The Conner Cougars locked up the fourth and final district playoff spot in 6A with a thrilling 46-40 win over Conner on Friday night.
On a night that belonged to the offenses, it was the Conner (5-5, 2-3) defense that made the night's biggest plays. Cooper (2-7, 0-5) had three cracks from a yard out as time was expiring, but the Cougars' defense held Jaguars' running back Dvontae Bradley, who set a new Northern Kentucky state single-game rushing record, out of the end zone on three straight plays.
Bradley ran for an unprecedented 410 yards and five touchdowns on 41 carries in the loss. It marked the 15th best rushing game in state history. The senior got four of his touchdowns and 242 yards in the first half.
Cougars' quarterback Cy Smith did his part to match the performance. The senior ran for five touchdowns and threw for two more scores in the win.
Conner gets a week off before the playoffs begin while Cooper travels to Newport to round out its 2010 campaign.