UNION, Ky. – Ryle’s theme going into this season was “RTD”, or Return to Dominance.
And the Raiders (1-0) took a step toward that goal on Friday by edging Cooper, 17-10 in a game that went down to the final minute of play.
Ryle’s defense came up huge all night long. In the first quarter, its defense came up with two big plays – an interception by Kyle Bailey and a blocked punt by Jon Belk. The teams traded field goals in the first quarter and went into halftime tied at three.
Midway through the third quarter, Will Ludwig connected on a 64-yard touchdown from to Aaron Morgan for the Jaguars’ lone touchdown, giving Cooper a 10-3 lead.
Ludwig finished 11-of-21 for 172 yards, one TD and one interception, and Morgan caught four passes for 85 yards.
Ryle’s offense finally got in gear in the fourth quarter, scoring two late touchdowns. The first was an 11-yard Kyle Bailey run with 2:45 left in the game to tie the score at 10.
Then John Belk blocked his second punt of the game, setting up the Raiders on Cooper’s 21 yard line with 2:01 left. Zac LaMore finished off Cooper (0-1) with a 1-yard touchdown run with 21 seconds left in the game.
The Raiders defense held the Jaguars’ ground game to eight yards on 13 carries.
Ryle will visit Scott County next week. Cooper will face Newport Central Catholic at Dixie Heights.