Simon Kenton quarterback Matt Shearer
FT. MITCHELL, KY. – Beechwood, a 1A power, gave 6A unbeaten Simon Kenton all it could handle Friday night.
The Pioneers had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to take a 22-14 victory at Edgar McNabb Field.
Simon Kenton came nowhere close to its 53 points per game average of the past three weeks.
“We didn’t play our best tonight, but making big plays is the most important thing you can do,” said senior defensive back Brayden Trattles.
Trattles had a big interception on the Beechwood 32-yard line with five minutes to go just after his team had taken the lead.
That interception and a fumble recovery by senior linebacker Justin Sabie were the difference in this game.
Sabie’s fumble recovery came in the end zone on a second and goal from the 1-yard line in the first half with the Tigers leading 7-0.
“Our defense played big,” said Simon Kenton coach Jeff Marksberry. “You had that takeaway and then Trattle’s takeaway where he came up big, and those things always make differences in ball games.”
Beechwood was able to move the football in the first half to the tune of 157 yards, but the Tigers managed only 99 in the second half.
Senior running back James Davis finished with 102 yards and both Beechwood’s touchdowns.
Simon Kenton QB Matt Shearer passed for 187 yards and ran for 77 yards and both Pioneer touchdowns.
Simon Kenton showed off another weapon in junior kicker Christian Seger, who hit three field goals after making just one in six previous games.
“Christian came through big for us tonight,” said Marksberry. “He’s got some skills and he can really kick the football and it’s nice for us to know that he’s dependable and can get us three points.”
Seger is also the leading goal scorer for Simon Kenton’s soccer team.
“A lot of people say it’s really different, but I just kick the ball the same,” said Seger. “All my soccer friends say that’s why I shank some kicks over the net.”
Marksberry looked on the bright side.
“I like the fact that our kids have responded two weeks in a row to pull victories out when we could have just as easily lost,” said Marksberry.
Simon Kenton 0 10 3 9 22
Beechwood 7 0 0 7 14
B Davis 3 run (Mescher kick)
S Shearer 8 run (Seger kick)
S Seger 34 field goal
S Seger 22 field goal
B Davis 14 run (Mescher kick)
S Shearer 1 run (2 pt fail)
S Seger 31 field goal
RECORDS: Simon Kenton (7-0); Beechwood (4-2)
UP NEXT: Simon Kenton @ Boone County (1-5); Beechwood @ Bellevue (4-2)