Yellow Jackets Sting Chargers 47-14

The Louisville Central High School Yellow Jackets used a strong defensive effort to shut down the Bullitt East Chargers in the second half which allowing the offense to take over. The Yellow Jackets won 47-14.

Louisville Central High School Stadium was the setting for the AAA second round matchup between the Central High School Yellow Jackets and the Bullitt East High Chargers. The small crowd was bundled up in blankets and big coats as cold winds whipped through the stadium.

In the first half, neither teams' offense was much warmer than the dismal conditions as host Central tallied only 104 yards, while Bullitt East compiled only 97, respectively. The first half was a mirror image as Bullitt East racked up 92 rushing yards while Central managed only three. Central's passing attack kept the game close in the first half with 101 yards through the air and helped the Yellow Jackets to a 7-7 halftime score.

The second half began and apparently two new teams took the field. Bullitt East took the second half kickoff and Senior Running Back Michael Payne scored the first points of the second frame taking the Chargers to a 14-7 lead. That lead would not last long when less than a minute later Central Quarterback Xavier Braxton would roll out to his right and find a hole in the Charger defense and race into the endzone from 56 yards out.

From that point on it was all Central. The offense finished the game with 377 yards and Braxton threw for two more touchdowns to wide receivers Ken Duvall and Anthony Burnes. Burnes had two touchdowns on the night including Central's only score in the first half. Central Running Back Derico Neal took advantage of Bullitt East's spread defense and pounded the ball home breaking tackles and moving the chains. Neal's 55 yard touchdown run took all the Charge out of Bullitt East. The Yellow Jacket defense, behind highly-touted Senior Defensive End James McKinney and his eight tackles, took over and ended the Chargers' playoff run 47-14. Game Notes:

Central Junior Defensive Tackle Corey Peters tallied 3 tackles, 1 sack, forced fumble.

Central Senior Running Back Jeremy Jones, the younger brother of Louisville Defensive End Marcus Jones, rushed for the final touchdown.

Centrals' Tim Hughley picked up a Charger fumble and ran it back 22 yards for a touchdown in the second half.

The Defense for Central forced six fumbles on the night.

Bullitt East tallied 116 return yards.


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