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South takes county title with Koch's kicking in 35-8 win over Oldham County

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By Elliott Pratt

 CRESTWOOD — It didn’t happen in the fashion the Dragons wanted it to play out, but South Oldham accomplished one of its preseason goals of winning the county title.

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Senior kicker Drew Koch was the remedy for a South Oldham offense that sputtered at times. Koch was perfect on the night with five field goals to help lead South Oldham to a 35-8 win over Oldham County.

The Dragons (4-1, 1-0 Class 5-A, District 3) claim the the county title for the first time since 2012 with a win over the Colonels (0-5) and their 14-0 shutout win at North Oldham two weeks ago.

It was also the start of district play for both schools, who now compete in Class 5-A, District 3 together for the first time since 2010.

“It’s so sweet,” South senior Starr Thompson said. “We made a list of goals in the offseason and the county championship was definitely one of those things at the top of the list and it’s a sweet feeling to get that.”

South used the leg of Koch, who also plays soccer, to bail the offense out in red zone deficiencies. The Dragons made it inside the 20-yard line nine times Friday night and only scored touchdowns on three of those trips.

Koch hit a pair of field goals in the second and third quarters and one in the first. He hit a career-long 43-yard field goal late in the second quarter to help put the Dragons up 15-0 at halftime.

Koch’s five field goals was just one shy of the state record. The kicker stood on the sideline anxiously next to head coach Jamie Reed when the Dragons were driving late in the fourth quarter for a chance to tie the record, but the Dragons ran the clock out to win their fourth straight.

“I wanted it real bad,” Koch said on the field goal record. “They know now that they can trust me and hopefully we can go off that. The offense got me there so I had to finish it, so it felt nice.”

South’s offense still managed to dominate with 395 yards with a balanced rushing attack.

Shane Wilson led with 98 yards on 20 carries and quarterback Drew Zaubi broke for big runs to total 87 yards on the ground, including the game’s opening 1-yard score following a 10-play, 90-yard drive.

From that point until late in the third quarter, it was the Drew Koch kicking show.

“It’s really unbelievable because I can coach the next 20 years and never go through a field goal game like that one tonight,” Reed said. “It was field goal, field goal, field goal. I don’t know that he has a field goal attempt this year outside of a PAT. When he got those opportunities to nail them like that, it was huge. He works hard.”

Koch finished with field goals of 28, 29, 43, 36 and 27 yards. Three of those field goals came when the Dragons’ were in the red zone, which served as a statement for Oldham County’s defense, which also forced a fumble near the goal line late in the second quarter.

“Our defense really played well,” OC coach Mike Shatzer said. “Five field goals, that’s impressive for that kid, but it’s impressive for our defense to not give up cheap touchdowns. There’s no such thing as moral victories in football, but we’re proud of our kids. They played their tails off on defense and our kids came to play…(South) had a lot of opportunities to put some big points on the board and our defense just bowed up their necks and played well.”

Thompson scored on a four-yard run with 45 seconds left in the third quarter and backup QB Chandler Lightfoot scored on a two-yard run with 7:43 left to play to make South’s lead 35-0.

Colonels QB Ammon Harding helped put together a late scoring drive with four straight completions, ending in a 11-yard touchdown pass to Trey Tucker. Zach Young caught the two-point conversion.

Harding finished the night completing 7 of 16 for 80 yards with a touchdown and interception to help OC manage 129 yards of offense.

The Colonels have two-straight district home games coming up with North Bullitt next Friday and Bullitt Central on Oct. 9.

South Oldham hits the road to Nelson County next Friday.

 

South Oldham — 9  6  13  7  — 35

Oldham County — 0  0  0  8 — 8

 

First quarter

 

SO - 6:54 - Zaubi 1-yard run (PAT no good)

SO - 3:40 - Koch 28-yard field goal

 

Second quarter

 

SO - 10:12 - Koch 29-yard field goal

SO - 7:26 - Koch 43-yard field goal

 

Third quarter

 

SO - 7:53 - Koch 36-yard field goal

SO - 4:52 - Koch 27-yard field goal

SO - 0:45 - Thompson 4-yard run (Koch kick)

 

Fourth quarter

 

SO - 7:43 - Lightfoot 2-yard run (Koch kick)

OC - 5:07 - Harding 11-yard pass to Tucker (Harding pass to Young)