The South Oldham Dragons, fresh off their Class 5A, Section Three championship following their 39-7 win Friday over North Bullitt, have one test remaining before the playoffs, and it’s a doozy.
South Oldham tunes up for postseason play with a home game against Shelby County. It’s a clash of two 8-1 teams that have been knocking out opponents rather than winning decisions.
In its last five games, South Oldham has averaged more than 41 points and surrendered less than seven per contest. Meanwhile, Shelby County has given up seven points or less in six of its eight wins and scored more than 50 points twice, including a 56-7 win at North Bullitt earlier this year.
South Oldham coach Jamie Reed said his team was more than happy to celebrate their fourth straight district title, but this year they would like to go further into the postseason than in seasons past. So how much does he plan to put into this game against the Rockets?
“I think you put a lot into it,” he said. “I know (Shelby County coach) Todd Shipley. He and I are good friends. Those are Christmas season bragging rights. You always want to represent well for your community. I really look at Todd as kind of a mentor, someone who has helped me before whenever I’ve had questions.”
Some question having such a tough battle the week before the playoffs. But Reed feels his team will learn much more about itself playing an opponent that can punch back.
“I think we have to be smart,” he said. “We’re very similar offensively and defensively. We always talk about moving this game to the first game of the season instead of the last, but we’ll just see how it goes. There are a lot of schools that have a bye week next week. I’m glad we have a game.”
More like a heavyweight title fight. In this corner, the South Oldham Dragons, who just finished a perfect 5-0 in their new district. And in this corner, the Shelby County Rockets, who just beat arch rival Collins 44-0. South Oldham says its are ready to rumble.