For the first time in 23 years, the South Oldham High School football team is heading to the semifinals.
The Dragons completed an incredible 14-point fourth quarter comeback to knock off the North Bullitt Eagles, 45-42 Friday evening at South Oldham High School. Dragons kicker Cooper Cantrell, a Kentucky men’s soccer signee, hit the game-winning field goal with four seconds remaining to put the Dragons ahead for good.
“I don’t even know if it will be three days before I get my head wrapped around it,” South Oldham head coach Jamie Reed said of the win. “It’s one of those games where you’re feeling like you’re not stopping them and you lose some momentum on offense, and at one point you hope you find just one break.”
After North Bullitt quarterback Andrew Brown found Tyler Caummisar in the end zone for a four-yard touchdown four seconds into the fourth quarter, the Dragons found their break and scored 17-straight points.
Dragons (12-1) quarterback Drew Zaubi connected with Keenan John for a 27-yard touchdown after the Dragons recovered a fumble from Brown, and after forcing North Bullitt (9-4) to punt, a 40-yard punt return by John helped set up a three-yard touchdown run by Payden George to tie the game at 42-42.
Following a turnover on downs by the Eagles, the Dragons went 56 yards down the field, leading to Cantrell’s game-winning heroics.
“His leg is tremendous,” Reed said. “We knew all we had to do was get close enough for it.”
South Oldham will face Pulaski Southwestern in the Class 5-A semifinals.
Central 30, Lexington Catholic 7: The Yellow Jackets (8-5) scored 30-straight points to rout the Knights (7-6).
“Everybody played pretty well,” Central coach Ty Scroggins said. “They made a lot of stops when they needed. The offense was good running the ball and passing. The speed pretty much killed (Lexington Catholic) on the outside. Our outside receivers stretched the field. But it started with our running game with Corey Johnson and Chereioun Jones.”
Central quarterback James Simpson was 11 of 21 for 230 yards and two touchdowns in the air, and he also gained 30 yards on the ground. Ukrari Baker led the Yellow Jackets with four catches for 114 yards and a touchdown, and Rico White had three catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. But it was the running backs that carried Central to victory, as both Johnson and Jones broke 100 yards rushing. Johnson finished with 15 carries for 111 yards and Jones had 28 carries for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Central moves on to face old district foe Elizabethtown in the Class 3-A semifinals at Central High School.
John Hardin 52, Shelby Co. 31: The Rockets’ (11-2) season came to an end at the hands of the Bulldogs (9-4). Shelby Co. led 31-14 at halftime but the Bulldogs stormed back in the second half to win the game.