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GOSHEN – North Oldham has had a couple of weeks to prepare for its most important regular season game of the year.
The Class 4A No. 8 Mustangs (6-2, 3-0 4A, District 3) blitzed overmatched Atherton 56-7 on Oct. 17 and now head to Collins Friday for a matchup against the No. 6 Titans (6-2, 3-0).
The winner Friday in Shelbyville guarantees itself home games for at least the first two playoff rounds, while the loser will likely have a tougher first round matchup and a second round road game.
“All-around (Collins) is just a solid team,” North running back/linebacker Nick Thome said. “Mainly I think we need to play an all-around game like we did with OC and South where we just turned it up all the way and we were ready to go.”
The game comes on the right week for Coach Billy Martin’s Mustangs. North’s blowout of the Rebels came on a rare Thursday night game, giving the Mustangs an extra day of rest.
The lopsided score also meant Martin was able to pull his key players out of the game pretty early.
On top of all that, the Oldham County Public Schools fall break has allowed Mustang players to focus solely on the Collins game.
The schedule “worked out kind of good,” Martin said.
And the fact North was playing winless Atherton allowed the Mustangs to spend some extra time last week preparing for the Titans, linebacker/quarterback Keenan Dowd said.
“We’re kind of getting two weeks of Collins and we’re hopefully killing two birds with one stone,” Dowd said.
Collins boasts some dangerous athletes, especially DeAndre Farris. The Western Kentucky commit has 14 combine receiving and rushing touchdowns this season.
Thome, Arien Beasley, Chris Webb and Adam Osborn all ran for touchdowns in the win over Atherton.
Beasley also caught two touchdowns and returned a punt for another.
The Pegasus Sports Network will broadcast Friday’s game.
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