Football Raiders miss opportunity to beat North

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By The Staff

Lights, camera, action!

With local television cameras rolling North Oldham hosted the Raiders Oct. 17, putting Trimble County in the spotlight and on the offensive in a home opener in the new North stadium.

The North-Trimble game was the “game of the week” for Louisville televisionstation WHAS 11 as the Oldham County team finally had a chance to pass, punt and kick in their recently completed $4 million stadium. The delay in construction had kept the team on the road for the first seven games of the season and had their fans chomping at the bit for some hometown gridiron action.

Earlier in the season, the Raiders were pounced by the Henry County Wildcats, 56-0, prior to the North Oldham Mustangs’ 18-14 handling of the cats. Ranked No. 6 in Class 3A, it was obvious North expected to roll over the small town Raider team.

But the Raiders came out hot, showing they had no intention of backing down to this challenge.

In the first quarter of play, the Raiders showed toughness by holding the Mustangs to one touchdown late in the quarter.

The second quarter brought similar results. Both teams struggled to score, however, as in the first, a Trimble turnover was converted into a Mustang score.

Heading into halftime, the Raiders kept the Mustangs against the wall but couldn’t manage to take control on offense.

After a short halftime break, it was déjà vu as the Mustangs managed to convert yet another Trimble turnover. Near the end of the third, the Raiders took a goal line stand and held North to only a field goal. By the end of the third quarter, the scoreboard showed 24-0 in favor of the Mustangs.

“We had opportunity. Plenty to shock the whole state,” coach XXX Yates said after the game. “With the mistakes we made, we still managed to keep it close early, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the end zone.”

On the field for the final period, the Raiders repeatedly moved close to scoring, however North Oldham’s frontline was too much when it came down to the nitty gritty. North took the ball into the end zone one final time to close the game 31-0 before their hometown crowd.

Trevor Smith led the Raider defense with 8 tackles, followed closely by Larry Sullivan, Jr. with 7 and Aunner Posas with 6 tackles and 2 interceptions.

Trimble has only three games remaining in regular season play, hosting the 0-6 Bracken County Polar Bears Friday, Oct. 24 in the annual Bedford Bank Bowl. The winner of that game will earn the last remaining spot in the District 4 playoffs.

Due to a new Kentucky High School Athletic Association playoff structure, the winner will not be pitted against a familiar opponent in the same class, but rather will take on Class A’s top ranked Beechwood in tournament action.