Colonels win a crazy one

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By Mickey Patterson

DRY RIDGE – It’s not often a team can gain more than 500 yards in total offense, get whistled for 22 penalties and top it off with a win, but the Oldham County Colonels did it Friday.The Colonels picked up a big district road win in a 55-42 shootout with Grant County. “It was a crazy one for sure,” OCHS coach Lonnie Oldham said. “They got a score off a kickoff return and set up another score with a long return to the six. We had to come back from 14 points down twice and that was all in the first half.”Added to all the offensive fireworks were 22 penalties on the Colonels for 156 yards.“That was one of the craziest things I have ever seen as a player or a coach,” Oldham said.Grant County opened the scoring with a one-yard dive from Jeff Benson. The Colonels answered immediately when quarterback Chad Dennis hit Jaque Vinson with a 67-yard scoring pass. Grant County, however, pushed out to the first 14-point lead on the next two possessions, starting with a nine-yard scoring pass from Joe Soden to Ryan MacAdams. The Braves followed that with the same combination, hooking up on a 44-yard touchdown pass for the 21-7 lead.The Colonels got right back in it when Joel Cuebas took a flare pass from Dennis and turned it into a 54-yard scoring play.OCHS held on the next possession and Dennis and the Colonels tied the game with a 10-yard scoring strike to Austin Middaugh.Dennis completed 16 of 34 passes for 362 yards and five touchdowns. The 362 yards in the air combined with 141 on the ground gave OCHS 503 total yards. “He threw the ball about as well as he could,” Oldham said. “We had some big plays out of our passing game that helped us a lot.”The Braves got right back out to a 14-point lead again when Dillon Pelfrey returned the ensuing kickoff 87-yards for a touchdown.The Colonels gave the Braves another chance when they fumbled away the next kickoff leading to a Soden to Ethan Conley seven-yard touchdown pass for a 35-21 lead with just over five minutes left in the half.The Colonels answered the first time through the air when Dennis found Chase Hamby with a 14-yard scoring pass. Just before the half ended, Dennis was able to score in a one-yard quarterback sneak to tie the game at 35.“I thought we showed a lot of character coming back from being behind by 14 points twice,” Oldham said.The Colonels controlled the second half outscoring the Braves 20-7.They did it more often than not with an unusual lineup having to replace all four starters in the defensive backfield at one point and finishing the game with a pair of freshmen running backs.“It’s was pretty much if you were dressed you were gonna play for us Friday night,” Oldham said. “We looked like a M.A.S.H unit onb the sideline late in the game. I think we maybe wore them down a little bit, it was hot and humid and we just had a little more left at the end.”The Colonels got a score in the third period when Dennis hit Hamby with a 31-yard touchdown pass.Kirk Yepko put the next two scores on the board in the fourth quarter on a a two-yard dive and a one-yard shot up the middle.Grant’s final score came from Conley on a six-yard pass from Sodel.The Colonels host Franklkin County at 7:30 p.m. Friday in their homecoming.

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