North Bullitt edges Shelby County 14-13

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By Josh Cook

The Shelby County football team lost a heart-breaking district opener Friday night.

The Rockets couldn’t hang on to an early 13-0 as host North Bullitt rallied for a 14-13 victory in Shelby’s first game in Class 5A, District 4 in Shepherdsville.

Patrick Egnor’s two-point conversion pass to Ryan Collins – on the heels of Todd Asbury’s 20-yard touchdown run – with 4:48 to shot down the Rockets’ chances.

Things looked good for Shelby early as senior Zakk Bailey returned a blocked punt 40 yards for a touchdown 3:17 before the end of the first quarter. Two minutes and 21 seconds later Zach Shipley’s 6-yard TD run made it 13-0 Shelby after the extra-point kick was blocked.

The Eagles (6-1, 2-0) began their comeback early in the third quarter when Asbury’s 27-yard touchdown run capped an 8-play, 80-yard drive. Their PAT attempt, however, was blocked to make it 13-6.

Asbury’s second TD run, this one a 20-yarder, made it a 1-point game before Egnor’s pass to Collins.

North Bullitt won the statistical battle. The Eagles amassed 269 yards of total offense (247 rushing, 22 passing), led by Asbury’s 183 rushing yards, but had three turnovers (two lost fumbles and one interception).

Shelby County (1-6, 0-1) didn’t have any turnover, but was held to 114 yards of total offense. Junior fullback Chase Manica rushed four times for 47 yards and also had the Rockets’ only reception, for 5 yards. Shipley rushed 16 times for 25 yards, while Brandon Ford gained 24 yards on seven rushes.