Holmes High School scored a touchdown with under two minutes to play in the game to seal their 28-20 victory over the Cooper Jaguars on Friday night at Cooper High School.
The Bulldog's quarterback Jesse Jenson threw a deep pass down the field on third down and connected with receiver Dasean Peterson, who was tackled at the Cooper five yard line. On the ensuing play, Damian Oden scored on a five yard touchdown run to put the game out of Cooper's reach.
"It was a physical football game and are game is not physical, you know its more finesse," Holmes head coach Stephen Lickert said. "I really liked how our guys stepped up. We know we needed big plays and we made them. Great players make great plays at great times and that's what happened today."
The Bulldogs scored first on a Jenson one-yard rushing touchdown with six minutes left in the first quarter. Cooper answered at the end of the quarter with a one-yard touchdown plunge by running back Dvontae Bradley. Just before the break, Jenson completed a short touchdown pass to Oden to give Holmes a 14-7 lead.
The Bulldogs fumbled on the kick-off return and the Jaguars recovered the ball to start the second half. Quarterback Tyler Morris drove down the field, leading to a touchdown pass to receiver Nick Ballinger, which knotted the score at 14-14. Holmes quickly regained a seven point lead on a 52-yard drive led by Jenson, taking a 21-14 advantage into the fourth quarter.
With less than five minutes to go in the game Holmes fumbled on a running play and the Jaguars fell on the ball. Morris slithered through the Bulldog defense for a 46-yard touchdown run to bring Cooper within one point. The Jags went for two points to take the lead, but the conversion was no good.
Jenson's long pass down field that led to another Bulldog's score put the nail in the coffin.
"I stepped up to the pocket, that's our deep ball," Jenson said. "Dasean was spread out wide one-on-one, he's a great receiver. I threw it as deep as I can, he ran under it almost scored and then we went down and scored."
Jenson completed 5-for-13 of his passes for 147 yards and one touchdown pass against the Jaguars. Jenson also tallied 45 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Peterson grabbed four passes for 107 yards on the night, and Oden caught two passes for 24 yards and one touchdown. Oden had 28 yards and one rushing touchdown.
Cooper's offense recorded a total of 278 yards in the contest. Quarterback Tyler Morris passed for 119 yards and a touchdown and he rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown. Bradley rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Bulldog's defense.
Holmes (3-0) will travel to Paris, Ky. for their next match up against Bourbon County (0-2) and Cooper (1-2) will try and rebound as they host Lloyd Memorial High School (1-2) on Sept. 17.
Written by: Mike Collins, TriStateFootball.com