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CAL, North meet again Friday

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Football Previews

By Brad Stephens

North Oldham will renew its oldest football rivalry Friday in Goshen when it takes the field against Christian Academy-Louisville.

The Mustangs kicked off the program’s inaugural game in 2003 against the Centurions. The schools have met every year since 2007, with CAL leading the all-time series 4-3, but North winning each of the last two meetings.

“Our guys know it’s going to be a good, solid test, year in and year out,” Mustangs coach Billy Martin said. “They’re close, they’re well-coached and it’s a game that makes you better for down the road, no matter what the outcome.”

North (1-1) is coming off an emotional 31-28 win over rival Oldham County last Friday in Buckner. In that game junior running back Arien Beasley broke out for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and also scored on a 72-yard punt return. Meanwhile the Mustang defense picked off Oldham starting quarterback James Harding three times.

But CAL, which features senior receiver Chad Lewellyn, will test that secondary Friday. The 6-foot-4 Lewellyn has received a scholarship offer from Navy, according to Rivals.com. He’s also received interest from Cincinnati, Louisville and Indiana, among others.

“(Lewellyn’s) fast, athletic, tall and anytime you get that it’s a pain,” Martin said. “You might have a guy fast enough, but he might not be tall enough. So, it creates matchup issues.”

CAL (2-0) is coming off wins in its first two games over Lexington Christian and Eastern.

Mike Montgomery and Scott Jaggers will broadcast the game live at 7 p.m. Friday at www.pegasussportsky.com.