The South Oldham Dragons defeated North Oldham 38-0 at Goshen, last night, Sept. 13.
After both teams played a scoreless first quarter, South Oldham scored 38 unanswered points in the second and third quarters.
“North really came out and gave us a great effort,” South Oldham coach Jamie Reed said. “I knew they would come out and play well.”
Mustang coach Joe Gamsky thought his team played disciplined football and continued to compete, holding South Oldham off the scoreboard in the first quarter.
“That was our message all week,” Gamsky said. “We knew we had a good team coming in.”
The Mustang defense held firm in the first quarter, holding South Oldham scoreless. Ben Meece had a stop for no gain on second down while Blake McAfee broke up a pass on third down on the Dragons’ opening possession.
Joshua Riehl had tackle for a loss and recovered a fumble for North Oldham on South Oldham’s second drive.
“We mixed it up a little bit, we were moving our defensive linemen around,” Gamsky said. “I think it gave their line a little bit of trouble.”
South Oldham’s defense was able to answer the Mustangs. After Colby Greenert had a 12-yard reception and Ben Becerra had two carries to help North Oldham go inside the Dragon 20-yard line, Richard Thompson had a sack for 3-yard loss.
The Mustangs were forced to settle for a 34-yard field goal that was missed.
“We had some things on offense, but we didn’t execute for long enough, we didn’t finish,” Gamsky said.
The Dragons capitalized after the missed field goal. Josh Carter and Ethan Snider combined for 27 yards on five carries. Trey Garrison took a screen pass from Anthony Pierce for a 47-yard touchdown to give South Oldham a 7-0 lead with 11:27 left in the second quarter.
Keaton Martin recovered a fumble on the ensuing kick off to return the ball to South Oldham. Snider had a 13-yard reception followed by an 18-yard reception by Ethan Bednarczyk to put the Dragons on the 1-yard line.
Martin scored two plays later, giving South Oldham a 14-0 lead with 9:43 left in the second quarter.
A 16-yard reception by Becerra on third-and-20 was North Oldham’s only positive yardage on its next drive.
It didn’t take long for South Oldham to find the end zone after a North Oldham punt. Martin had a 24-yard carry to bring the ball into the red zone. The senior scored from 12 yards for a 21-0 advantage.
Luke Clark had a sack for South Oldham to stop North Oldham’s next drive, but the Mustang defense had a three-and-out of their own. Hunter Hyden had a tackle on a reception by Garrison short of the marker to force a South Oldham punt.
After a sack from Tyrelle Love and incomplete pass, South Oldham took the ball back as Isaac Lalli intercepted a pass.
“We played our base defense,” Clark said. “We came out and played how we know how to play.”
South Oldham scored off the turnover. Bednarczyk took a screen pass 26 yards, but the Dragons’ drive appeared to stall on a fourth-and-9 from the 34-yard-line, but Pierce found Snider for a 29-yard reception to continue the drive.
“They were shifting a lot, we had to switch it up to get going,” Martin said.
Pierce scored from five yards with 44 seconds left in the first half for a 28-0 South Oldham lead.
After a North Oldham three-and-out to start the second half, South Oldham added to its lead. Martin had an 18-yard gain on a fourth-and-3 from the 43-yard-line. Meece slowed the drive with a sack, but Pierce found Bednarczyk for a 40-yard touchdown pass along the sideline with 6:23 left in the third quarter.
Martin carried South Oldham on its next scoring drive with 47 yards on the ground. Connor Langford capped the drive with a 27-yard field goal with two seconds left in the third quarter to give South Oldham a 38-0 lead.
“We decided to start pounding the ball, the offensive line picked it up,” Martin said. “We were finding some good holes and some good cut backs.”
North Oldham didn’t pick up a first down until Sam Fadel had a reception on a throw from McAfee early in the fourth quarter.
“We are struggling a little bit up front,” Gamsky said. “We are playing in reverse too much.”
North Oldham will play at home this Friday night September 20th. This will be the Homecoming game for the Mustangs facing Western High School. Kickoff will be at 7:30 PM.