By John Lachmann
A pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns less than three minutes apart ended Simon Kenton’s bid for an unbeaten season.
The score was tied at 14 entering the final period but those TDs resulted in the Pioneers falling, 29-14 in a Class 6A state quarterfinal at Louisville Butler on Friday.
Simon Kenton opened the scoring midway through the first quarter when sophomore Dillon Powell ran in a touchdown from 12 yards out.
But the Bears found the end zone twice in the second quarter to take a 14-7 halftime lead.
Pioneers senior quarterback Brenan Kuntz hooked up with senior wide receiver Grant Wassom for a 21-yard touchdown less than three minutes into the second half, tying the score.
But Butler punched in a TD on a 15-yard pass and another just 2:45 later on a short run to seal the game.
Kuntz went 7-for-20 for 120 yards and one touchdown. Powell ran the ball 13 times for 64 yards and one TD, and Wassom was held to three catches for 34 yards including his score.
Butler outgained Simon Kenton, 356-290 and dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for 28:28 vs. 19:32 for the Pioneers.
S. KENTON 7-0-7-0—14
at BUTLER 0-14-0-15—29
SK-Powell 12 run (Smith kick)
B-Morton 53 punt return (Miles kick)
B-Morton 78 pass from Johnson (Miles kick)
SK-Wassom 21 pass from Kuntz (Smith kick)
B-Morton 15 pass from Johnson (Miles kick)
B-Hines 4 run (Newton pass from Turk)
RECORDS: Butler 11-2, Simon Kenton 12-1.
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Senior right-hander Rachel Carroll tossed a one-hitter as Campbell County blanked Lloyd.
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Freshman center fielder Hailey Nicholas singled up the middle with no outs in the bottom of the eighth to lift Cooper to a win over Campbell County.
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