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Waggener vs. North Oldham was not able to take place due to Jefferson County curfews following the announcement of the charges in the Breonna Taylor case. Waggener vs. North Oldham is now rescheduled for 7:30pm on October 2 at North Oldham.

North Oldham and South Oldham will now be playing tomorrow at North Oldham. 7:30pm kickoff.

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Thanks for putting up the thread for me!   I just learned of the schedule switch this afternoon at work and have been busting my butt all day trying to change broadcasts schedules during breaks at work.....

North comes in after falling 54-31 to Louisville Western last week on the road.   The Mustangs ran the ball well, but fell behind 22-6 at the half and had to go to the air.    A young team with just 6 seniors - 27 of the 45 varsity roster positions are filled by sophomores and freshmen - the Mustangs will likely take some hard lumps early on but their season success will hinge on how fast the youngsters learn.

South rallied in the final two minutes of their game last week, taking advantage of a special teams snafu by Oldham County to win, 28-21.    A bad snap on a punt forced the OC punter to chase the ball down and hastily punt the ball from the 1, giving South the ball at the Oldham 32 with barely 2 minutes left.   Trailing 21-20 at the time, South took just one minute to take advantage of the short field and push across the winning score, 28-21.

The Dragons showed a prolific 1-2 punch in the running game last week, with a backfield composed entirely of first-time starters.    Kayden Anderson (FB) proved to be hard to bring down between the tackles, and he provided the "thunder" to speedy Ethan Snider's "lightning" to lead the way.   Sophomore Jack McCubbin only got a handful of carries - he'll have to earn those - but showed some promise in getting the edge and turning upfield for some solid gains.

Both North and South have the potential for some big plays through the air.    First time starters at QB - 6-0 Junior Nick Freeland of North and 6-3 senior Alex Brown of South - both have decent arms and big-play receivers on the outside in Anthony Estrada (SO) and Blake Wetzel (NO).   If either QB-WR combo starts to get their timing going this week, the two secondaries could be in for a difficult night.

In the trenches, South boasts more size than North, and the Mustangs will be challenged at the point of attack.    That would be where South would seem to have their greatest advantage at this early point in the season, and it's why South has to be favored in this game.

The Dragons particularly had success running behind the right side of their big offensive line last week, behind center 6-3 268 pound center Will Moore, 6-2 252 pound junior RG Ethan Phillips, and 6-3 280 pound RT Garrison Muth.

But North coach Joe Gamsky knows South.   A former star player for the Dragons who got his first coaching job in Crestwood under Jamie Reed, Gamsky knows the Dragons and what they want to do.   He's big on his linemen, and it's not as if the Mustangs are bereft of size.    On offense, both guards are big - Tyler Vance is a 234 pound sophomore and Scott Pforr is a 215 pound senior who is a returning starter from last year.   

On defense, the Mustangs' nose tackle is just a freshman, but Wyatt Drury (5-6 287 pounds) will be a load to move.

Offensively, North will try to feature senior running back Austin Gibson, a multi-purpose back with D1 speed and good hands.   If North can play ball control football, keeping the ball on the ground and the South offense on the sidelines, an upset may well be in the cards.

Broadcast:   6:30 pm live video on www.pegasussportsky.com

 

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Congrats to the two schools for making this game happen.   With all the jumbled mess that COVID has made of the football schedules, it appeared that the annual rivalry game would not occur.   But sometimes good things come out of bad; when Jefferson County cancelled Friday football games due to the civil unrest, both schools lost opponents (South vs. Jeffersontown and North vs. Waggener), giving both schools an unexpected open date.    Kudos to the athletic directors - Joe Richie at South and Alan Yanke at North - for making this happen on short notice.  

SERIES:   South leads the all-time series, 9-6.    The Dragons have won five consecutive games in the series, during which time the Dragon defense has been the story - North has scored just 7 total points in the last five contests.

Pregame show starts at 6:30 pm ET at www.pegasussportsky.com

(NOTE TO DRAGON AND MUSTANG FANS:   Due to the limited numbers of fans who will be allowed into the stadium, the schools are collecting significantly less revenues from the gate and concessions....Pegasus is working with the schools to try to help recoup some of that lost revenue.   The high definition version of the broadcast will be sold for $7, with proceeds going to all three schools in the county, to help fund not just the football teams, but all the non-revenue sports that depend upon football revenues.  You can help your school's athletic programs by purchasing the HD broadcast....)  

The "standard definition" version remains free.

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Live pregame on now.....kickoff at 7:30 pm ET.

I'll try to post updates when possible during the broadcast.

North in all black uniforms....black jerseys (teal numbers), black pants, solid black helmets with no logo.

South green pants, white jerseys with green numbers.   Green helmets with white "S".


CM

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14-0 South after one quarter.

North has lost two fumbles and gave up the ball on downs on another drive.

South taking advantage of short field.

North starts the second with the ball at their own 36 facing 3rd and 19

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half:

South Oldham 28

North Oldham 14

South has four touchdowns on runs by four different runners.    Dragons have shown the ability to go on long drives and score.   Alex Brown an effective 7 of 12 passing for 103 yards through the air....Ethan Snider four catches for 60 yards....

North struggled to hold onto the ball in the half - 2 fumbles lost and one INT, plus one turnover on downs - but the Mustangs have two scores on big plays.   Austin Gibson scored on a 65 yard run and Liam Hutson scored on a 58 yard pass play.

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3 minutes ago, ColonelMike said:

6:19 third - Gibson 95 yard INT return

South Oldham 28 North Oldham 21

Talk about a 180° turn in momentum.

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End of three

South Oldham 28

North Oldham 21

Mustangs with the ball facing 3rd and 3 at the South 41 to start the fourth

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