Friday had been marked on Logan James’ calendar since the day North Bullitt’s football schedule was released.
The Eagles running back had been part of a senior class that had lost to Bullitt Central the past three seasons. Last year, the Cougars won 69-28, and the year before it was 55-26.
This year would be different as James provided the spark the Eagles needed in beating the Cougars 47-44. While Darrius Cannon scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:14 to go, it was all James in the first half. He ran for 193 of his 231 yards and four of his five touchdowns in the first 24 minutes, helping North Bullitt jump out to a 26-8 lead with 2:07 left in the first half.
“We really wanted to win this football game,” said James, who entered the game with 364 yards rushing and five scores in four games this season. “We circled this at the beginning of the year and we set our minds that we’re going to win this game.”
He set the tone on the second play from scrimmage with a 39-yard scoring run, but that wasn’t his only big play. His second score, a 63-yard run, came on a fourth-and-7 play, and as the Cougars were mounting their comeback in the second half, he provided a key response with a 41-yard touchdown run with 1:06 to go in the third to extend his team’s lead to 40-30.
“He pretty much said, ‘Just give me the football,” North Bullitt first-year coach Adam Billings said of James’ final score, in which he shed three tacklers before breaking loose in the secondary.
Now, not only has North Bullitt defeated its rival for the first time since 2011, it also has its first five-win season since 2012.
“This is huge to pick up a win against one of the top teams in our district,” James said.