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SHEPHERDSVILLE -- With 2:23 remaining in Saturday championship game of the Little Bullitts Division, the Pleasant Grove Dolphins were just about out of bullets against the Mount Washington Colts.
The Dolphins, trailing 7-6, had just run almost eight minutes off the clock, but on fourth down at the 4-yard line, had been stopped.
Mount Washington lined up to start moving the clock, but in the muddy conditions, the snap from center to quarterback got loose and Pleasant Grove’s Montrell Page fell on the ball at the 4-yard line. On the very next play, Cade Miller found a huge hole on the right side of his line and got the touchdown with just 1:43 showing on the clock.
Miller also added an extra point to make it 13-7.
Mount Washington had a last shot and got as deep as the 19-yard line on Joseph Osbourne’s 16-yard run. But time ran out when Osbourne was tackled two plays later.
The victory capped an undefeated season for coach Jeremy Jenkins’ team at 11-0. It was the second straight season that the Dolphins had won the championship at this age group.
In the regular season meeting, Pleasant Grove beat the Colts 20-19.
“We expected to be here,” Jenkins, a former football standout at Bullitt East, said. “But we didn’t think we’d be undefeated.
“We got a huge break on the fumble,” the coach said. “Without that fumble it might be a different story.”
Both teams had to fight through sloppy conditions.
“The conditions were very bad,” Jenkins said. “It was a mud pit. I have to give Mount Washington credit. They were a strong team and came out to play today.”
This time it was Mount Washington that got off to the impressive start. On the third play of the game, Osbourne found running room on the right side and he went 32 yards to the endzone with less than two minutes gone in the contest.
Osbourne then added the extra point to make it 7-0. That put Pleasant Grove down for just the second time during the season.
Neither team managed a first down in the game before Pleasant Grove got a 19-yard run by Miller with just a minute remaining in the half. That run put the ball on the 12-yard line. Mason Huff ran for seven yards on the next play, but then the Dolphins lost yardage on the next two plays. On fourth down, quarterback Tyler Gribbins found Miller behind the defense in the endzone for a 7-yard touchdown pass.
Gribbins was then stopped on the extra point attempt.
Pleasant Grove got the ball to start the second half, but fumbled on the first play. The Dolphins didn’t get the ball back until less than two minutes remained in the third quarter and they started a 53 yard drive that would take 13 plays and most of the time off the clock in the fourth quarter. Miller had a 16-yard run in the series but the drive ended at the 4-yard line when Gribbins was stopped behind the line of scrimmage.
That led into the fumble and the second chance for the Dolphins.
It was obviously a tough loss for the Colts who posted a 9-2 record this season.
“We played a great game,” Mount Washington coach Joey Osbourne said. “We gave it all we had. I knew it would come down to one or two plays. I’m proud of the boys, but not with the final score.”
The field conditions were tough on everyone.
“I would have preferred a dry, clean field, but that wasn’t to be,” Osbourne said. “We had four weeks of playing on it like this. We were used to it.”
Miller led the Pleasant Grove ground attack with 56 yards on nine carries. The offense also got 27 yards from Page. On defense, Page was the leading tackler with 11 stops while the team also got eight tackles from Collin Powell and Gribbins. Seven stops were made by Nathan Prentice, Miller and Landon Maki.
Mount Washington had 58 yards on the ground from Joseph Osbourne and also had 21 yards by Dalton hatter. On the other side of the ball, Conner Groves had 12 tackles while seven stops were made by both Osbourne and Nolen Cashon. Hatter and Blaine Werle had six tackles while five stops were made by Michael Conforti, Danny Cecil and Preston Goers. Domanik Terry finished with four tackles and Jacob Winans had three tackles.
Team members for the Pleasant Grove Dolphins included: Ryan Keown, Mason Huff, Nathan Prentice, Ethan Hardaway, Casey Smith, Collin Powell, Ashton Burroughs, Daren Mason, Saber Smith, Bryce Clements, Ethan Beichler, Cameron hall, Kruz Holbert, Zack Jenkins, Montrell Page, Cade Miller, Tyler Gribbins, Luke Pope, Zach Reiners, Peyton Cooper, Blake Dattilo, Hunter Brock and Landon Maki.
The Dolphins were coached by Jeremy Jenkins and he was assisted by Kyle Maki, Brian Burroughs, Shawn Holbert, George Brock and Ryan Smith.
The team members for the Mount Washington Colts included: Domanik Terry, Preston Goers, Aeron Adams, Elijah Sena, Jansen Hayden, Joseph Osbourne, Tucker Blanford, Will Blanford, Mason Israel, Blaine Werle, Justin Smith, Richie Jones, Nicolas Dooley, Dalton hatter, Conner Groves, Nolen Cashon, Brendon Burkhead, Jacob Winans, Eli Say, Danny Cecil and Michael Conforti.