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Football: South Oldham visits Collins

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By Brad Stephens

South Oldham also had its opener canceled due to inclement weather. The Dragons were supposed to play at West Jessamine late last Friday in the second game of the Visitnich.com Bowl.

But West Jessamine administration canceled the game due to lightning and did so a little earlier than South coach Jamie Reed expected.

Now South will play defending 4A state champion Collins Friday in Shelbyville having played just a three-quarter scrimmage against Shelby County Aug. 15.

Collins lost 33-14 at Simon Kenton in its opener last week.

“You certainly want to have more than three quarters under your belt before you go and play a defending state champ,” Reed said. “But it is what it is and we weren’t the only team that was affected by this.”

The Dragons are facing a Titan team that it lost to 41-14 last year. Collins graduated much of its talented 2013 starting lineup, including Western Kentucky University freshmen Dre’ Farris and Masai Whyte.

Linebacker Antuan “Bushy” Wells is the defensive standout for the Titans. Receiver Eric Burk takes over as their best offensive threat.

“I tell you what, they’re awesome,” Reed said of Collins. “You see why they’re the defending state champs.

“They’ve got a lot of new faces but if you look on the field they’re just as athletic as they were last year. They’ll be a very formidable opponent.”

Friday will mark the first career start for new South quarterback Michael McGee.

It’ll also start the senior seasons of talented players like linebacker Connor John, fullback Kevin Kuriger and lineman Tyler Covington.

“I like our chances,” Reed said. “What we do offensively and defensively and special teams, we like to think it gives our kids the best chance to be successful. It’s a great opportunity to test ourselves and see if our theory is correct.”

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