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5A #7 South Oldham at 3A #1 Christian Academy of Louisville Predictions/Updates


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Well, let's not wait to get two highly ranked teams playing. Who will win this clash of teams with high expectations? South Oldham made it to the semi-finals a year ago and lost to the eventual State Champion. Are the Dragons ready to revenge that late loss? CAL coming off a perfect season and a State Championship may have something to say about that. Will Centurions come out firing in week one and add to their current winning streak and show the state they are wanting more?

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Going to be interesting. CAL with a new coach; continuing the U of L quarterback tradition as they move from Stefan Lefors, who was insanely successful at CAL, to Hunter Cantwell. Word from Jefferson County is that Cantwell appears to be picking up right where Lefors left off. The Centurions come into the game ranked #1 in the preseason in 3A and will be trying to duplicate last year's victory over the Dragons.

 

South Oldham just wins under Jamie Reed, who's in his tenth season and has never had a losing season in Crestwood. Last year's tally was 12 victories. Not too shabby. The offense returns four critical skill players in QB Anthony Pierce (didn't throw a lot in 2018, but completed 57% of his passes for 1,084 yards and a mind-boggling 15 TDs to only 1 INT. Senior fullback Keaton Martin has already rushed for over 4,300 yards and 55 TDs in his career....senior wingback J.T. Benson is a brutal speedster who may be the best athlete on the entire team. He's a threat to run / receive for over 1,000 yards this year. Averaged 14 yards a carry and 26 yards a catch in 2018. And senior WR Ethan Bednarczyk is seeking to lead South in receiving for a third straight year. Bednarczyk already has two Division 1 offers in his pocket.

 

Should be fun. I'll be there, enjoying what should be one of the premier games in metro Louisville next Friday!

 

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Swami says:

CAL has been dangerous every time the season has been startin'.

Will that trend continue against an older Keaton Martin?

In a physical battle, scoring and yards will be chores.

CAL gets a narrow win to kick off life without LeFors.

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This game should be really fun to watch, and a lot closer then the games in the past. I’m going with CAL in this one. They may not have Milton Wright or coach Lefors but with Souths inexperience on the Dline and CAL’s 3 division one prospects on the Oline, I think it will be tough for south to create pressure and that should give CAL a lot of extra time to work with the ball.

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South very impressive in a preseason scrimmage win over Marion County. I wasn't there, so I didn't see it in person, but it was a good test for South as I understand Marion is very big in the trenches.

 

Dragons rushed for less than 100 yards last year against the Centurions, but it will be a completely new defense for CAL this year, as they replace 9 starters. South will have the services of JT Benson, last year's #2 rusher / #2 receiver, at wingback, who did not play in this game last season. And, of course, the Dragons will have fullback Keaton Martin, a four-year starter, who has rushed for over 4,300 yards and for 55 TDs in his career, including over 1,500 yards last season. CAL held Martin down last year to a respectable, but not consequential, 51 yards on 12 carries. Overall, CAL shut down a very good Dragon run game last season, holding South to just 71 yards on 34 carries, barely 2 yards a pop. Of course, Milton Wright (11 tackles in last year's game) is a big hole to fill for CAL on the defensive side.

 

Defensively, South is thin on the line, but the starters have serious potential. They will face a UK commit at RT, but Stingray Miller, the starting LT who has committed to Murray State, may not play. Talent-wise, CAL is solid on offense. Cantwell expects this to be the strength of the team, especially the run game. But with the starting LT out, a freshman at RG, and a backup starting this week at QB, CAL is not without a few question marks going into the contest. Senior QB Anthony Sabatino, who completed 12 of 18 passes for 166 yards, 2 TDs, and only 1 INT in last year's game, is out. The good news for CAL is junior backup Connor Masters put up impressive numbers in a backup role last year, completing 22 of 37 passes in 2018 for 405 yards and an amazing 9 TDs(!) vs. only one pick. South's challenge will be to bring a green linebacker corps up to speed in a hurry against a CAL team that - backups or no - figures to be one of the most disciplined squads the Dragons will face.

 

Really looking forward to calling this game...

 

CM

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