Ballard High School quarterback Kyle Wolfe (9) throws under pressure from Eastern High School’s defense during first half of play at Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky. September 25, 2015
Ballard rushed for 399 yards as the Bruins steamrolled visiting Eastern 48-25 on Friday. It was the Bruins’ third straight win in the series, which has been played every year since 1970.
“Our kids did a good job of taking advantage of some opportunities,” said Ballard head coach Mike Jackson. “We can still play better. There were some points we left on the field.”
They put a lot of them on the scoreboard, starting with David Daniels’ 44-yard touchdown run just 2:31 into the game. It came after an Eastern fumble, which would be a recurring theme for the night, as both teams played sloppy football in the poor conditions. When Eastern tried to punt on its next possession, they snapped the ball over the punter’s head. Ballard recovered at the Eagles’ 9-yard line, and Daniels scored again on the next play. Kyle Wolfe ran it in for the 2-point conversion to make it 14-0 Ballard with 7:43 left in the first quarter.
Eastern then showed it can take a punch. The Eagles rebounded impressively, as J.D. Berger hit Tyler Fox with a 6-yard pass that cut the deficit to one (the kick attempt failed).
Eastern High School’s Rashawantr Johnson (5) fights to break free from Ballard High School’s Walter Chambers (43) during first half of play at Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky. September 25, 2015
Ballard asserted its dominance from that point on, however. Daniels scored a third touchdown (from 5 yards), and Terrance May ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 22-13 with 1:49 still remaining in the opening quarter.
The teams took a break from scoring for more than eight minutes before Ballard added to its lead with a 2-yard run by Walter Chambers. Then, 23 seconds later, C.J. Austin intercepted a tipped pass at his own 45 and proceeded to weave his way to a 55-yard touchdown return. It was 36-13 at halftime.