Somerset ends Cards' season 58-7

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By David Chewning

Somerset ended Taylor County High School's football season Friday night 58-7 in the first round of the play-offs.

The Briar Jumpers (8-3), who defeated the Cardinals 55-22 in regular-season play, took advantage of good field position resulting from strong special teams' play and Cardinal turnovers.

The Cardinals were guilty of six turnovers and never recovered from a 21-point Briar Jumper first quarter.

Somerset's Chad Shoemaker scored twice and Kenny Hughes once in the last four minutes of the first quarter. Hughes' second score was set up by a Cardinal turnover on the first play of their drive. Within a 33-second span, Somerset had taken a 14-0 lead and would never look back.

John Cole set up the last score of the opening quarter with a long punt return that actually would have been a score had the Briar Jumpers not been penalized during the return.

The second quarter saw 13 more points for the home team as Hughes went in from six yards out and quarterback Chase Hall found John Coomer for a 9-yard score late in the period.

The Cardinal defense stopped a late-quarter charge when Zack Mings intercepted Hall.

Cole, an all-state wide receiver candidate, hooked up with Hall for a 33-yard score in the third period stretching the lead to 41-0.

After six plays, a Lance Turpin pass was intercepted and returned to the Cardinal 11-yard line. Derrick Jackson would take it in and extend the lead to 48-0 and the remainder of the game was played under a continuous clock.

The next possession would end in another turnover and be returned for a touchdown. Somerset added a field goal late to finish its scoring.

Chris Thomas once again led the Cardinals gaining 118 yards on 21 carries and scoring the lone Cardinal touchdown late in the contest.

The Cardinals finished the 2007 campaign at 5-6.