,” he said.

Nelson County proved to be land lovers as the rare pass only produced 20 yards in the first half while grinding out more than 250 yards on the ground. Primary carries came from Brooks with 113 yards and Martin with 70.

The third quarter was Bardstown’s finest as they used 7 minutes of the clock on their first possession working their way down the field culminating in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Brewer to Blake Warren.

Brewer was Bardstown’s lone shining star, passing for more than 125 yards despite heavy pressure from the Cardinal front line. The Tigers were unable to muster much ground carrying the ball with most of their running progress also coming from Brewer, who ran for 50.

The Tigers also held together on defense during this quarter keeping the Cards from the end zone as well. The fourth quarter belonged entirely to Nelson County as Martin scored with a 20-yard run with 8:05 left in the game and after a Bardstown fumble on Nelson County’s 18 yard line with 6:34 left in the contest, Nelson County was able to run out the clock for the final score.

Brooks also played on both ends of the field, saying “our conditioning makes a difference, keeping us strong till the end.”

Cards’ coach Jamie Egli said his biggest satisfaction was for the seniors who have won each time in this rivalry game and challenged the underclassmen to follow their lead.

Nelson County ups its record to 2-0 and will play host to Spencer County next week. Bardstown goes for its first win as the Tigers travel across town to Lally Field to take on Bethlehem.

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