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BUCKNER – The Oldham County Colonels celebrated senior night and homecoming with a 49-22 rout of district foe Grant County Friday.
Senior quarterback Chad Dennis had a big game on the ground, leading the Colonels with 91 yards and two scores with most of his gains coming from behind guards Matt Hogue and Nate Prater and tackle Andrew Avery.
“He (Dennis) did a little bit of running last year, some of it by design,” OCHS coach Matt Brown said. “This last week or so he has started to recognize that there are some lanes opening up and he is tucking the ball and running.”
The Colonels got on the board on their first possession thanks to a one-yard dive from Dy’Lan Underwood.The Colonels scored on their second series as well when Dennis hit Chase Hamby with a 30-yard pass. That drive was set up by a forced fumble off a sack from Underwood that Dalton Armor recovered.
After Grant County cut the lead with a six-yard burst off tackle from Rex Benson, OCHS came right back with a 54-yard scoring run by Kirk Yepko.
OCHS got another score from Dennis on a seven-yard run just before the half ended to lead 28-6.
The Colonel’s defense dominated the first half keyed by linebackers Ichiro Chiba and Joel Cuebas and the aggressive run stuffing by backs Mike Adams and Drew Sowder.
“Overall we held their passing to under 100 yards which is very good because they like to throw it around,” Brown said. “We got some pressure on the quarterback and were able to rush them some. It was a good defensive game. The main thing was we just didn’t want to let them get out of the game fast because they can put some points on the board when they get things going their way.”
OCHS scored on the opening drive of the second half when Dennis scored on a one-yard sneak. OCHS’ next scores came off an 11-yard sweep from Tyler Oldham and an 11-yard run from Hamby.
Grant got a pair of scores late when Joe Soden hit Justin Mertz with a 15-yard pass. The final score came as the JV’s battled with Ty Haar pulling in a scoring pass from Terrell Spray.
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