Kuntz's 7 TDs key Simon Kenton win over Campbell

Senior throws for 367 yards for Pioneers

By Terry Boehmker

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. – Simon Kenton senior quarterback Brenan Kuntz isn’t getting the attention he deserves from college football recruiters, according to Pioneers’ coach Jeff Marksberry.

That could soon change, however, if Kuntz continues putting up numbers like he did in his team’s 55-35 win over Campbell County in a Class 6A district game on Friday.

The third-year starter completed 20 of 27 passes for 367 yards and seven touchdowns, which set a team record. He also rushed for 80 yards on 15 carries and scored a TD.

“The kid deserves a Division I scholarship,” Marksberry said of Kuntz. “He’s the complete package. He can run it, he can throw it, and he makes good decisions. What more do you want out of a quarterback?”

Kuntz threw touchdown passes to five different receivers during Friday’s victory.  On two of them, he was scrambling to avoid a sack and still managed to connect with a teammate in the end zone. He did that on several other pass plays as well to get positive yardage.

“He’s the best quarterback we’ve played this year,” said Campbell County coach Steve Lickert. “When he runs with it he accelerates and just goes by people. He’s a special football player, that’s for sure.”

Kuntz played so well that he offset a ragged performance by the Simon Kenton defense. After taking a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, the Pioneers had a hard time nailing down the victory. Campbell County actually outscored Simon Kenton, 28-27, during the second half.

“We played really good on offensive and the defense played good at times, but we had a lot of penalties, which isn’t good for any team,” Kuntz said. “We need to get better from this. I mean we put up 55 points, which is really good for the offense, but we need to keep working and getting better.”

In the first quarter, Simon Kenton intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble on a high punt snap to get good field position for two of its touchdowns. The Pioneers also scored on a 10-play, 51-yard drive during that period to open up a 21-0 lead.

After each team scored a touchdown to make it 28-7, Campbell County moved the ball to the Simon Kenton 6 yard line late in the second quarter, but the Camels ended up turning it over on downs.

Simon Kenton put together an 80-yard touchdown drive on its first possession of the third quarter to extend its lead to 28, 35-7. But Campbell County would not fold and managed to score 28 points in the second half behind the determined play of senior quarterback Avery Wood.

Wood accounted for most of the Camels' 416 total yards. He completed 14 of 29 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 105 yards on 26 carries and scored twice.

Simon Kenton finished with 512 total yards (367 passing, 145 rushing) in the victory that lifted the Pioneers’ overall record to 7-0 and gave them a 2-0 mark in the Class 6A district standings.

But coach Marksberry wasn’t completely satisfied with his team’s effort.

“We did some things well, but we also turned the ball over and committed penalties, and I’m never happy about turnovers and penalties,” Marksberry said.

“It all comes down to execution,” he added. “The team that executes the best is the team that’s going to win the football game. Our execution at times was flawless and at other times it was just plain bad.”

SIMON KENTON 21-7-13-14–55
at CAMPBELL CO. 0-7-14-14–35
SK-Bryson 11 pass from Kuntz (Smith kick)
SK-Meenach 5 pass from Kuntz (Smith kick)
SK-Vercheak 8 pass from Kuntz (Smith kick)
CC-Wood 1 run (Knaley kick)
SK-Kuntz 3 run (Smith kick)
SK-McEntyre 11 pass from Kuntz (kick blocked)
CC-Hess 3 pass from Wood (Knaley kick)
SK-Winkler 7 pass from Kuntz (Smith kick)
CC-Wood 1 run (Knaley kick)
SK-Winkler 54 pass from Kuntz (Smith kick)
CC-Fickenscher 51 pass from Wood (kick failed)
SK-Winkler 7 pass from Kuntz (Smith kick)
CC-Howard 7 run (Hess pass from Wood)
RECORDS: Simon Kenton 7-0, 2-0 Class 6A; Campbell County 3-3, 0-1.


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