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Cardinals take on Colonels for district title

George Rogers Clark’s football team will travel to Oldham County tonight to take on the Colonels for the district championship, the first-ever matchup between the teams.

Both teams enter the game following wins against Bryan Station and Madison Central, putting them undefeated in district play heading into the final week of district games.

A win for the Cardinals would put them, and the Colonels, at 5-4. Clark County hasn’t been over .500 since the third week of the season. A win would also give them a three-game winning streak, their longest of the season.

KHSAA’s Ratings Percentage Index favors Oldham County, a .516 RPI compared to GRC’s .444.

The team’s district games are the only common opponents they have faced this year. The Cards outscored Bryan Station and Madison Central 98-53, narrowly wider than the Colonels, who outscored them 69-28.

The Cardinals’ offense has out-gained and outscored the Colonels, racking up 2,852 yards and 234 points.

The two teams are within 170 yards of each other in rushing yards, passing yards and rushing yards allowed this season with Clark County leading the way in each category.

However, Oldham County has only allowed 664 yards through the air this season, 337 fewer than the Cards. Their passing defense, ranked first in 6A, is led by senior safety Wilson Tinnell who has two interceptions and 24 tackles on the year.

Offensively, the Cardinals have a statistical advantage at quarterback, running back and wide receiver.

GRC’s quarterback Jordan Manley has the edge over Oldham County’s Sam Young, throwing for 1,109 yards this season to Young’s 1,047. Both quarterbacks have thrown for 12 touchdowns. Manley will look to keep his game going after he had his best game of the season last week against Madison Central, throwing for 234 yards and four touchdowns.

The running back matchup is in favor of the Cardinals as well this week as two of the top 10 rushers in 6A face off. GRC’s Azariah Israel is second in 6A in touchdowns (19) and yards (1,427), while Oldham’s Juan Tapia sits at ninth in yards with 775 and 18th in touchdowns with eight.

GRC’s Dawson Gay is the leading receiver for either team and is coming off his best performance of the year as well. Following a 112-yard, three-touchdown performance against Madison Central, Gay is at 434 yards and six touchdowns on the year.

The leading receiver for the Colonels, Parker Caudill, is at 380 yards and six touchdowns on the season. Caudill, a senior, is in his first year at the receiver position after playing quarterback last season.

Oldham County has had luck this season popping the ball free on defense, forcing 11 fumbles, the third most in 6A.

The Cardinals and the Colonels are set to kick off tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Oldham County High School.