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Braves gallop over Greenup

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By Matt Birkholtz

As the homecoming festivities began on Sept. 15 with the parade from the Dry Ridge Outlet mall to Grant County High School, the big game was still another day away.

The Braves didn’t disappoint as they scored 45 points in a 30-point win over Greenup County Sept. 16.

“I think it was good for the people that came tonight to see how exciting we can be on the field and to put on a show for the home fans,” Braves coach David Arvin said. “I think that is important, but we want to bring excitement to this community and I think we took a step in that direction.”

Even with 45 points on the scoreboard at the end of the game, Arvin found areas needing improvement on offense.

“We still have a long way to go,” he said. “We left 21 points on the field and in the coach’s mind that is not good enough. We still have some work to do.”

Junior quarterback Shelby Caudill went 18-for-31 for 371 yards and three touchdowns.

“I give this credit to all of my receivers and the offensive line,” he said.

Arvin said that he has been working with Caudill on having control of the ball when he passes or hands the ball off.

“We talked about fundamentals and issues he was having and he came out and made corrections in the game,” he said. “When you play against man-to-man defense, we start licking our lips and we were able to execute on offense.”

On top of Caudill having a big game, junior Blake Dills after being named “Week 4 Player of the Week,” caught nine passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, one being a 36-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

“The tackle was the best part of that play,” Dills said. “Derek Sutherland knocked the ball out and I took it in for a touchdown. I give the credit to Sutherland for making it happen.”

Dills, who only played baseball last season, was asked to come out for the team by some friends.

“Just by talking to all of my friends and teammates, they told me that we were going to be good this year,” he said. “I got a hold of coach Arvin and he told me we’re going to be winners this year and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Arvin said he likes the play of Dills and how well he has responded since joining the team in the spring.

“He is a great player and he is a better person,” Arvin said about Dills. “Those are the kind of players we are looking for. We have had our defections and for those that have stuck around, they are the kind of guys that will get this turned around.”

“We begged him all summer and he ran some routes. After one or two times, we were saying, ‘We have to have him.’ We are thrilled to have him come out,” Arvin added.

With two wins in a row going into the bye week, Dills said you can start to see the confidence building in each player.

“We are, you can feel it in the locker,” he said. “We got two weeks to prepare for South Oldham and we will be ready for them.”

The game is still a week and half away, and with two full weeks to prepare for South Oldham (3-2), Arvin said there is still some work to do.

“One of the toughest tests remaining on the schedule is our next game with South Oldham,” he said. “We got time to get ready and prepared.”

The game at South Oldham will be played on Sept. 30. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.