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Story by RANDY HEITE
South Oldham’s season came to an end Friday night as they lost to Cooper 49-28.
Cooper got started quickly with a short 5-yard run by A.J Collins. South Oldham’s Kevin Kuriger had his own 5-yard touchdown with less than a minute left in the first quarter to tie it at 7.
Cooper’s Tyler Morris would connect with Collins again for a 3-yard-touchdown, but South was not going to let Cooper have the lead for long — senior quarterback Jack Sherry ran it in from 6 yards out. At the half, South Oldham was down 21-14.
Morris would once again connect for a touchdown, this time with Avery Bricking, putting Cooper ahead 27-14. The Dragons blocked the PAT.
The Dragons weren’t going to give up if Sherry had anything to say about it, as he hooked up with Davis Culbertson for a 45 yard touchdown.
Sherry and Culbertson were not done working for the season as Sherry connected with him again, this time for a 47 yard touchdown, giving South Oldham the lead, 28-27. They entered the 4th quarter leading 28-27.
The Dragons couldn’t get anything else on the board and Cooper scored 22 unanswered points to win the game and move on to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A Gridiron Bowl where they’ll meet Franklin County.
Sherry threw for 364 yards, 92 of which were to Davis Culbertson. The defense gave up 471 yards to Cooper.
The season was one of many firsts for South Oldham: their first time to host the playoffs, their first district championship and the first time since 1996 that they have made it to the second round of playoffs.
“It’s been a great ride, but you certainly don’t ever want that ride to end,” coach Jamie Reed said. “It’s definitely tough to lose and never easy to pack up and think about next season.”
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