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Cardinals Fall to Cooper; Finish With Best Record Since 2009

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Sophomore Azzy Israel shined brightly Friday night, rushing for over 100 yards and three touchdowns.

Sophomore Azzy Israel shined brightly Friday night, rushing for over 100 yards and three touchdowns.

Sophomore Azzy Israel shined brightly Friday night, rushing for over 100 yards and three touchdowns.

Nick Hounshell, Editor-In-Chief

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GRC finished the regular season with a 40-0 thrashing of Bourbon County, giving the Cardinals high hopes heading into their state tournament opener against the Cooper Jaguars.

The clash between the 7-3 Cardinals and 4-6 Jaguars started with a three & out by the GRC offense.

Cooper’s opening drive found the end zone for their first lead.

Will Henry’s pass would be intercepted and ran back for a pick-six on the second GRC drive.

After the Cards found themselves down 14 early, GRC would kick it into high-gear and retaliated on Azzy Israel’s 14 yard rushing touchdown.

The Cards trailed 14-6 at halftime.

The third quarter started with a bang.

A deep pass by the Jaguar quarterback would take an unlucky deflection of the Cardinal defender’s helmet and into the Cooper receiver’s hands, resulting in a 21-6 lead.

GRC marched down the field and cut the lead back down to eight points, thanks to two big runs by Israel, totaling 49 yards.

Cooper kept up the barrage with a 41 yard pass and catch on their next drive.

On GRC’s next drive, Henry’s pass would find the hands of a Cooper defender, giving the Jaguars great position to strike again.

The Cards’ miscues continued on the kickoff, as a fumble recovered by Cooper set up the visitors with another easy score.

Cooper took a 42-13 lead into the final quarter.

Cooper struck again early in the fourth, but a 78 yard carry by Israel set the Cards up with a score of their own – Israel’s third of the night.

The final score of the night was 48-21.

GRC finishes with a successful season, despite the loss.

The Cards earned the best record since 2009, the first time hosting a playoff game since 2014, and the top regular-season rusher in 6A.

In two seasons, Coach Lucas has coached a team that won one game in two seasons to new heights. Through his first two seasons, Lucas holds a 12-10 record.

About the Writer
Nick Hounshell, Editor-In-Chief

Nick Hounshell is a Senior and second-year Smoke Signals member. His favorite animal is a lemur, his favorite movie is Arrival, and he is on the golf team at GRC.

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