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If South Oldham fans didn't know any better, they might have thought basketball season started early as the Dragons got on the gas early Friday night and never let up, edging host Conner in a 63-57 shootout. More importantly than just a victory though, the win moves the Dragons to 1-0 in district play.
It certainly didn't come easy though as South Oldham and Conner traded blows for the better part of the evening before the Dragons finally landed a knockout punch to put the Cougars down after 1,148 total yards and 120 points.
Jack Sherry was, well, Jack Sherry-esque once again, hooking up with three different receivers for 245 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 91 yards and three scores. He also extended his streak without an interception this season to four games.
He wasn't the only Dragon with gaudy numbers though.
TiCorian Williams and Kevin Kuriger combined for 169 yards on the ground on 19 carries.
Williams added 122 yards receiving and a touchdown, while Kyle Young added 97 yards and a pair of scores on five catches. Davis Culbertson had the other touchdown on a six-yard pass.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior Drew Grimm had a memorable performance, picking off two Drew Barker passes and returning them for touchdowns, including one for 102 yards. Barker, a Division 1 quarterback prospect, holds half a dozen scholarship offers.
Barker finished 20-of-30 for 311 yards and three touchdowns.
His main target was Cameron Fogle, who caught 11 passes for 195 yards and two touchdown passes. Fogle added 72 yards on 12 rushes and three touchdowns as well as an 88-yard kickoff return.
The Dragons will return to the field next Friday as they travel to Grant County for a 7:30 p.m. showdown.
9:37- Loney 11 pass from Barker (Dunaway kick) 0-7
7:49- Sherry 4 run (Sherry kick) 7-7
3:53- Fogle 1 run (Barker pass to Padget) 7-15
1:35- Culbertson 6 pass from Sherry (Sherry kick) 14-15
1:21- Fogle 88 kickoff return (Dunaway kick) 14-22
6:18- Fogle 3 run (kick failed) 14-28
5:34- Sherry 1 run (Sherry kick) 21-28
3:07- Fogle 7 run (Dunaway kick) 21-35
1:21- Grimm 30 interception return (Sherry kick) 28-35
:13.4- Williams, 25, pass from Sherry (Sherry kick) 35-35
8:46- Sherry 1 run (Sherry kick) 42-35
5:10- Grimm 102 interception return (Sherry kick) 49-35
2:41- Fogle 14 pass from Barker (Barker run) 49-43
11:51- Fogle 45 pass from Barker (Dunaway kick) 49-50
10:28- Young 17 pass from Sherry (Sherry kick) 56-50
9:36- Barker 13 run (Dunaway kick) 56-57
5:37- Young 4 pass from Sherry (Sherry kick) 63-57