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CRESTWOOD – The last thing anyone expected Chase Hamby to do was throw the ball, including Chase Hamby.
Throw he did, however, as Hamby’s first pass was a 20-yard touchdown strike to Kiley Obradovich on the first possession of the game.
“I’ll take it,” Hamby said. “It was good for my confidence for sure. Kiley made a great play on the ball and it got us going.”
Hamby, a senior utility back for the Oldham County High School Colonels, had a successful debut as a starting quarterback Friday leading the Colonels to a 42-7 blowout of South Oldham.
He completed three of four passes, two for touchdowns, for 64 yards as the Colonels scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 first half lead.
Hamby replaced starter Joel Henning, who missed the game with an injured thumb.
“Not too bad for a guy with a week of practice under his belt,” OCHS coach Matt Brown said. “I was more than pleased with how Chase played.”
Hamby benefitted from a strong ground game as the OCHS line controlled the SOHS defense allowing the Colonels to run for 287 yards.
Junior back Brett Leary was the main beneficiary of the blocking running for 145 yards on 10 carries and a pair of scores.
“Brett did a great job of running up inside,” Brown said. “I thought our offensive line was great tonight. They just did a heck of a job.”
The Hamby-Obradovich connection capped a 69-yard, eight-play drive for the Colonels who scored less than four minutes into the game.
After holding the Dragons to a three-and-out on their first series, the Colonels got the ball on the SOHS 37.
Two runs by Leary netted 17 yards before he took a handoff to the left, spun out of a tackle at the line of scrimmage and reversed his field to roll 20 yards for a touchdown and 14-0 lead.
The OCHS defense again limited SOHS to just three plays allowing Leary to strike again.
On the second play of the drive, Leary took a handoff right up the middle on a 54-yard touchdown run for the 21-0 lead.
“It’s a little easier to play quarterback when the line is blocking like they were and Brett is running like that,” Hamby said. “We wanted to get off to a good start against them, but I think we even surprised ourselves a little bit getting that big of a lead so quick.”
OCHS continued to roll in the second quarter with two more scores.
On the Colonels’ second possession of the second quarter, the running game came back into focus Leary, Kirk Yepko and Tyler Oldham combined to drive the ball downfield leading to an eight-yard scoring run off right tackle from Oldham and a 28-0 lead.
The OCHS defense, which limited SOHS to 73 total yards, closed the scoring when Blake Shackelford picked off a Christian Wallace pass in the right flat and returned it 30 yards for a 35-0 lead with just 20 seconds left in the half.
“We felt like our defense could stop them coming in,” Brown said. “Our main concern was they not be on the field too much if the offense didn’t produce and turned out to not be a problem.”
The Colonels’ final score came midway through the third quarter when Hamby hit Antonio Brown-Campbell with a swing pass that turned into a 30-yard scoring play.
SOHS scored right after when Wallace found Cody Kolleberg with a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Both teams stay in the district Friday.
OCHS faces a big game with Jeffersontown at home while SOHS hosts Grant County with the winner of the game likely securing the fourth and final playoff spot.
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