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Billed as one of the biggest games of the season, Friday night’s collision between North and South Oldham certainly didn’t disappoint, taking all of four quarters and two overtime periods to crown a champion.
When the dust did finally settle however, South Oldham was the team on top, unseating the previously unbeaten Mustangs 43-42 to stake their claim as the class of the county.
South senior quarterback Jack Sherry had the biggest hand in that, contributing to every point the Dragons scored in the win.
In addition to throwing for 269 yards and five touchdowns, the senior ran for another, kicked six PATs and added a game winning two-point conversion run.
“I give all the glory to God... and my offensive line,” Sherry said after the game. “This isn’t about me at all. My line played great. I don’t even know what to say; this is for the seniors.”
Still, though the game ended favorable for the Dragons, it sure didn’t start that way though.
After surrendering the ball on fumbles in their first two drives, the Dragons came alive in the second quarter, rallying from a 14-0 deficit with 21 straight points.
Like they have all season though, North was there to answer with a punch of their own with 6:34 left in the third quarter, leveling the score with a 3-yard run by Caleb Kellogg.
Seven minutes later, they recaptured the lead once again as a 1-yard keeper from Keenan Dowd pushed the score to 28-21.
Sherry responded on the Dragons’ next drive, lofting a 40 yard strike to TiCorian Williams just over the fingertips of the North secondary.
After trading a pair of empty possessions, the Mustangs had one final shot to win it in regulation but a 35-yard field goal sailed wide left with under a minute to play.
In the first overtime period, South struck first as Williams hauled in a tough touchdown pass from Sherry before Kellogg’s 2-yard plunge tied it up once again.
Dowd dove in from 1-yard out on the Mustangs next possession, setting up Sherry’s theatrics in the game’s waning moments.
After hooking up with Davis Culbertson for a 10-yard score, Sherry saw his number called on the ensuing conversion, bullying in up the middle to end the game.
“They’re a good offense and I didn’t think we could slow them down so I figured why not,” South coach Jamie Reed said. “I asked them, ‘Hey, what do you want to do?’ Do you want to go for another round or do you want to end it right now? and they said, ‘Let’s go for it.’”
Other big performers from the game include South’s TiCorian Williams, who finished the night with 163 receiving yards and three touchdowns, and Josh Smith, who paced the Mustangs with 132 yards on 17 carries.
With the win, the Dragons move to 4-1 on the season. They’ll get another tough test next week as they travel to Hebron for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with 3-1 Conner.
North, on the other hand, will get a weak to rest during their bye week before hosting Waggener in a 7:30 p.m. game Sept. 21.
“I thought our guys played hard but, unfortunately, we made some mistakes,” North coach Billy Martin said. “They played their guts out and sometimes life isn’t fair. It stinks that you played your guts and they go for two and make a play when they have to but that’s the way it goes. They earned it.”
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