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Football teams looking to bounce back

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By Brad Stephens

 

All three county teams will be looking to restart some momentum when they resume action this Friday.

North Oldham, Oldham County and South Oldham all stand 1-2 on the year after losses last Friday to Christian Academy-Louisville, Franklin County and Anderson County, respectively.

However at least one of the three is guaranteed to win this week, as Oldham and South get together at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Crestwood. Meanwhile North will host Lexington Christian at 7:30 Friday night in Goshen.

Oldham County at South Oldham

 

Preventing big plays will be a key for both Oldham and South this week, as both allowed several big plays in their last losses.

Oldham allowed Franklin to score on touchdowns of 89, 67, 47 and 92 yards in a 56-17 loss to the Flyers.

Colonel quarterback Ryan Grattan went 18-of-34 for 240 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Grattan spread the wealth, hitting 12 different receivers. Zach Ball had two receptions for 69 yards and Grattan’s lone touchdown.

But the rushing game struggled, producing just 69 yards on 29 attempts, while the defense allowed 652 total yards.

As for South, wide receiver Davis Culbertson had a big day against Anderson, catching seven passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

But the Dragons gave up a 48-yard interception return touchdown, a 42-yard passing TD and a 93-yard run for a score in a 35-20 loss to the Bearcats in Lawrenceburg.

“I told our kids I think you’re going to see there were 65 plays where we played pretty good, and I think you’re going to see seven plays that hurt us,” South coach Jamie Reed said Friday. “When we play good teams, which we do the rest of the way, we’ve got to find ways to fix those seven.”

The Dragons have beaten the Colonels each of the last two years, including a 42-18 win last year in Buckner. South amassed 554 yards of total offense that day.

Lexington Christian at North Oldham

 

North will be looking to score its first points in two weeks Friday when it welcomes LCA to Mustang Stadium.

CAL shut the Mustangs out 19-0 last Friday in Goshen. That marked North’s first time being shut out since a 12-0 loss to Henry County in October of 2006.

One week after running all over Oldham in a 31-28 win, the Mustang backs were held to just 117 yards on the ground. The Centurions stopped North’s running game by pushing the Mustangs’ jet sweep runs to the sidelines and bottling up the middle by not falling for North’s double-handoff fakes.

The Mustangs also turned the ball over three times and twice more on downs. Most of those drive-killers came in CAL territory.

Friday will mark the first meeting between North and LCA. The Eagles are 1-2 this season, with a win over Estill County and losses to CAL and Lincoln County.

Mike Mongomery contributed to this story.