SPORTS BUZZ for Oct. 10: Friday's win showed a lot of what is to like about Anderson football

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Victory over Bullitt Central one of most dominating in recent memory

By John Herndon

I don't know when I have seen a more dominating performance by an Anderson County football team over a good opponent than I did Friday night at Bullitt Central.

This was one that was supposed to be close. It was touted by some writers as one of the top games in the state. Two unbeaten 5A teams, both with aspirations of making noise in the post-season.

For all practical purposes, this one was over less than 10 minutes in. That's when Anderson answered one of its rare turnovers – a fumble just inside its own five-yard line – that led to Bullitt Central's only score of the night. It took the Bearcats three plays and 26 seconds to go 80 yards and move ahead 14-7.

But from that point on, Anderson was the confident team, Bullitt Central was vastly different than the team that hat handed the Bearcats a 39-33 loss on Anderson's homecoming last year.

How good are these Bearcats? I am not sure you can put a definitive answer on that. They have answered every time they have been challenged this year.

We saw it early when Dustin Combs returned a kickoff for six points against a Meade County team that is much better than its record in the second game of the year. That play put things out of reach. We saw it when the Bearcats demolished a very good Henry County (5-2). We saw it when they answered the challenge that upstart Jeffersontown put before them.

Then last night, it was obvious from the outset that the Bearcats were going to turn what many thought would be a close game into a rout.

Anderson has a major college talent in Jacob Russell, who could very well be the best prospect in the state this year. Of course, I am biased.

But the Bearcats are more than Russell. Grant Cox and Neal Wells continue to make acrobatic catches. Ben Walker and Dustin Combs give the Bearcats a fine tandem at running back. Friday, I was extremely impressed by the work of the offensive line, that even without three-year starter Josh Peach, absolutely dominated a big Bullitt Central front.

Peach is recovering from mononucleosis. He was on the sidelines in street clothes at Bullitt Central and should be back soon.

Defensively, Anderson has been very good. Friday, the Bearcats shut down one of Kentucky's best running backs.

But the thing I like most about this Anderson team is its swagger, confidence or whatever you want to call it. The Bearcats expect to win every time out. They know Russell is the big name that has people looking at Anderson County. But every week some other reliables and someone new steps up to the plate for another big game.

Who can't like that?

**Wonder when Anderson will get really good weather on Friday nights? Or a better question might be, if the Bearcats really care?

**Anderson should be an almost prohibitive favorite over South Oldham next week, so it could be easy to be looking ahead to Oldham County and the showdown for the district championship the following Friday. For some reason, I just don't see that as being a big problem with these Bearcats.

**In the first 58 years of Anderson County football, the Bearcats had one perfect season (1986). With three more wins – the Cats will be heavily favored in two of their remaining games – Anderson will have two in three years.

E-mail John Herndon at jpherndon@theandersonnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ANewsJPHerndon.