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Waggener at North Oldham Predictions/Updates (Postponed)

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  1. 1. Who wins?

    • North Oldham Mustangs
    • Waggener Wildcats

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Who:   North Oldham (0-1) vs. Waggener (1-0)

When:  Friday 9/25/2020  

Time:  7:30 pm ET

Broadcast:   live video coverage begins at 7 pm ET on www.pegasussportsky.com

Waggener (1-0) travels to Goshen to face the North Oldham Mustangs (0-1) in the district opener for both clubs.

The Wildcats are coming off a 46-0 thrashing of Jeffersontown; QB Josh Steineker was 6 of 9 passing for 182 yards, 4 TDs, and 0 INT.    Desrick Allen had 143 yards rushing a TD on just 14 carries....and Jamikel James nearly gave Waggener two 100 yard rushers as he finished 14-95 yards with a TD.   

Overall, Waggener finished with 566 yards of total offense - including 384 on the ground - while limiting the Chargers to only 103 yards of offense.

Interestingly, Maleek Kimble caught all 6 completions for 182 yards and 4 scores....

North opened up its season last week, falling on the road by a final score of 54-25 to Western.    QB Nick Freeland completed 50% of his passes for 114 yards and two scores, but tossed 3 interceptions on the night.   Austin Gibson rushed 19 times for 48 yards and a score.   Michael Davis had a great night on defense, contributing 11 total tackles, including one TFL.

These two teams compete in the brutally tough Class 4A District 4, which includes Waggener, North Oldham, Shelby County - #4-ranked Central and #3-ranked Franklin County.    With Central and Franklin serving as legitimate title contenders, the remaining three teams face the fact that the district games played between them are critically important to their post-season chances, as the fifth-place team stays home.

North is cautiously optimistic about a season that hinges on an awful lot of youth.   Just six seniors dot the 45-man roster, which includes 27 sophomores and freshmen (10 and 17, respectively).   Very few starters return from last year's squad that went 1-9 (three returnees on offense; 2 on defense).   

Sawyer Boone (5-8  190 senior), the starting RT, and Scott Pforr (5-8  215 senior), the starting right guard, will be key to North's chances as new QB Nick  Freeland (6-0  170 junior) settles into his new role leading the offense.   Boone and Pforr are two of the three returning offensive players, and they will be expected to help carve the path for 6-1  197 pound senior running back Austin "Gibby" Gibson, who returns to North Oldham after spending some time in Wisconsin.   Fifth-year head coach Joe Gamsky says that Gibson is a "true running back", a player with legitimate D1 speed who is patient and sees the hole as it develops.     Gibson has one FCS offer already and the Mustangs may well go as his game goes.

On the outside, 6-0 junior WR Blake Wetzel gives North a legitimate speed threat, while junior Preston Boone, sophomore Liam Hutson, and sophomore TE Ben Mortensen round out the starting receiving corps.   Ben Becerra figures to make noise as a receiver after an injury-plagued sophomore season.

On the OL, North is smallish but quick.   Besides Pforr and Boone, the Mustangs will feature Jackson Detwiler (6-0  193 pound senior) at center, and Tyler Vance (5-8 234 soph) at LG and Bryce Grady (6-0 182 soph) at LT.   

Defensively, North will feature a 3-4 look, with freshman Wyatt Drury (5-6  287) manning the all-important NG position.   Detwiler will man one DE position, while Pforr and Sawyer Boone will likely rotate at the other.

The LB corps will feature the two fastest players on the team, Gibson and Wetzel, who will be joined by Davis and Grady.    With players going both ways, the Mustangs will frequently substitute, with Freeland rotating in to one of the OLB spots and Mortenson rotating into one of the ILB spots.

Nick Silverthorn returns at PK and Punter for North.

There are a lot of unknowns about this North Oldham squad, but with all the youth, the upside potential is great.    A tough schedule that includes #3 ranked Franklin County, #4 Central, 6A Oldham County, and a Waggener team that had a tremendous season last year awaits.

Waggener went just 5-6 last year, but that was a deceptive record.   Four of the six losses were to 6A power North Hardin, Central, and Franklin County (twice), including a 50-32 defeat at the hands of the Flyers in the first round of the playoffs.

Gone is QB Alijah Sickles, who passed for 1,999 yards and 25 TDs and led the team in rushing with over 700 yards and 8 more scores.   Also gone is leading receiver Meleick Coleman.   But Keivontez Bell is back for his junior season after recording a team-high 105 tackles last season.   James - the number two tackler with 97 tackles - also returns.   Both Bell and James are versatile defenders who are physical and mobile and who can play either LB or DB.   

Waggener has a reasonably forgiving schedule, and will only likely be a definite underdog against district rivals Central and Franklin County.   

Kickoff is at 7:30 pm; pregame coverage on www.pegasussportsky.com begins at 7 pm ET.

NOTE:   Please consider purchasing the HIGH DEFINITION version of the broadcast.  Proceeds from the sale of the HD version of the broadcast will go to the athletic departments of the three Oldham County high schools, to help them offset the lost gate revenues due to the limitations on the number of fans who can attend the games.   Without football revenues, all the sports teams at the schools will suffer - not just football.   (the standard definition version is still free)   Thank you.

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Last year's score:
Waggener 54 North Oldham 0

Alijah Sickles passed for 211 yards, ran for 191, accounting for five scores in the Waggener win.

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Nice game analysis Colonel!  Thanks for all you do for Oldham Co HS sports. 

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7 hours ago, Tigerpride94 said:

Waggener rolls in this one. Could be running clock.

What has happened to North Oldham? They were in the state semifinals a couple years back. I know they aren’t as big as Oldham and South Oldham but they’ve struggled to be competitive of late. 

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3 minutes ago, Roundsteak said:

Waggener out of this game; been replaced by So Oldham

This is a district game, and is postponed to Oct 2nd.

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