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5A Oldham County (0-2) vs 4A Shelby County (2-0)


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This is one of the oldest rivalries in northcentral Kentucky and there have been some dramatic games over the years.....(who remembers the 1984 classic between two 10-0 teams ranked #1 and #2 in the state as of game time?)

 

The two teams have wandered away from each other in terms of district rivalry - they aren't even in the same class, anymore - but "the game" continues....

 

Shelby figures to be the favorite this week.....thoughts?

 

Game video broadcast, LIVE and also archived online, at The Pegasus Sports Network - PSN

(click on any of the school logos, then choose "standard definition" or "high definition")

 

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Oldham is just in a "down" cycle, winning just 12 games in the last four seasons. Second year coach, installing new system. Younger kids look good.... Coach Mike Shatzer has done a good job of re-building the numbers... 85+, up from less than 50 two years ago. Now time to re-build the product on the field.

 

Oldham has suffered from a brutal district over the last few years, to boot, and some brutal scheduling. Non-district games have included South Oldham and North Oldham - both who have been really good the last few years - and the district the past few years included Ballad and some good Eastern teams. It's all a cycle. Here's hoping Shatzer and his coaches can bring the program back - the last winning season was 2010, but the Colonels averaged 7 wins a season and had 9 winning seasons from 1998-2010.

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These two last met in 2012, with Shelby winning, 33-16 in Buckner.

 

Oldham has won 9 of the last 15 contests between Oldham and Shelby....the two teams met every year from 1999-2012.

 

The Rockets are back to the old Triple-Option attack that they made so deadly all the way back to the Tom Becherer days when Shelby was a constant threat to win the state title. They are averaging 240.5 yards rushing per game.....but have only thrown the ball 11 times in two contests.

 

Oldham is still looking for its first offensive touchdown, and - although Shelby County is formidable - Oldham just has to be happy they aren't facing a third straight top 10 ranked team this week after falling to 6A Ballard and 4A North Oldham the first two weeks.

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The game features the "old" and the "new" on the sidelines:

 

Shelby County coach Todd Shipley - truly one of the "good guys" in KY HS Football - is in his 16th season at the school.

 

Mike Shatzer of Oldham County is in his second year at OCHS, after moving to KY from Alabama.

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