By John Lachmann
Simon Kenton senior Tyler Smith kicked an 18-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining to lift the Pioneers over Collins, 23-21 on Friday.
Heading into that kick, Smith had not attempted an extra point all game, as Simon Kenton went for two following each of its three touchdowns.
The Pioneers were facing fourth and 1 at the Collins 17 when senior quarterback Brenan Kuntz busted a 9-yard run to the 8. He ran the ball again on first down and was taken down at the 1.
On second down, a Simon Kenton rusher was stoned at the line of scrimmage, and the Pioneers brought on the field goal unit for the winning kick.
Collins turned the ball over on downs with 5:50 left after going for it on fourth and long, setting up Simon Kenton’s decisive drive.
Kuntz was 11-of-17 for 123 yards and a touchdown, and he also rushed 16 times for 102 yards. Sophomore Dillon Powell ran for 106 yards and two TDs on 25 carries.
Pioneers senior wide receiver Grant Wassom caught five passes for 74 yards and a score.
S. KENTON 0-6-8-9—23
at COLLINS 7-7-7-0—21
C-I. Jones 24 pass from Page (Creque kick)
SK-Wassom 8 pass from Kuntz (run failed)
C-Sames 12 pass from Page (Creque kick)
SK-Powell 1 run (Vercheak pass from Kuntz)
C-Farris 17 pass from Page (Creque kick)
SK-Powell 6 run (run failed)
SK-Smith FG 18
RECORDS: Simon Kenton 1-0, Collins 0-1.
RYLE 17, COOPER 10 – The Raiders scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes, including a game-winning 1-yard TD run by senior Zac Lamore with 27 seconds remaining.
Cooper took a 10-3 lead in the third quarter on a 64-yard touchdown reception by senior Aaron Morgan from senior Will Ludwig.
With 5:19 remaining in regulation, a Ryle punt pinned the Jaguars at their own 2. Cooper went three-and-out and booted a 16-yard punt, giving the Raiders the ball back at the Jaguars 21.
Ryle converted a fourth-and-1, and senior Kyle Bailey followed with a 11-yard TD run.
The Jaguars were unable to generate a first down and were again forced to punt. Raiders junior Jon Belk knocked a Cooper blocked into his own punt, and Ryle again took over deep in Jaguars territory with 2:01 left.
A 12-yard run by junior Ryan Woolf took it to the 1, and Lamore gave the Raiders the lead for good.
Ryle dominated in time of possession, keeping the ball for 34:30 while Cooper had it for just 13:30.
at RYLE 3-0-0-14—17
R-Bouvin FG 27
C-Turner FG 35
C-Morgan 64 pass from Ludwig (Turner 3 kick)
R-Bailey 11 run (Bouvin kick)
R-Lamore 1 run (Bouvin kick)
RECORDS: Ryle 1-0, Cooper 0-1.
SCOTT 21, WEST JESSAMINE 20 – Senior Nick Brinkman scored on a 5-yard run in the final 30 seconds to win the game for the Eagles.
Scott had stopped West Jessamine on the Eagles’ 30 yard line, and Scott’s decisive 70-yard took just two minutes.
The Colts started their final possession at their own 40, but after three incompletions, the Eagles stopped a reverse on fourth time to seal it.
Senior Josh Brinkman scored the first two Scott touchdowns.
at W.JESS. 7-0-13-0—20
S-Castleman 10 run (Berk kick)
S-Castleman 50 run (De Tatta run)
S-Brinkman 5 run (run failed)
RECORDS: Scott 1-0, West Jessamine 0-1.
NOTE: West Jessamine scoring plays were unavailable.
HOLMES 48, HOLY CROSS 14 – Sophomore Desean Brumfield threw just 10 passes, but he completed five for 235 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ win.
Senior Jon Scruggs caught two passes for 132 yards and two TDs, and he ran the ball 12 times for 85 yards and another score.
Senior Jalen Beal led the Indians with 107 rushing yards on 13 carries and seven receptions for 62 yards. He scored one touchdown on the ground and another in the air.
H. CROSS 7-0-0-7—14
at HOLMES 7-21-14-6—48
HOLY-Beal 4 pass from Hamilton (Hamilton kick)
HOLM-J. Scruggs 71 pass from Brumfield (Gullett kick)
HOLM-B. Scruggs 78 pass from Brumfield (Gullett kick)
HOLM-Wardlaw 18 pass from Brumfield (Gullett kick)
HOLM-J. Scruggs 61 pass from Brumfield (Gullett kick)
HOLM-Brumfield 46 run (Gullett kick)
HOLM-Scruggs 8 run (Gullett kick)
HOLY-Beal 74 run (Hamilton kick)
HOLM-Bright 1 run (kick failed)
RECORDS: Holmes 1-0, Holy Cross 0-1.
NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC 37, ASHLAND BLAZER 26 – Senior Mac Franzen threw a 53-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries in the quarterbacking debut for the Thoroughbreds.
Senior Jacob Smith ran for 86 yards and two TDs, and senior Jack Sutkamp chipped in 66 ground yards and one score for NewCath, which finished with 304 rushing yards.
The Thoroughbreds forced four turnovers but allowed 338 rushing yards, 238 of which came from sophomore Quentin Baker, who scored two touchdowns on 18 carries.
A. BLAZER 6-7-6-7—26
at NEWCATH 7-16-7-7—37
NCC-Smith 53 pass from Franzen (Caudill kick)
AB-Queen 13 run (kick failed)
NCC-Sutkamp 8 run (kick failed)
AB-Baker 80 run (Wesley kick)
NCC-Franzen 23 run (Caudill kick)
NCC-Caudill FG 26
AB-Baker 46 run (kick blocked)
3 run (Caudill kick)
NCC-Smith 18 run (Caudill kick)
AB-Queen 13 pass from Prince (Wesley kick)
RECORDS: NewCath 1-0, Ashland Blazer 0-1.
COVINGTON CATHOLIC 48, BOONE COUNTY 0 – Junior Adam Wagner rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another in his starting debut under center for the Colonels.
Wagner ran in TDs from 16, 4 and 18 yards out – all in the first half – and he threw an 11-yard pass for another score with seven seconds left in the second quarter.
at BOONE 0-0-0-0—0
CC-Wagner 16 run (kick failed)
CC-Dressman 4 run (Litzler kick)
CC-Wagner 4 run (Litzler kick)
CC-Wagner 18 run (Litzler kick)
CC-Braun 11 pass from Wagner (kick failed)
CC-Hatter 4 run (Litzler kick)
CC-Safety: Punt snap out of end zone
CC-McGinness 11 run (kick failed)
RECORDS: CovCath 1-0, Boone County 0-1.
CAMPBELL COUNTY 27, NEWPORT 7 – Senior Alex Howard rushed 17 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Camels.
Campbell County senior Brandon Morris opened the scoring with a six-yard TD run in the second quarter. He finished with 10 carries for 48 yards.
Newport scored on a 54-yard fumble recovery, but the Camels answered with a 76-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by junior Eli Matthews.
Campbell County intercepted four passes in the win.
at CAMPBELL 0-13-7-7—27
CC-Morris 6 run (pass failed)
CC-Howard 25 run (Knaley kick)
CC-Howard 1 run (Knaley kick)
N-Lewis 54 fumble recovery (Franco kick)
CC-Matthews 76 kickoff return (Knaley kick)
RECORDS: Campbell County 1-0, Newport 0-1.
WALTON-VERONA 21, BELLEVUE 20 – The Latimore brothers accounted for all three of the Bearcats’ touchdowns, but Walton-Verona’s defense saved the night.
Senior RB Chris Latimore scored on runs of 6 and 67 yards and junior RB William Latimore scored on a 60-yard pass from junior QB Justin Kline to give Walton-Verona a 21-6 lead in the third quarter.
Bellevue then forced three turnovers, including recovering two fumbles inside its own 5-yard line. The first led to a 2-yard rushing TD by senior RB Dylan Huff and a two-conversion pass from QB Tyler Ackerson to senior RB Justin Hatch. The second fumble was recovered in the end zone by Huff, but Huff’s 2-point conversion run was ruled just short of the goal line and the Bearcats were still clinging to a 21-20 lead with 3:53 left.
Walton-Verona’s offense went three-and-out on the next two series, but the defense responded. After Bellevue moved to the Walton-Verona 39, junior defensive end Cody Catlett came up a fourth-down sack.
On the next series, senior Eddie Hoffa’s 45-yard punt pinned the Tigers on their 20 with only 33 seconds left. Safety Ryan Burt picked off Ackerson to seal the deal.
at BELLEVUE 6-0-8-6—20
WV-C. Latimore 6 run (Hoffa kick)
B-Pointsett 69 fumble return (kick failed)
WV-W. Latimore 60 pass from Kline (Hoffa kick)
WV-C. Latimore 67 run (Hoffa kick)
B-Huff 2 run (Hazeres pass from N. Ackerman)
B-Huff recovered fumble in end zone (run failed)
RECORDS: Walton-Verona 1-0, Bellevue 0-1.
GALLATIN COUNTY 41, LUDLOW 0 – The Wildcats scored five first-half touchdowns to put the game out of reach.
at LUDLOW 0-0-0-0—0
RECORDS: Gallatin County 1-0, Ludlow 0-1.