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BUCKNER – The groundwork for this fall’s football season was laid the past couple of weeks with the local teams competing in 7-on-7 passing competitions.
Oldham County and South Oldham’s programs both kept a fairly busy schedule dodging thunderstorms while North Oldham was rained out in its attempts.
Both OCHS and SOHS are working in new quarterbacks while they attempt to replace several key cogs in their respective passing games.
At Oldham County, the Colonels won matches over SOHS and Bullitt East while falling to Male and to Ballard in the last second.
“It was not bad at all, we got a lot of work in which was the whole point,” OCHS coach Matt Brown said. “A lot of kids got a lot of reps which was our goal.”
The Colonels, who return leading receiver Chase Hamby along with Brandon Cook, Tony Brown and Kiley Obradovich from last year’s squad – had a large group of receivers in their regular rotation.
“It was kind of funny in that one day at practice we put them in groups and told them they had to stay with that group,” Brown said. “Once we got playing they all got tired toward the end because they had been used to having so many guys come in and out.”
Brown said he wants that kind of problem as the season nears and the Colonels hope to improve their depth.
Leading the Colonels’ quarterback race to replace departed starter Chad Dennis is senior Joel Hennings.
“It’s still open as to who is the starter, but Joel is the leader right now,” Brown said. “He’s throwing a pretty good ball. He has always had a good arm, it’s just been a matter of getting him settled and comfortable.”
At SOHS, the Dragons are feeling good about the status of junior quarterback Christian Wallace.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Wallace attended a quarterback’s combine in Lexington this summer and was invited to the top 100 competition showing a strong arm to go with his size.
“Christian did really well for us,” SOHS coach Clay Holbrook said. “He has changed his throwing motion a bit and is really throwing the ball well.”
Holbrook said Wallace looks and plays a lot like former SOHS standout Caleb Newton, now a walk-on at the University of Louisville.
Wallace has several returning receivers as well in Jay Gatto, Jake Nichter and R.J. Graziul who played last year.
“Overall we did really well and I was really surprised with our passing game,” Holbrook said. “We were able to solidify a lot of things before we start practice next month.”
At North Oldham, head coach Billy Martin said the Mustangs were going to get some work in next month before the start of preseason practice as they too are looking to replace a graduated quarterback in Chase Maddox and top receiver Andrew Tuller.
“We don’t throw the ball a lot anyway so the 7-on-7 is not a high priority for us,” Martin said. “Honestly, it probably helps our defensive backs and linebackers more than anything else.”
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