Rockets go for two in a row

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Oldham visits for last home football game

By Todd Martin

The SCHS football team will try to put back-to-back victories together tonight after finally getting their first last week.

The Rockets (1-8) will face Oldham County (7-2) in the annual grudge match, but this year the Colonels seemingly have the upper hand.

After starting the year 1-2, Oldham County has reeled off six consecutive victories by an average of 29.3 points. In its seven victories Oldham has averaged 48 points, but in its two losses, against St. Xavier and Madison Central, the Colonels scored just six points.

"They progressed really well from last year and throughout the season," SCHS Coach Todd Shipley said. "They don't do anything fancy. They're just an all-around solid football team."

The Colonels are a very balanced team, with quarterback Chad Dennis throwing for 132 yard per game and running back Dylan Underwood rushing for 93 yards.

Despite their opposite records, the two teams are very similar, Shipley said.

"They have a heavy [running] package that's just about identical to ours, and they are also going to try to spread you out some to throw the football," the coach said. "So, really, they're almost just like us, but they're going to throw more short passes and screens to try to make big plays."

The two teams have three common opponents in Madison Central, South Oldham and Scott County.

Though the Rockets lost, 40-9, at Scott County, Oldham won there, 24-17. But, on the other hand, the Rockets had a chance to win in a 28-6 game at Madison Central, who shut out Oldham, 25-0. Both teams cruised past South Oldham.

"I really think we're very similar teams," Shipley said. "We've looked a lot a their past games, and I think we match up pretty well."

Shipley said the Rockets will come out with a very similar game plan to what worked last week against South Oldham.

"We're going to run the football; we're going to use that heavy, power running game again," he said.

With the Rockets coming off a victory, Shipley said practices have been very spirited this week.

"Practice is a little more fun," he said. "But it wasn't like we were in a huge hole of depression out there. One of the great things about this team is we didn't have a big letdown any of the previous weeks of practice. Now we have a chance to attain one of our goals, and that was to go out of the regular season with a two-game home win streak."