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Third time's not the charm

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Turnovers, Renaud interceptions end North's season with 28-19 loss at Western

By Jason Stamm

LOUISVILLE --- Two times with under four minutes to play, North Oldham senior quarterback Cameron Renaud was intercepted. A fumble and a turnover on downs gave the Mustangs another chance, but the third time would not be the charm.

Renaud’s third interception of the fourth quarter, with 59.3 seconds to play, sealed a 28-19 win for Western in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs Friday night.

“I poured my heart and soul into it all off-season for four years straight,” Renaud said. “To have it end like this, it’s just terrible. I just forced what wasn’t open.”

North Oldham (9-3) had six turnovers, five coming in the second half as Renaud also fumbled the ball early in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs turned the ball over on downs late in the second quarter and again with 1:39 to play.

“When it ends, they’re all bitter, no matter how they end,” North Oldham coach Billy Martin said. “We didn’t play well in the second half and made mistakes we’re not accustomed to making and they made us pay for it.”

North Oldham was slow to start in the first half, allowing touchdowns and a two-point conversion on two of Western’s first three possessions. The Mustangs couldn’t get out of a rut offensively either, with just 19 yards on eight plays in the first quarter.

“I don’t really know what it was, to be honest,” Martin said. “We were focused all week in practice and really focused before the game. They just kinda hit us in the same off-tackle area and we couldn’t do much with it.”

But what kept North Oldham in the game was its special teams. Sophomore Quinton Shea tipped a punt on the Warriors’ first attempt after their second possession. Western’s second punt, with 8:12 left in the second quarter, was a low, line drive punt that hit a Warriors lineman in the back.

The Mustangs turned that miscue into a 27-yard field goal that cut their deficit to 15-10.

Shea got all of Western’s next punt, with a block just outside the goal line that rolled through the back of the end zone before he could jump on it for a safety, to make the score 15-12.

“The way they lined up was just a spread punt formation,” Shea said. “We had it planned out in practice that I just had a straight shot to the ball. I knew where to go and it was just open.”

North Oldham couldn’t capitalize though and turned the ball over on downs at the Warriors’ 30-yard line as junior wide receiver Michael Chow had a catch at the goal line knocked away as before he hit the ground.

The Mustangs took a 19-15 lead on a on-yard keeper by Renaud with 7:13 left in the third quarter, but still couldn’t keep any momentum. Their next possession ended in a punt, before a string of five straight turnovers on North Oldham’s final five possessions.

“We were just pushing too much for what wasn’t there,” Renaud said. “We just have to take what can get and not go for anything more. We just went for too much and lost the ball.”

The Warriors went ahead on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 7:48 remaining and sealed the win with a one-yard touchdown run with 1:25 left.

Through the Mustangs’ first 11 games, Renaud threw just four interceptions. Renaud had an uncharacteristically bad night, also completing just 3 of 15 passes for 8 yards, but Martin said he didn’t place the blame on him.

“You’ve gotta learn from that and know when to try to make a play and know when to throw it out,” Martin said. “He’s competitive, he’s trying to make plays. He’s my man and we couldn’t have gotten this far without him. It’s not his fault.”

 

Email us about this story at: sports@oldhamera.com.

LOUISVILLE --- Two times with under four minutes to play, North Oldham senior quarterback Cameron Renaud was intercepted. A fumble and a turnover on downs gave the Mustangs another chance, but the third time would not be the charm.

Renaud’s third interception of the fourth quarter, with 59.3 seconds to play, sealed a 28-19 win for Western in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs Friday night.

“I poured my heart and soul into it all off-season for four years straight,” Renaud said. “To have it end like this, it’s just terrible. I just forced what wasn’t open.”

North Oldham (9-3) had six turnovers, five coming in the second half as Renaud also fumbled the ball early in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs turned the ball over on downs late in the second quarter and again with 1:39 to play.

“When it ends, they’re all bitter, no matter how they end,” North Oldham coach Billy Martin said. “We didn’t play well in the second half and made mistakes we’re not accustomed to making and they made us pay for it.”

North Oldham was slow to start in the first half, allowing touchdowns and a two-point conversion on two of Western’s first three possessions. The Mustangs couldn’t get out of a rut offensively either, with just 19 yards on eight plays in the first quarter.

“I don’t really know what it was, to be honest,” Martin said. “We were focused all week in practice and really focused before the game. They just kinda hit us in the same off-tackle area and we couldn’t do much with it.”

But what kept North Oldham in the game was its special teams. Sophomore Quinton Shea tipped a punt on the Warriors’ first attempt after their second possession. Western’s second punt, with 8:12 left in the second quarter, was a low, line drive punt that hit a Warriors lineman in the back.

The Mustangs turned that miscue into a 27-yard field goal that cut their deficit to 15-10.

Shea got all of Western’s next punt, with a block just outside the goal line that rolled through the back of the end zone before he could jump on it for a safety, to make the score 15-12.

“The way they lined up was just a spread punt formation,” Shea said. “We had it planned out in practice that I just had a straight shot to the ball. I knew where to go and it was just open.”

North Oldham couldn’t capitalize though and turned the ball over on downs at the Warriors’ 30-yard line as junior wide receiver Michael Chow had a catch at the goal line knocked away as before he hit the ground.

The Mustangs took a 19-15 lead on a on-yard keeper by Renaud with 7:13 left in the third quarter, but still couldn’t keep any momentum. Their next possession ended in a punt, before a string of five straight turnovers on North Oldham’s final five possessions.

“We were just pushing too much for what wasn’t there,” Renaud said. “We just have to take what can get and not go for anything more. We just went for too much and lost the ball.”

The Warriors went ahead on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 7:48 remaining and sealed the win with a one-yard touchdown run with 1:25 left.

Through the Mustangs’ first 11 games, Renaud threw just four interceptions. Renaud had an uncharacteristically bad night, also completing just 3 of 15 passes for 8 yards, but Martin said he didn’t place the blame on him.

“You’ve gotta learn from that and know when to try to make a play and know when to throw it out,” Martin said. “He’s competitive, he’s trying to make plays. He’s my man and we couldn’t have gotten this far without him. It’s not his fault.”

Email us about this story at: sports@oldhamera.com.