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By: Adam Warner
North Oldham defeated Henry County 38-7 to win the 20/20 Bowl trophy. North’s vision seemed to be perfectly clear right from the get-go after their first play from under center was taken to the house. Ten seconds in to the game, senior running back Josh Smith broke free, on the left hand side and scampered all the way for a 70 yard touchdown run.
Henry County fell in to trouble early after using two time outs within two minutes of each other at the beginning of the first quarter. That proved to only be the beginning of their problems as junior Nick Thome returned a punt 35 yards to give North Oldham the 14-0 lead.
Henry County answered the Mustangs with a drive of their own, using the hurry-up offense to eventually punch the ball in from two yards out.
But at 14-7, it only took eight seconds for North to strike again, and in familiar fashion.
Josh Smith ran another sweep play, again over 70 yards for a touchdown.
“Josh has been running those same plays for four years now,” North Oldham Head Coach Billy Martin said. “So he knows what to do.”
At half time the score was 21-7, but that’s all Coach Martin’s defense would allow the rest of the game.
The Mustangs added a field goal in the third. In the fourth, senior quarterback Keenen Dowd found sophomore Arien Beasley for a 16 yard touchdown pass, while Josh Smith added the exclamation point with a 10 yard touchdown run; his third of the game.
“We did some good things and some bad, Coach Martin said. “This was a good learning experience we got to do, and still be victorious. It’s really worse when you learn these and you lose. Then you can find a whole lot more things to improve on (laughs).”