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North Oldham vs. Moore
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, first round of 3A playoffs.
Where: North Oldham High School.
Key players: North Oldham’s Andrew Tuller, Matt Alward, Zack Fisher, Zach Lagrange, Chase Maddox and Micah Watson. Moore’s DaQuan Boyd, Makale McKay and Ray Smith.
Outlook: The Mustangs, ranked No. 8 in 3A, will be a big favorite in this first round match.
NOHS will attack Moore’s multiple defensive looks that center around a 5-2 look or the Male High “confusion” look with its balanced running attack led by Andrew Tuller and Matt Alward. Tuller, has rushed for 634 yards on 90 carries and caught 29 passes for 482 yards. With his kick returns, Tuller has more than 1,500 all purpose yards this season. Alward has 647 yards on 97 carries. The Mustangs, who average 324 yards a game rushing behind an offensive lined led by center Zach Lagrange and guard Alex Miller, can also look to Jerrett Link with 376 yards, Jacob Manor with 246 yards and quarterback Chase Maddox with 226 yards. In the air, Maddox has completed 67 of 121 passes for 960 yards and 12 scores.
The NOHS defense, led by Tuller with five interceptions from his cornerback spot along with linebacker Zach Fisher and nose guard Micah Watson will try and stop Moore’s Wing-T attack which is paced by one of Jefferson County’s top freshman in 6-4, 175-pound utility back Makale McKay. Moore also has a threat for quarterback Ray Smith in receiver DaQuan Boyd.
“They’re athletic and big and have some decent skill, they are just young,” NOHS coach Billy Martin said. “We just need to come out and do the things we do well and things will take care of themselves.”
Oldham County vs. Waggener
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, first round 5A playoffs.
Where: Oldham County High School.
Key players: Oldham County’s Ichiro Chiba, Joel Cuebas, Chad Dennis, Chase Hamby, Adam Lange and Dy’Lan Underwood. Waggener’s Lamar Jeter.
Outlook: The Colonels, who reached the regional finals last year, hope to start another long playoff run against the underdog Wildcats.
OCHS, ranked No. 5 in 5A, may have to look to its passing game against Waggener’s “confusion” defense which often stacks eight-men on the line of scrimmage.
Chad Dennis has completed 68 of 155 passes for 2,008 yards and 12 touchdowns this year. Top receivers are Chase Hamby with 27 catches for 466 yards and five scores and Austin Middaugh with 19 catches for 268 yards. Tailback Dy’Lan Underwood has 941 yards on 126 carries with 11 touchdowns.
The OCHS defense will look to stop the Wildcats’ spread look led by back Lamar Jeter with all-state middle linebacker candidate Ichiro Chiba and Adam Lange. Defensive backs Michael Adams and Hamby have also been big performers for the Colonels.
“Waggener is struggling some this year, they are young and have had a lot of injuries along their line,” OCHS coach Matt Brown said. “They are athletic and have some guys that run well so that is a concern we will have to deal with.”
Oldham County vs. Shelby County
Score: 14-9 Oldham County.
Where: Shelby County.
Key players: Oldham County’s Tyler Underwood and Dy’Lan Underwood. Shelby County’s Ty Barnett and Nigel Beech.
Game highlights: The Colonels trailed through the third quarter before rallying for a pair of scores and avoiding the upset.
OCHS trailed 9-0 until Chad Dennis found Tyler Oldham with a 10 yard scoring pass to cut the lead to 9-7. Dy’Lan Underwood gave the Colonels the game-winner with a 36 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Shelby County controlled the clock and the game with their ball control Power-I attack.
Shelby County went up 6-0 in the second quarter on a one yard plunge from Nigel Beech before the Colonels blocked the PAT kick. The Rockets increased the lead to 9-0 in the third quarter on a 24 yard field goal from Corey Nakatani.
North Oldham vs. Kentucky Country Day
Score: 48-7 North Oldham.
Where: North Oldham.
Key players: North Oldham’s Andrew Tuller, Jacob Manor, Matt Alward and Micah Watson.
Game highlights: The Mustangs gained control of this one early rolling out to a 35-0 halftime lead against the Class A Bearcats.
NOHS used its bread-and-butter ground attack to put KCD down. Andrew Tuller got the Mustangs on track with a 47 yard scoring run on the first series. Jacob Manor followed with a 25 yard touchdown run. NOHS padded the lead with 21 second quarter points started by a 16 yard scoring sweep from Matt Alward. Manor came back on the next series scoring on a seven yard pitch. NOHS closed the scoring when Chase Maddox hit Tyler Geers with a six yard scoring pass.
Alward and Luke Nolte both added scoring runs in the second half to add to the rout.