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CRESTWOOD – The Oldham County Youth Football League capped what may have been its most successful season ever with its championship games on the turf at South Oldham High School.
The three games on a blustery, cold day ended a season that saw more than 500 players and 200 cheerleaders compete for the league championship.
“It was a lot of fun, we had two really good games and one that one team won pretty easily,” OCYFL president Tim Kollenberg said. “For as bad as the weather was, we had a very good turnout of fans and supporters.”
The league used its second field this year at the complex in Wendell Moore Park and even endured Hurricane Ike’s windstorm in September.
The storm damaged the fieldhouse and storage building and caused the league to lose most perishable items in the concession stand freezers due to a week-long power outage.
“We survived the hurricane,” Kollenberg said. “We were a little beat up, but we made it through.”
Kollenberg credits the league’s strong system of board members and backers throughout the community.
“There are a lot of great people who we couldn’t do any of this without,” Kollenberg said. “We just want to say thanks to everybody in the community. We couldn’t do any of this without their support.”
The games at SOHS gave the young players a chance to play on the big field on the turf. Kollenberg said the league hopes to start a rotation system of title games at each of three county high schools.
“We’re going to play at North next year we hope,” Kollenberg said. “The kids love playing on the artificial surface, especially the younger ones. We want to do this at all the high schools to give the kids a chance to see what the stadiums are like and hopefully build some interest as they move on and get older so they keep playing.”
RAIDERS 7, FALCONS 0 - The Raiders edged the Falcons in the title game for the second year in a row.
The defensive battle came down to the end with the Raiders’ Miles Moskwa igniting the crowd when he broke free around right end on an 85-yard touchdown run. Brendan McAfee added the PAT for the final margin.
The No. 3 seeded Falcons reached the title game by winning a four-overtime game against the No. 2 seeded Colts in the semifinals.
STEELERS 38, VIKINGS 6 - The Steelers won their second straight title by exploding for 20 points in the first quarter.
Duncan Gibbs and Wes Johnson carried the day for the Steelers. Gibbs scored four touchdowns and a PAT while Johnson scored twice.
Johnson got the Steelers going with a 55-yard scoring run followed by the PAT from Gibbs.
Gibbs followed that with a six-yard burst through the line with a PAT from Justin Yurt. The Vikings cut the margin on a 55-yard touchdown from from Harley Hazlett but the Steelers came right back with a two-yard scoring dive from Gibbs to lead 20-6 at the close of the first quarter.
Gibbs added a 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a two-yard scoring dive in the third. Johnson closed the scoring with a 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
BRONCOS 12, CARROLL COUNTY 8 - Caleb Tapp’s two-yard scoring dive in the fourth quarter gave the Broncos the win in this competitive game.
After a scoreless first half, Carroll County took the lead in the third quarter when Cameron Smith scored on a 40-yard sweep. Terry Mumphrey’s kick gave the Yellowjackets the 8-0 lead.
The Broncos cut the lead to 8-6 in the third quarter when Alec Furrow scored on a 25-yard run to set up Tapp’s game-winner.
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