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Colts able to slow down fast moving Titans in B

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2013 Greater Bullitt County Youth Football Championship

By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Coming into the championship game of the B division for the Greater Bullitt County Youth Football League, there was the perfect opportunity for a monumental upset.

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Having a perfect season, the Mount Washington Colts had every reason to be confident.

And facing a Shepherdsville Titan team which was a sixth seed and had won only two games in the regular season, the Colts may have been a bit overconfident.

That is what concerned Colt coach Matt Cashon.

And, in the first half, the head coach’s concerns were validated.

In the end, the Colts did get its game together to defeat the game Titans 26-6.

“I knew it would be hard for us to get focused,” said Cashon. “We’ve had that problem early in games most of the year.”

Watching the Titans play excellent football the past four weeks, Cashon knew his players had better come ready to play.

“The Titans have been playing well and they were confident,” said Cashon. “And I hoped we wouldn’t come in overconfident.”

The Titans used an unusual offensive alignment with a pair of receivers on each side.

On its second possession, the Titans drove 57 yards in seven plays.

Dylan Baggett led the offense as quarterback. After running for 17 yards, he found Jaydian Rinker open for a 16-yard pass. 

The two connected for a 19-yard completion to reach the Colt 10. From the 11, Baggett called his own number and scored the touchdown with 1:50 left in the opening period.

On the very next play, quarterback Blake Rhoades kept the ball and ran 61 yards for the touchdown. Jonathan Maros carried in the extra point for the 7-6 lead.

After the Colt defense held, Mount Washington would drive 72 yards on five plays.

Mount Washington’s Rhoades appeared to score on the very first play. However, a holding call took the points off the board.

Undaunted, Rhoades came back to find Preston Goers open for a touchdown pass from the 36 with 5:56 left in the half.

Montrell Page’s extra point run accounted for the 14-6 halftime score.

But just before intermission, it appeared the Titans might knot the score.

Baggett kept the ball primarily on the ground for the 10-play drive.

With the ball on the Colt 10, Baggett’s pass was intercepted by Goers at the 5-yard-line to end the threat.

Showing its grit, the Titans’ Rinker recovered an on-side kick. The Colt defense held on downs.

Starting at its own 39, Mount Washington went to Page and he ran for 33 yards.

On the eighth play of the drive, Rhoades again called his own number and scored from the 9 with 3:24 left in the third period.

The final play of the game accounted for the last touchdown.

Maros took the ball at the 25 and dove into the end zone as the buzzer sounded.

“We made a few adjustments on the pass play,” said Cashon. “The kids made some nice adjustments.”

With having a big, strong quarterback like Rhoades, Cashon said the offense is hard to contain.

“We have a lot of options,” said the coach. 

For the Colts, Rhoades ran for 105 yards and threw for 59 yards and was part of two scores.

Maros had 62 yards rushing, a touchdown and an extra point. Page had 57 yards rushing and an extra point. Jonathan Pruitt ran for eight yards and Benjamin Blessitt ran for seven.

Blaine Werhle caught a 24 yard pass and Goers had the 35-yard touchdown reception.

Defensively, Conner Groves had six tackles, while Rhoades had four. Three stops were credited to Kyle Pfishter and Page. Domanik Terry, Maros and Goers had two.

Other members of the Colts include Caleb Collins, Zachary Collins, Will Rich, Jacob Fendley, Dalton Hatter, Aiden Murrill, Machael Ritchie, Caeden Reinhart, Hunter Ryan, Christian Manning, Nolen Cashon, Mason Israel, Elijah Sena, Zack Spalding, Paul Beckmann, Shawn Beckman, Landon Hite, Brendan Burkhead, Aaron Hollar, Noah Gibson and Dalston Keller.

The Titan team members include Jordan Adam, Dylan Baggett, Austin Buechele, Chase Buechele, Tyler Collins, Robert Goodlett, JT Graf, TJ Heilman, Jacob Henson, Phillip Hughes, Jeremy Kron, Hunter Laswell, Austin Patenaude, Jaydian Rinker, Zach Robinson, Jason Sebastian, JR Sherrard, Christopher Sturgeon, Randall Wade, Dennis Cleveland, Shane Knight and Daniel Hartley.

Head coach Rodger Glass was assisted by Clayton Brunson, Will Rinker and Teddy Fleener.