Thanks to two big plays, Spencer County finds themselves in uncharted territory.
For the first time in the program’s 11-year history, the Bears are 7-0 after outlasting host North Oldham 13-0 in Friday night rough weather conditions. A cold, pouring rain fell before and throughout the game, causing the grass field to be a spongy, sloppy mess. Both teams combined for at least 13 fumbles.
Spencer County coach Mike Marksbury said the conditions made it important to score first, and the Bears did just that on the game’s second play as Logan Holbrook scooped up a fumble and ran unabated for the 28-yard score.
“When you get weather like this, you get out there, you get down and then all of a sudden it’s gets a little wetter and it gets a little colder when you’re behind, so it was great to get that defensive touchdown early,” Marksbury said of the fumble, which came just 1:14 into the game.
Spencer County, which moved to 2-0 on Class 4-A, District Four, came into the game averaging more than 470 yards on the ground. The weather and the Mustangs defense would hold the state’s top rushing team to 174 yards on 38 carries. But the Bears still showed their big play capabilities when Branden Leff scored on a 75-yard run with 10:28 remaining in the first half.
Leff’s touchdown run was big because it came after a 12-play drive for the Mustangs. They got as close as the Spencer County 33 before two runs for negative yardage and a penalty pushed them back to midfield and forced a punt. North Oldham (3-4, 0-1) would not get inside the Bears’ 20 until the final play of the game.