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At times Saturday it looked like Bullitt East High School (2-5), despite losing double-digit seniors to graduation, still had the Knights' number.
The game went down to the last second as a pass from senior Matt Bowles went over two Marion County backs and through the hands of junior Jordan Smith in the end zone as time expired.
Marion County High School (5-2) slipped by despite a nasty start and trailing in the fourth quarter.
The Knights racked up 60 yards of penalties in the first half and both sidelines were crying foul at the officiating.
"I think that's why we couldn't get anything going offensively. Every time we did something good it was called back," Knights Head Coach Jeff Robbins said.
Senior Jacob Tabor made his return after a four game hiatus. Robbins previously said Tabor had no prospect of returning whatsoever.
"That was a team decision. I'm talking about the coaching staff, players, everybody. It was just a consensus of everyone in our program to give him another shot," Robbins said.
Tabor played like a man making up for lost time, dragging down Bowles for three sacks. Two of those sacks came on the second to last drive of the game for Bullitt East. Two sacks by Tabor and a Wes Stayton sack stretched the Chargers out to fourth and 38, forcing a punt.
"He played well. You could tell he's a kid that's hungry. Any kids that misses a month is going to be that way. He's been through the thick and the thin with this senior class and they wanted him back," Robbins said.
The Knights gained over 300 yards from the ground for the fifth game in a row. Senior Bryson Bell led the way once again with 149 yards, a touchdown and an interception on defense. Bell has 471 yards rushing in the last three games.
The Knights face a dangerous LaRue County High School (5-2) team on the road on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
LaRue smashed North Bullitt 42-6 in district play last week. Robbins said LaRue runs a Wishbone and Wing T offense and a 53 defense.
At quarterback the Hawks feature sophomore Jordan Brewer, son of former University of Louisville basketball player James "Boo" Brewer.
They also feature a stable of running backs in junior Alex Lee, senior Ryan Wafford and sophomore Drew Newberry.
"All three of those running backs are nice football players. They've got a lot of size up front. They're a solid football team, a very solid football team. Some people would say they are the surprise of this district," Robbins said.