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It's a passing fancy

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By Mickey Patterson

CRESTWOOD – There’s a lot of new around the South Oldham and Oldham County football programs this year and both coaching staffs are doing everything they can to improve the passing attack over the summer.Both SOHS and OCHS were part of an eight-team seven-on-seven passing jamboree Monday at SOHS.Also competing were Eastern, Spencer County, Kentucky Country Day, Fern Creek, Franklin County and Waggener.“The most important thing for us to just get the kids as many reps together as we possibly can,” SOHS coach Clay Holbrook said. “We just need the kids to mesh and get to know each other."SOHS must replace Drew Simpson, a two-year starter at quarterback and leading receiver Nate McDevitt from last year’s team.Senior Peyton Meek is the leading candidate to replace Simpson. Holbrook is high on his multi-faceted receiving corps that includes R.J. Grazuil, Cody Malone, Kyle Dunn and Corey Goodlett and Brandon Kollenberg out of the backfield.“With those guys we really think we have more weapons than we have had in the past,” Holbrook said. “Because of that, we are having to make a third progression read to find the open man where before we usually on went to two progressions. These seven-on-seven games help with the timing and the feel of each other.”Holbrook has kept the Dragons on a busy schedule this summer by hosting six jamborees and going to tourneys at Male with a trip to the University of Kentucky’s jamboree on tap next week.“It’s been a pretty good summer so far,” Holbrook said. “I am pleased with the progress before we can really get going when practice starts in July.”OCHS has taken a different tack under Brown and and entire new staff.The tourney at SOHS Tuesday was the first the Colonels have participated in this year.Brown and his staff have the luxury of a returning starter in quarterback Chad Dennis along with top receivers Chase Hamby, Austin Middaugh and backs Joel Cuebas, Dy’Lan Underwood and Tyler Oldham. Also, Adam Lange has been switched from the interior line to tightend and has been a pleasant surprise.“From an athletic standpoint we are really pleased with where we are right now,” Brown said. “We have spent the majority of our time putting in our passing scheme and our offensive sets for passing and also our defensive coverage.”The Colonels displayed a sharp short passing game Tuesday with Dennis, a senior, who threw of more than 1,500 yards last season.The short game showcased the sure hands of backs Cuebas, Oldham and Underwood, a game-breaker, who is healthy after suffering through a knee injury last year.The Colonels will participate in tourneys at Kentucky Country Day and Henry County before practice starts July 14.“It’s been a pretty smooth transistion,” Brown said. “We’re happy with where we are now.”

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