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OCHS holds off J-town to advance

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By Mickey Patterson

BUCKNER – The maturity of the Oldham County High School football team came into play Friday as the Colonels came away with a workman like 24-21 win over Jeffersontown.

The second-round 5A playoff win pushes the Colonels into the regional finals against The No. 2 ranked  John Hardin Bulldogs.

“We were able to do just enough and cut down on our errors to win,” OCHS senior quarterback Chase Hamby said. “Offensively we were able to do enough to keep their offense off the field and keep the pressure off our defense with them (J-town) being so fast.”

The Colonels kept the Chargers’ big play capability in check through most of the game with a few big plays of their own and a gritty defensive effort.

“We played very well at times tonight,” OCHS coach Matt Brown said. “This was one of those games where we had to kind of grind it out against a very good team and I think the experience of having been here before showed.”

The Colonels iced the game with less than a minute to play on a short dive from Tyler Oldham that gave OCHS a first down and allowed to watch the clock run out.

The first down came after J-town had cut the lead to 24-21 with 1:27 left in the game on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Joey Pierce to Tim Jackson.

“It definitely got tighter than we wanted it to with that play,” Hamby said.

The Colonels took the lead in the first quarter when Oldham intercepted a Pierce pass on a dead run and returned it 58-yards for a touchdown.

The Colonels appeared headed for another score on the next possession before Kiley Obradovich fumbled after a 44-yard reception. 

J-town, however, returned the favor on the next play with a fumble that OCHS recovered on the seven.

The Colonels failed to gain in three plays leading to a 30-yard field goal from Jake Weigel for a 10-0 lead.

The Chargers came right back to cut the lead on the ensuing possession. Showcasing their breakaway speed, tailbacks Demetrius Conley and DeMichael Jackson broke free on runs of 18 and 35 yards respectively on the first two plays from scrimmage.

Richard Kennedy then went for 14 yards to the three and two plays later took it around the right end for a score to cut the lead to 10-7 with 4:39 left.

The Colonels increased the lead on the next drive. After a 48-yard kickoff return from Brett Leary that put the ball on the 50, OCHS got a big play from receiver Antonio Brown-Campbell with a 25-yard gain around right end.

Hamby then hit Brandon Cook with a screen in the right flat that went for 19 yards to the J-town six.

Leary pushed the ball to the one with a dive off right tackle where Hamby took it over on a sneak on the next play. J-town blocked the PAT leaving the Colonels up 16-7 heading into the half.

The Colonels caught a break to increase the lead to 18-7 late in the third quarter when they forced the Chargers to punt from their own endzone and the snap was high and out giving OCHS a safety.

OCHS then took advantage of the free kick and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Chargers that put the ball on the J-town 21.

Five plays later, Weigel nailed a 22-yard field goal for a 21-7 lead with 11:56 left in the game.

J-town came right back to cut the lead to 21-14. Conley returned the short kickoff to the Colonels’ 23. After four straight runs, Pierce hit Tim Jackson with a nine-yard touchdown pass.

The Colonels managed a final score on the next possession. The key play came on third and 13 when Hamby fired a long pass over the middle that Oldham made a twisting, over the wrong shoulder catch as he was falling down for a 31-yard gain.

“That was a great catch of a not so good pass,” Hamby said. “Without that we would have probably been in overtime.”

Runs by Leary and Kirk Yepko pushed the ball to Chargers’ six where Weigel nailed a 22-yard field goal, his third of the day that put the Colonels up 24-14.

“He (Weigel) is becoming a weapon for us,” Brown said. “Three field goals and two extra points, we can’t ask for much more out of him in a game like this.”

 

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