Heading into its first road game of the season, the South Oldham High School football team wanted to prove it belonged among the best teams in the state in Class 5A.
After leaving Doss following a win, the Dragons can certainly make that case.
South Oldham quarterback Drew Zaubi scored a touchdown with less than one minute remaining to lead his team to a 34-26 victory over Doss on Friday evening.
“Anytime you can win over a good team, it strengthens the program a lot and we were certainly happy to get out of their with a win tonight,” South Oldham head coach Jamie Reed said. “Doss did a good job and they’re a lot stronger than they’ve been.
“Tonight the South Oldham Dragons had a chance to prove that we deserve the No. 8 ranking in the state.”
South Oldham finished with 281 yards of offense that was evenly split between the passing game (129) and on the ground (152). Doss on the other hand threw for just 31 yards but rushed for an impressive 324 yards on 43 carries, an average of 23.1 yards per carry.
Late in the third quarter, Doss (1-1) quarterback Terez Traynor scored a touchdown to make it 26-23 for Doss, and one minute into the fourth quarter, South Oldham (2-0) tied the score at 26-26 with a 45 yard field goal.
Over the next eight minutes, the teams traded turnovers, with each team throwing an interception and coughing up a fumble. Finally, South Oldham forced a turnover on downs after Doss couldn’t convert on a 4th and three on South Oldham’s 11-yard line.
“It didn’t rain but the amount of sweat on those balls, it could have been a rain game,” Reed said. “We felt like we left three touchdowns on the field. We had three pass plays where if each of them catch the ball, they’re gone for a touchdown.
Zaubi then led his team 89 yards down the field with 4:50 left in the fourth quarter, leading to the game-winning touchdown.
Heading into a bye week, Reed said the goal for his coaching staff is to let some of the reserves and backups prove that they deserve an opportunity for more playing time.
“We’ve got to learn to trust more kids,” Reed said. “We have 97 kids on the roster and about 55 are on the varsity roster. The last two games we’ve played the same 17-18 kids, and with the heat we’ve had, I think that’s why we’ve struggled a bit. We have guys on our team who can fill a backup role. As coaches we have to give those guys an opportunity. And they have to step up and show us they deserve an opportunity.”