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The News-Enterprise SHEPHERDSVILLE — North Bullitt senior running back Dalton Cissell scored three touchdowns, although none rushing, to lead his fourth-ranked North Bullitt Eagles to a 35-28 win over the visiting LaRue County Hawks on Friday night at C.T. Collins Field in both teams’ Class 4-A, District 4 opener. “Obviously our kids knew North Bullitt was a good football team and all they heard about was Dalton Cissell,” said veteran LaRue County coach Rodney Armes. “He is a great back and there’s no doubt about it, but I think maybe we were a little in awe of him at first.” Cissell left the Hawks with a solid first impression, returning the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. “All week long, we said, ‘There is no way we’re kicking to No. 5 (Cissell).’ Actually we kicked away from him, but he ran all the way over there and caught it,” Armes said. “I knew he was fast, but I don’t think we knew he was that fast. We never put a hand on him. And needless to say, we didn’t kick to him the rest of the night.” LaRue County (3-2 overall, 0-1 district) went three-and-out before punting on its next possession, which allowed Cissell – who had five touchdowns in last season’s win over the Hawks – to get back to work. On third-and-15, Cissell caught a screen pass from senior quarterback Jordon Mayberry, and according to Armes, ran around LaRue County junior Christian Mullins, over senior Caleb Cobb and spun through a tackle by senior Tyler Hornback. “The first two times he touched the football, I think he scored,” Armes said. LaRue County’s next possession ended with an interception and a lengthy return by the Eagles (4-0, 1-0), who went up 22-0 with 6:18 still to play in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by David Elmore and a successful point-after try by C.J. Parker. “At that point, I was thinking, ‘Just how fast can we get out of here?’” Armes said with a laugh. “But to our kids’ credit, they fought back.” LaRue County pulled back within a touchdown thanks to a 28-yard scoring strike from freshman quarterback Jordan Brewer to Hornback in the first quarter and a 5-yard run by sophomore Alex Lee in the second quarter. Cissell had the answer, scoring on a 44-yard pass from Mayberry and Parker’s kick gave the Eagles a 29-14 lead heading into halftime. “I felt like we had crawled back into the game, but we let them have so many big plays,” Armes said. “His kickoff and the two long plays just broke our backs.” The Hawks got the ball first in the second half, but they went three-and-out in their first two possessions. “I felt like if we could have moved the football, we could get back in the ballgame, but we didn’t,” Armes said. Cissell didn’t hurt the Hawks the rest of the game and was limited to 80 yards on 26 carries. Cissell entered the game averaging 134.3 rushing yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry. “Hopefully that shows our defense is making a bit of a turnaround,” Armes said. UP NEXT: LaRue County plays at area rival Central Hardin (1-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. NORTH BULLITT 35 LARUE COUNTY 28 LaRue County 7 7 7 7—28 North Bullitt 22 7 0 6—35 Scoring Summary First Quarter NB: Dalton Cissell 95-yard kickoff return (C.J. Parker kick) NB: Cissell 51-yard pass from Jordon Mayberry (Mayberry run) NB: David Elmore 1-yard run (Parker kick) LC: Tyler Hornback 29-yard pass from Jordan Brewer (Justin Chelf kick) Second Quarter LC: Alex Lee 5-yard run (Chefl kick) NB: Cissell 44-yard pass from Mayberry (Parker kick) Third Quarter NB: Ryan Wafford 20-yard run (Chelf kick) Fourth Quarter NB: Elmore 14-yard run (kick failed) LC: Brewer 8-yard run (Chelf kick) Team Statistics LC NB Yards Rush 168 151 Yards Pass 135 101 Total Yards 303 252 Passing 8-17-2 4-10-0 Fumbles/Lost 0/0 1/0 Penalties/Yds 2/15 3/40 Individual Statistics Rushing: LARUE COUNTY — Ryan Wafford 12-58, Alex Lee 12-40, Jordan Brewer 9-41, Drew Newberry 9-29. Passing: LARUE COUNTY — Jordan Brewer 8-16-1, 135 yards; Lucas Chaudoin 0-1-1, 0 yards. Receiving: LARUE COUNTY — Caleb Cobb 3-20, Alex Lee 2-73, Tyler Hornback 2-39, Drew Newberry 1-3.