INDEPENDENCE, Ky. – An 18-yard field goal by Tyler Smith with 11 seconds left in regulation gave visiting Simon Kenton a 23-21 win over reigning Class 4A state runner-up Collins (0-1).
Prior to that go-ahead kick, the Pioneers (1-0) were facing fourth and 1 at the Collins 17. Senior quarterback Brenan Kuntz busted a 9-yard run to the 8, and he gained seven on the next play, taking it to the 1.
Simon Kenton was unable to reach the end zone on a second-down run, and the Pioneers decided to attempt the winning kick on third down.
The Pioneers handed the Titans their first home loss in two years. Kuntz threw for 126 yards, ran for 102 more and threw a touchdown pass for the victors.
Teammate Dillon Powell carried the ball 25 times for 106 yards with two rushing scores. Receiver Grant Wassom caught five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. The defense was lead by Barry Deaton, who registered a sack and two tackles for losses.
Simon Kenton will host Holy Cross (0-1) next Friday night.
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