After the first six weeks of the season featured warmer temperatures and little precipitation, the cold driving rain provided conditions that teams may very well see in the playoffs next month. The weather did its best to depress offensive output in the game at North Oldham, which Spencer County won 13-0.
The Bears (7-0, 2-0 Class 4-A, District 4) ran for just 174 yards, a fraction of their state-best average (470.5 yards per game) and saw their big play capabilities dramatically reduced. Of their 38 carries, only six went for more than 10 yards.
But the elements paid no favor to the Mustangs (3-4, 0-1) either as 15 of their 44 carries lost yardage. Early in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs drove from their 22 to midfield, but they lost 25 yards on the next three plays. That forced the Mustangs to punt away instead of going for it on fourth down. They would get the ball back four plays later, after recovering a fumble, at the Bears 36, but four plays later they would give the ball back on downs.
Nonetheless, both teams took positives out of the game.
For Spencer County, coach Mike Marksbury said he told his players they had two options: they could go out and shiver or go out and embrace it.
“We hope to be able to play well in to November,” he said. “And if you do, you know you’re going to get games like this.”
North Oldham coach Billy Martin said the conditions made it difficult to evaluate how the teams really played. He felt the Mustangs moved the ball well, but certain areas of the field were worse than others and that stymied the teams.
“I like the way we competed,” he said. “The elements were horrible for both teams. You got two pretty good offenses that you didn’t really get to see because of the quagmire.”