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GEORGETOWN – After getting thumped soundly in their two previous games against ranked 6A teams the Oldham County Colonels showed just how far they have come with a 24-17 upset of Scott County Friday.
The Cardinals, ranked No. 6, beat OCHS 48-14 last season under former OCHS head coach Jim McKee.
“It was a pretty solid game for us,” OCHS coach Matt Brown said. “It was especially nice to go on the road and beat a very good opponent.”
Fresh off a bye week, the Colonels, 3-2, were well rested and well prepared for Scott County as they jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half.
OCHS got up 3-0 on a 23-yard field goal from Tim Schain before the Colonels’ passing combo of senior quarterback Chad Dennis and junior Chase Hamby kicked into gear.
Dennis, who threw for 191 yards in the game, was able to connect with Hamby on touchdown passes of 33- and 13-yards to stake the Colonels to the early lead.
Scott County managed to get on the board against a stingy OCHS defense when Mick Cronin hit Josh Walls on a hook and ladder play for a long score.
“With about two minutes left in the half they scored on that hook and ladder,” Brown said. “In one respect, it was good to see they had to score on a hook and ladder, a trick play. We played pretty well defensively. It was a really nice team effort in this one.”
Scott would come back to tie the game in the final quarter thanks to another Cronin to Walls touchdown pass and a field goal from Jay Willmott.
OCHS started their game-winning drive right after Willmott’s kick.
Starting from their own 20, the Colonels drove to the Scott County 20 in seven plays where sophomore flanker Tyler Oldham scored with just under five minutes to play to give the Colonels the lead for good.
“The kids were ecstatic after the game,” Brown said. “I think this game pretty much solidifies things for us and where we are as a team right now. We were able to beat a perennial power that is usually ranked in the top 10 and goes four or five rounds in the playoffs every year and beat them at their place.
“It was a good victory for us. I think the kids are figuring we can pretty much play with anyone we want to when they get their heads screwed on their shoulders and play to their potential without making mistakes.”
OCHS returns home at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a district game with Grant County.
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