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Matt Brown knows his Oldham County squad still has plenty of strides to make on both sides of the ball to get where they want to go. But if the first half of last night's game with Shelby County is any indication, they're well on their way.
Though they ultimately fell just short, dropping a heartbreaking 33-16 loss to the Rockets, a strong defensive effort in the opening 24 minutes kept the game close at 6-3 at the half.
"We played really disciplined football in the first half, but the one touchdown we gave up was us being undisciplined and not going to tackle our assignment," Brown said. "When you don't do that against what they run, which is exactly the same thing South Oldham runs, you're going to give up points. In the second half, everybody started doing a little bit too much and trying to overcomensate."
Momentum did carry over into the second half initially though as the Colonels struck first after the break on a 15-yard tocuhdown toss from Brett Strnad to Chase Tindall at the 6:23 mark.
From there though, things started to unravel as Shelby County rattled off 20 straight points to go up 26-10 with just over three minutes to play
Oldham County made one final push at the 1:13 mark on a 19-yard touchdown from Strnad to running back Jacob Taylor on fourth down, but failed on the two point conversion.
Shelby County put it away on the ensuing possession as a 54 yards scamper from Chase Manica closed the scoring.
Brett Strnad connected on 9-of-26 passing for 102 yards and a pair of scores to lead the Colonels.
Shelby County was led by Manica, who picked up 132 of the Rockets' 341 rushing yards on eight carries and added two scores.
The Colonels will have a bye next week and return to the field on Oct. 5 at Fern Creek. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.