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Cooley’s 5 TDs boost Firebirds past Bunn

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Jackson Vick started the deluge for the Southern Nash High varsity football team.

Quinton Cooley emphatically finished it.

Vick broke away for a 57-yard scamper to open the scoring Sept. 4, and Cooley followed with five total TDs (four rushing, one receiving) as the Firebirds reached 3-0 with a 42-14 victory over Bunn.

“I thought we played decent at times,” Southern Nash head coach Brian Foster said. “I thought our special teams were better. Defensively, we can’t get off the field on a couple long drives, but that’s a credit to them. We’ve got to learn to get up the field more in our linebacker position when the ball comes to us and more sure tackles. But, a lot of positives too.”

While the Firebirds didn’t punt, the Southern Nash defense only took the ball away once on a Bunn fumble. That led to extended drives from the Wildcats, and just a 14-7 game after Jaylen Perry plunged in from a yard out with 4:25 to play until haftime.

But the Southern Nash double-wing attack ran for 349 yards, and Cooley hauled in a 17-yard pass from senior quarterback Matt Foster with 21 seconds remaining in the half to give the Firebirds a 21-7 halftime lead.

Cooley, a Wake Forest commit, followed with three touchdown runs in the third quarter of 57, 21 and 19 yards for the Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference.

He finished with 149 yards on just nine carries. Foster, the head coach’s son, had 84 yards on nine carries, while Vick toted the ball nine times for 88 yards.

“He’s capable, and I think down the road, that could be beneficial to us,” Brian Foster said of Matt’s running ability. “The more he does it now, the more comfortable he’ll be with it later. I think Jackson has come along well, and Daylon Whitley and Zach Jones are still capable at fullback. We’ve got some pieces, we’ve just got to make sure they’ve got confidence and make sure they can make some plays.”

Bunn remained winless in three tries.

The Firebirds visit South Granville this Friday.

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