Luke Oliveros vs OC

South Oldham's Luke Oliveros streaks down the sideline during the Dragons' 41-0 win over Oldham County on Sept. 16. 

South Oldham rolled past a county rival for the second straight week, this time a 41-0 win over Oldham County in La Grange on Sept. 16.

The Dragons reclaimed the Trent DiGiuro Trophy after losing to the Colonels for the first time in a decade last fall.

“There’s ups and downs in every season, but we hope to perform consistently, and I think that’s what that win showed today,” South Oldham coach Jamie Reed said. “The first few games of the season were really tough, but our kids didn’t quit. That shows what kind of program we have.”

SOHS’ 0-3 start appears well in the rearview mirror after it outscored Oldham County and North Oldham 81-9 over the last two weeks combined.

“I’m so proud of our kids and our coaching staff,” Reed said. “When you start 0-3, it’s really easy to point fingers and give up, but our kids are still fighting. Hopefully we can keep winning for the next little while.”

Like it did against North Oldham last week, South Oldham wasted no time getting the jump on the Colonels. The Dragons made a statement by scoring on their first three possessions and returning an interception for a touchdown to mount a 28-0 lead before the midpoint of the second quarter on the way to a running-clock victory. 

“I think people kind of wrote us off, but underneath some of those games that we got beat pretty good, there’s still a solid ballclub,” Reed said. “Our kids never gave up belief on themselves, and now thankfully, those things are starting to pay dividends.”

Oldham County was able to move the ball early, reaching Dragon territory on their first two possessions. However, South Oldham’s secondary came up big, recording two of its four interceptions on the night with the Colonels knocking on the door of the red zone.

“Anytime you can get turnovers, that’s going to be the name of the game,” Reed said. 

South Oldham dominated on the ground all evening, racking up 278 yards and all five of its offensive scores via the running game. The rushing attack was led by Jeffrey Burton, who logged 94 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries

“We have some big dudes on the line, and we just want to run it behind them,” Burton said. “We always want to do what we did tonight and what we did last week.”

The Dragons spread the wealth – all six touchdowns were scored by different players and four players ran for at least 37 yards.

“Competition is great,” Reed said. “Because of our ‘next man up’ mentality, guys are eager to make a play when it’s their turn.”

On the other side of the ball, Oldham County featured a balanced attack, recording 80 passing yards and 106 rushing yards. The Colonels increased their usage of the passing game against SOHS, and McBroom felt the team got the looks it wanted but couldn’t convert.

“We couldn’t get the ball out enough tonight,” Oldham County coach Ta’Shawn McBroom said. “Their defensive backs did a good job of staying in trail position, and we couldn’t get over the top. I felt like (wide receivers Mason) Sedoris and (Jaxon) Elkins got behind guys a couple times, but we just couldn’t finish the throws.”

Both teams will turn the page to district play in the coming weeks. South Oldham will travel to Jeffersontown on Sept. 23 as it looks to win its seventh district title in eight years.

“All of our goals are still well intact. The first three games hurt our feelings, but we start every season wanting to be county champs, then district champs, then state champs, and we just won the county championship” Reed said. “The goals never change. We just try to stay consistent with how we do it.”

Oldham County has a bye next week, then will host Eastern on Sept. 30 before its three district matchups.

“We’ll get back to basics, trying to hone in on the fundamentals and technical things,” McBroom said of his plan for the bye week. “Then we’ll try to come back home against Eastern and play a better game.”

SOUTH OLDHAM 41, OLDHAM COUNTY 0

South Oldham   21   7   6   7 – 41

Oldham County   0   0   0   0 – 0