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Fern Creek 27 Butler 7

Pete W

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The game started off a defensive battle, each team went 3 and out, then Fern Creek drives down to the Butler 25 and Shamar Bryant is intercepted by Desmond Miller who returns it to Butler 39. Blake Showalter leads the Bears downfield to the Fern Creek 22 when Kyree Hawkins forces a fumble and Matthew Quiggens recovers. Fern Creek's drive halted at midfield on. Fumble by Devon Blincoe.

Then Andre Anglin intercepts Showalter and returns it to the Butler 24. 6 plays later Kyree Hawkins scores on. 5 y run, Jaden Washington kick and Fern Creek leads 7-0.

Butler's next drive ends when Matthew Quiggens intercepts Showalter, but Fern creek goes 4 and out turning ball over on downs at Butler 27.

Butler puts together a nice drive capped by a 48 y Showalter to Frank Caldwell TD, Caldwell also kicked the PAT, game is tied 7-7.

Travon White returns the kickoff to midfield and Kyree Hawkins scores on a 42 pass from Bryant. Washington kick, and Fern Creek leads at half 14-7.


Butler goes 3 & out to start the second half. Fern Creek takes over on their own 21 and marches to another score with a heavy dose of Devon Blincoe rushes (6,18,14,4) the Bryant connects with Quartus Hearn for a 37 yard TD, kick failed, Fern Creek 20 Butler 7.


After another 3 & out by the Bears the Tiger take over on Butlers 42. Bryant throws his 3rd TD this time to Damon Durrah for a 30 y catch. Washington kicks and Fern Creek leads 27-7.


Butler's next drive ends on Showalters 3rd interception this time by Osman Sall.

Fern Creek plays mostly backups the entire 4th quarter and the game ends 27-7.


Devon Blincoe has 17 carries for 103 yards.

Kyree Hawkins 7 carries 40 y, 1 TD, 2 rec for 50 y and 1 TD, and 7 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

Shamar Bryant completes 4 of 11 passes with 1 interception, 117 passing yards 3 TD's and 10 carries for 43 yards.

Dylan Dunbar had 7 tackles and 2 pass break ups

Andre Girton 7 tackles

Fern Creek defense had 11 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery.

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Manual has very good linemen, their are both big and good on both sides of the ball. They dominated us in the trenches and we were unable to run our offense or stop them consistently on defense. We have smaller lines, with a big guy here or there but most of our guys are a little undersized compared to the competition and it has caused issues for us when the opponent is both big and good, notably this year vs Manual, last year vs Bowling Green and also vs Fairdale. Last year Fairdale had a really good OL and they were pretty big too. We struggled against them then broke it open late.


One thing that is helping us is QB Shamar Bryant. Shamar is playing well, spreading the ball around, making good decisions, good throws, and also running the ball well.

We are still only throwing 10-15 passes per game but he is completing around 50%, for over 100 y per game with 2-3 TD per game, and adding 40-50 y rushing each game. Having Kinslow may have hampered Shamar's development the last 2 years because he didn't have to check down, just toss up to Kinslow and he would go get it. Kinslow was big and strong, with a great ability to both get open and adjust to the ball in the air, and use his strength and body to hold off defenders. Shamar looked good in 7 on 7's this year and except for the Manual game when he had no time to throw he is doing well.

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Great Summary Pete!

I think the Desales game will be another good battle, but think think Fern Creek is the clear favorite the rest of the way.

I have trouble figuring out the "cross-bracketing" chart and am not sure if BG and Fern Creek were to keep advancing where exactly the might meet. I believe it would be the State Championship game.

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