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SHEPHERDSVILLE -- There is one less unbeaten football team left in Kentucky. Anderson County made sure of that Friday night with a 42-7 rout of host Bullitt Central. The Bearcats remained unbeaten themselves in their most impressive performance of the season.
The teams swapped early touchdowns, then it was all Anderson as the Bearcats jumped to leads of 21-7 and 35-7 at the first two quarter breaks.
Ben Walker's return of the opening kickoff put the Bearcats in business at their own 46. Five plays later, Jacob Russell scored from seven yards out.
Russell ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another as the Mr. Football candidate overcame mud and slop on the field and intermittent rain that was heavy at times to complete nine of 15 passes for 205 yards to pass the 6,000 yard career milestone. Russell, the state's leading passer in Class 5A, now has 6,076 yards and has thrown 60 touchdown passes in his career.
Walker led Anderson rushers with 90 yards on the ground.
Another huge stat was the Bearcats' corralling Bullitt Central runner Jeremaie Bennett, who came into the contest averaging 145 yards a game, second in class 5A. Bennett could only muster 53 yards through the slop.
Overall, Anderson amassed 440 yards to 193 for Bullitt Central. The Anderson defense was so dominant that it gave up just nine yards in the third quarter.
“We were ready to go,” said Anderson coach Mark Peach, who was less than thrilled with his team's performance against Jefferstontown. “We challenged them all week and they responded well. We challenged the kids all week. We told them, 'We have got to do a better job of paying attention to the little things.'”
The Bearcats return to action on Friday , Oct. 16, when they host South Oldham. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
For a complete report of the Bearcats' win over Bullitt Central and a look ahead at South Oldham, see the Oct. 14 edition of The Anderson News.