Wishful Thinking: The Colonels' dream season

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By Sam Draut

Let’s have fun with a twist on fantasy football and imagine a best-case scenario for the football teams in Oldham County.

Since every fan base is entitled to their own drama-filled dream season, the fantasized future for the Colonels, Dragons and Mustangs must be split up. And remember, we usually wake up before the dream is finished, so readers can decide their own ending to the season.

After a successful midnight scrimmage at the turn of August, the Colonels and school’s administration agree upon allowing all home games to be kicked off at 12 a.m.  Some fans are disgruntled, but Colonel football holds a competitive advantage over its opponents with the altered sleep cycle.

The Michael Fox era officially kicks off against Henry County, but the Colonels start slow. Sean Ralls makes two field-goals in the first half as Oldham County trails 7-6 heading into the locker room for halftime.

The Colonels’ take their first lead of the season on the first drive in the third quarter as Lucas Jones runs for a 15-yard touchdown. Oldham County scores another touchdown late in the quarter following an interception by Isaiah Hale.

Oldham County works the clock in the fourth quarter to seal the win. It’s the first time Oldham County has won its season opener since 2013.

There isn’t time for the Colonels to celebrate the win as they play host to rival North Oldham the following week. Students from both schools begin a vicious cycle of trash talk on social media days leading up to the game, forcing phone companies and internet providers to shutoff internet access until the Friday evening kickoff.

Unable to post selfies, tweet memes or double tap on the Gram, students label the rivalry game as “Off the Grid Night.”

The rivalry game turns out to be everything it’s supposed to be. The intensity of the back-and-forth contest isn’t lost on the raucous crowd either as both teams are tied 17-17 late in the fourth quarter.

With two minutes left, North Oldham makes a go-ahead field goal. Before the Colonels start their final drive, Fox reminds his team to rely on fundamentals.

On a second-and-7 from the 35-yard line, Zach Young slips behind the Mustang secondary and Erix Edwards connects with him for a 53-yard gain. After two run plays are stuffed, Edwards audibles out of a play-action bootleg, deciding for a fade route to Jalen Moore instead. Though in double-coverage, Moore hauls in the throw at the ball’s highpoint, giving the Colonels’ the game-winning touchdown.

The pro-Colonel crowd rushes the field in disbelief and amazement.

Oldham County improves to 4-0 with wins over Collins and Seneca following a bye week.

With an undefeated record on the line, the Colonels make the five-minute trip to Crestwood for the annual rivalry game against South Oldham. Oldham County falls behind 21-0 in the first half, but the Colonels find a spark from Parker Caudill.

Using a read-option attack, the sophomore leads two touchdown drives in the second quarter to close the deficit to 24-14. In the third quarter, the Colonels punch in a touchdown on a center sneak by Ryan Meyer.

The score holds at 24-21 as neither team can put up points in the fourth quarter. Defeated for the first time in 2017, the Colonels are determined to beat South Oldham if they faceoff again. Frustrated and hungry for more wins, the team refuses to ride the bus back to Buckner, instead choosing to march in a single file line down 146.

Oldham County returns to its winning ways the following week against North Bullitt. The defensive line feasts in the backfield. Damien Jaggers, Alex Roberts and Nick Blair combine for seven sacks. The trio are nicknamed “The TFL (tackles for a loss) Boys” after the game.

The Colonels fall to Bullitt Central, but defeat Nelson County in their most lopsided win of the season.

After losing a close game to Bullitt East, Oldham County hosts J’town in the final game of the regular season. The Colonels click on all cylinders. Trey Purvis returns two interceptions for touchdowns in the first half and the running clock starts early in the third quarter.

Before the Colonels’ playoff run begins, Fox appears on Great Day Live after a string of motivational tweets, which include the hashtag #EAT, trend nationally.

Montgomery County, the Colonels’ first round opponent, isn’t prepared for the emotionally charged team competing in its first playoffs since 2014. Andrew Vazquez racks up 17 tackles, including a game-sealing stop on fourth-and-3 midway through the fourth quarter.

Nearly two months removed from losing to South Oldham, the Colonels once again face their rival, this time, in the second round of the playoffs. 

Preston Dykes gets the scoring started with a 23-yard touchdown run on the Colonels’ first drive. Safety Jacob Ratliff has a key stop on third down to limit South Oldham to a field goal before halftime.

South Oldham leads 13-10 in the third quarter, but both offenses stall. The teams trade touchdowns early in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 20-17 with just over a minute left, Oldham County takes over on their 37-yard line. Daniel Calderon muscles his way to a crucial third-and-7 conversion. After several incompletions, the Colonels drive appears to halt at the 40-yard line. Out of field goal range, the Colonels have one final play with eight seconds left.

In a designed rollout, Edwards scans the field with defenders forcing him toward the sideline. As time expires, Edwards plants and rifles a game-winning 40-yard touchdown pass to Chase Samples. Edwards calmly fist pumps and quietly walks back to the locker room.

It’s the Colonels first win over South Oldham since 2010 as Oldham County advances to the third round of the playoffs.