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Campbellsburg squad 10-0 after 21-12 victory over New Castle in the HCYFL championship game

By Tommie Kendall

Capping off a perfect season, the Campbellsburg Bengals defeated the New Castle Chiefs 21-12 on Sunday in the finals of the Henry County Youth Football League varsity division.

The fifth- and sixth-grade players from Campbellsburg were 8-0 during the regular season, then defeated the Pleasureville Colts on Saturday and the Chiefs on Sunday for a perfect 10-0 mark that left them with the regular season and postseason titles. Thanks to a run-heavy offense and brick-wall defense, the Bengals dominated the HCYFL during 2009. They set their sights on going perfect at the beginning of the season, and accomplished that on Eminence’s field with the 9-point victory over the Chiefs.

“With the group of kids we have, that was our goal from the start. We first wanted to go 8-0 in the regular season, then win our two games in the tournament,” Campbellsburg coach Tony Boyer said. “It was a complete team effort from our players. I was excited for the way they came together.”

The Bengals were perfect in 2007, then went 1-7 and lost in the opening round of the playoffs in 2008. They turned it around this year with a squad full of leaders, Boyer said.

“The difference this year was we had so many kids step up and become leaders,” said Boyer, who has been the head coach the last two seasons. “We all played as one team and were so unselfish. This was just a great team and I’m so proud of all of our kids.”

Bodie Clark finished with 170 yards rushing off 32 carries and had all three Campbellsburg touchdowns and 1-point conversion runs. The full back scored on 10-yard, 3-yard and 4-yard runs, while also helping the defense limit New Castle to two touchdowns.

Clark was named the Defensive MVP of the varsity division, while New Castle’s  Ethan Tuggle was named the Offensive MVP.

Sunday’s matchup in the finals was Campbellsburg’s run-heavy team versus the more pass-happy squad from New Castle. The Bengals, who have kept the ball on the ground all season, came away on top. Clark, along with running backs Seth Allgeier and Tyler Robbins, got plenty of blocking from linemen Clifton Grismore, Timothy Haad, Patrick Cravens, Ethan McClesky and Noah Foree, and tight ends Joseph Fischer and Corey Williamson.

The Bengals finished with 282 yards rushing, led by Clark and quarterback Cameron Johnson with 12 carries for 83 yards. Boyer said he was especially pleased with Johnson during the championship game. The quarterback tried to draw New Castle offsides all game and ended up calling most of Campbellsburg’s plays at the line of scrimmage.

“He was our offensive leader who made sure everyone knew what they were supposed to do,” Boyer said. “He called a lot of his own plays and it worked out great.”

Defensively, Grismore and Ryan Abney had seven tackles each, and Abney added a sack. Hagg and Johnson had five tackles each. Boyer wanted to reiterate that it was a complete team effort. That was the reason the Bengals were able to beat the Colts and the Chiefs in the playoffs and end the 2009 campaign at a perfect 10-0.

“I really enjoyed coaching the kids as all my coaches did this year,” said Boyer, who was helped by assistants  Pat Williamson, Jeremy Clark, Jason Stanley and Mark Johnson. “They were a group that was extremely hard working and would do anything we asked of them.”

Before the finals of the varsity division, the Trimble County Raiders defeated the Bengals in the junior varsity division to win the title.

Campbellsburg 34, Pleasurevulle 0: The Campbellsburg Bengals opened the playoffs with a 34-0 win over the Pleasureville Colts on Saturday to advance to the finals.

After a scoreless first quarter, Cameron Johnson scored on  10-yard run and reached the end zone on the 1-point conversion to put the Bengals ahead 7-0. On the next drive, Tyler Robbins picked up a fumble to give the ball back to the Bengals and, five plays later, Bodie Clark scored on a 2-yard touchdown carry. After the Bengals got the ball back again, Clark went around the tight end to score on a 45-yard play. Tyler Gatstrost ran in the 1-point conversion. It was 20-0 Campbellsburg at the half.

Clark scored during the third quarter on a 23-yard run, and Johnson completed the 2-point conversion pass to Ethan Redmon. Michael Mathena recovered a Pleasureville fumble, and Travis Doll scored the last Campbellsburg touchdown on a 53-yard scamper around the left side.

Defensively, the Bengals were led by Ryan Abney with seven tackles and one sack. Gatrost had five tackles and one sack, while Clark, Mathena, Ethan McClesky and Clifton Grismore had one sack each, and Mathena, Robbbins and Noah Foree had one fumble recovery each.

Campbellsburg 29, Eminence 6: The Campbellsburg Bengals defeated the Eminence Redskins 29-6 in the opening round of the HCYFL JV division to advance to the finals.

The Bengals were led by Brandon Tindle with 176 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Landon Morgan added 27 yards rushing, a touchdown, two extra points and a pass to Chance Morris for a 2-point conversion. Trey Purvis finished with 19 yards, one touchdown and an extra point. Tyler Boyer added 38 yards rushing.

Defensively, Morgan had a team-high seven tackles, and Clayton Sutherland had five tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery. Tindle, Morris, Justin Edens and PJ Steffen had four tackles each.

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