Jack Sherry has completed 53 of 97 passes for 1,063 yards and 14 touchdowns with one interception this season. As a junior in basketball, he averaged 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds.
The Courier-Journal: Didn’t you get a late start in football?
Sherry: I used to play soccer, but my middle school coach (Tim Kelly) told me I was more suited to play football. I started playing football in the seventh grade. At first, I played tight end. I didn’t start playing quarterback until my freshman year. I love it and can’t imagine myself playing any other position.
What have been your best games?
Probably the North Oldham and Conner games. I threw five touchdown passes and ran for one touchdown against North Oldham (43-42 win). It was 35-35. We scored in the second overtime and went for two points (on the conversion try). I ran it in. I had four touchdown passes and ran for three against Conner (a 63-57 victory).
The Dragons play host to Cooper (6-1 and ranked No. 11 statewide in The CJ’s Litkenhous Ratings) on Friday. How important is that game?
It’s huge. If we win we will be in first place in our district and could win the district for the first time. That’s our biggest goal.
What’s been your biggest thrill in football?
Beating North Oldham and Oldham County (42-18) this year. That’s only the second or third time South has done that.
How did you get interested in the medical field?
My Mom works for Humana and is a registered nurse.
You have no college scholarship offers yet, but what schools are you thinking about?
U of L (Louisville) wants me to walk on, but I plan to visit some Ivy League schools. I’m looking at Harvard, Dartmouth, Penn, Yale and Princeton.
How do you spend your free time?
Usually at a friend’s house, but I don’t have much free time. I’m busy with my school work and basketball starts after football. I watch college football more than the pros, but I still like the NFL.
JACK SHERRY UP CLOSE
School: South Oldham.
Sport: Football, basketball.
Student-athlete: Sherry is in the National Honor Society with a 4.3 GPA. He is interested in studying pre-med at an Ivy League school.
Family: Sherry lives with his mother, Pam. He has two brothers, Matt (28) and John (26), and a sister, Elizabeth (21).
Coach Jamie Reed: “Jack is one of those guys you hope to get a chance to coach, but there are a lot of years in between when those kind of kids come along. I’m glad to have had that chance. He is an excellent kid, a great leader.”
— Bob White