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Friday Football Preview: South hosts high-scoring Shelby County, Colonels hope to avoid winless season vs. Jeffersontown

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By Elliott Pratt

 

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South Oldham (8-1) vs. Shelby County (8-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

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South Oldham already knows its opponent in the first round of the playoffs, but there’s still one more regular season game to go, and that opponent may prove the toughest.

The Dragons will host Shelby County Friday for Senior Night in a game that matters more for pride than anything else.

Both teams clinched district titles last week with South’s dominating 39-7 win at North Bullitt and Shelby’s 44-0 shutout over Collins.

The Rockets have made waves in its first year in Class 4-A after dropping from 5-A where it went 3-8 last year.

Shelby’s fifth-ranked offense in 4-A averages 39.4 points per game heading into this regular season finale.

That kind of offense is what senior defensive end Chauncey Mills says gives the South defense its motivation, which isn’t too bad itself.

The Dragons defense ranks second in Class 5-A by only allowing 9.9 points per game.

“A lot of teams have been able to put up points, but that makes us more motivated to work through the week and we’ll put in extra work after practice and I think even looking at our numbers it’ll be a good game,” Mills said. “It’s kind of good to lose one or two games in a season, but we’re not looking to losing games. We’re on a hot streak right now and I don’t think anything can stop us right now.”

The Dragons haven’t lost since its season opening 32-20 defeat at Anderson County in August.

South is already scheduled to host Southern (3-6) next week at Dragon Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Head coach Jamie Reed wants his Dragons’ to keep their edge against Shelby County, but he’s also looking ahead to next week.

“It’s one of those that’s a pride game,” Reed said after South’s win at North Bullitt last week. “You want to win that game, but at the same token, at what risk? Hopefully we can perform solid enough to get our guys some rest.”

South’s defense will have the job of stopping two of the top scorers in 4-A in Malik Manica and Michael Perry. 

Manica has rushed for 1,136 yards and 12 touchdowns this season and Perry has 13 touchdowns.

 

Oldham County (0-9) vs. Jeffersontown (2-7)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

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Oldham County hosts Jeffersontown in the regular season finale as the Colonels hope to avoid a winless season.

OC lost 38-14 last week at Bullitt East to drop to 0-5 in Class 5-A, District 3. The closes the Colonels have come to a win was their 18-7 loss at Nelson County where they let a 7-6 lead slip away.

Jeffersontown enters the contest 2-7 with a 6-A playoff game against Male locked up next week.

OC defeated J-town 35-14 to end the regular season last year.