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District play opens on road for Rockets

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By Josh Cook

The Shelby County football team is looking to get more defensive as it begins defense of its Class 5A, District 4 title at 7:30 tonight, when the Rockets play at North Bullitt in Shepherdsville.

Shelby County (3-2) is looking to bounce back after a 27-14 loss at Class A Frankfort in which it gave up 347 yards of offense and missed 16 defensive assignments.

“We’ve got to do a better job of tackling this week,” Shelby County Coach Todd Shipley said.

The Rockets also want to get more offensive after totaling only 143 yards, including none through the air, against Frankfort.  

“This week we’re trying to spread it out a little bit more and be a little more diversified with our passing game,” Shipley said.

Shelby County also will try not to hurt itself so often with penalties and negative-yardage plays, which derailed some drives last week.

“Offensively we just can’t put ourselves in bad situations,” Shipley said. “And we’ve just got to be more consistent.”

In years past North Bullitt (2-4, 0-1) primarily has been a running team, but in last week’s 55-26 loss to county- and district-rival Bullitt Central, 220 of the Eagles’ 393 yards came through the air.

“They’ve transitioned to several different offensive looks,” said Shipley, whose team beat North Bullitt, 49-0, last year at Robert Doyle Stadium. “Apparently they’ve had some injuries on the offensive line. They sound similar to us.

“They took number twenty-eight [sophomore Logan James] and put him at quarterback, and they sling it around a little bit and run him too….. Last week they went to a one-back set with four receivers and ran some stuff off it.”

James ran for three touchdowns – “He’s a super runner,” Shipley said – and threw for another TD in the loss to the Cougars, a game in which the Eagles built a 14-0 lead before being outscored, 55-12, the rest of the way. They were plagued by five fumbles.

One of North Bullitt’s victories this season was a 22-17 triumph over Henry County, which Shelby County rallied to beat, 27-20, in its season-opener.