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Colonels welcome SOHS to Buckner for rivalry game

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By Greg Waddell

After a week with all three local teams on the road, football action returns to Oldham County this Friday with plenty of excitement in tow. Rivals Oldham County and South Oldham get things started at 7:30 p.m. Friday, as the Dragons travel to Bell Field looking to extend their winning streak to a pair of games after defeating North Bullitt 26-6 over the weekend.

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Oldham County, on the other hand, is struggling to regain their footing. 

After picking up a big 55-0 win over Atherton in the opening week, the Colonels struggled in a 16-10 loss to North Oldham in week two and a 28-14 loss to Collins Aug. 31.

One key factor for the Dragons will be the reemergence of senior quarterback Jack Sherry, who returned from a two-game suspension in style against the Eagles, connecting on 9-of-21 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown and rushing for another 34 yards and a touchdown.

South coach Jamie Reed said his team is totally different with Sherry on the field.

“I tell you what, Jack is a dang field general,” Reed said. “He’s a big kid so people don’t think he’ll be able to run the option and stuff like that but I tell you, what’s critical with Jack Sherry is his decision making. He makes great decisions with the football and that’s a quality you can’t replicate. To me, sometimes that’s better than foot speed and is better than arm strength.”

TiCorian Williams will also be key on the ground after piling up 210 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

For the Colonels, they’ll turn to the talented duo of senior running backs Jacob Taylor and Chris Caudill once again. Caudill had a game to remember against Collins over the weekend, racking up 223 yards of total offense (111 rushing and 112 receiving) with a rushing touchdown.

Though Brett Strnad had a big game statistically, throwing for 181 yards on 14-of-27 passing, he struggled to take care of the ball once again, tossing for three interceptions against the Titans.

Oldham County coach Matt Brown could not be reached for comment.

North Oldham guards
an undefeated record 

While South and OC take to the field in a rivalry game that promises to be close, the Mustangs’ game against Elizabethtown could get out of hand quickly.

Though North has been on a tear to start the season, climbing to 3-0, the Panthers have been everything but. After knocking out Fort Knox 23-15 in their opener, E-town has struggled in their last two games, surrendering 114 points in back-to-back losses.

More than just wins though, what has really stood out to North coach Billy Martin is how his team has won.

“Our defense is really carrying us right now and our special teams, too,” Martin said. “We have to do a better job offensively. This isn’t your typical North Oldham offensive output. When we get our offense clicking, I feel pretty good. The great thing about (Friday) was we just found a way to win. 

“We showed a lot of willpower at the end. Those kind of games will carry through in a tougher game down the road.”

Josh Williams is a player to watch for the Panthers after recording 301 yards and a touchdown in the team’s first two games. 

Behind him, E-town lacks any real danger as the next four rushers have combined for just 103 yards and a pair of scores.

For the Mustangs, Josh Smith had another big game Friday night, rushing for 103 yards and a pair of scores as the team survived a 17-14 double overtime thriller against Christian Academy of Louisville. That brings his season total to nearly rushing 450 yards and 5 touchdowns.

 

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