By Michael Collins
EDGEWOOD, Ky. – Dixie Heights scored 38 straight points en route to a 38-7 victory over Turpin at Rice Mountjoy Stadium on Friday.
The Colonels were able to cruise past the Spartans by holding them to just 40 yards of offense in the second half. But it wasn’t just the defense that helped complete the dominating performance, as the Dixie Heights offense accounted for 258 rushing yards.
“We did a great job – our power running is getting pretty good,” Dixie Heights’ junior quarterback Drew Moore said. “I like our running backs back there.”
Turpin (1-2) opened the game with an impressive drive highlighted by a 55-yard pass by junior quarterback Patrick Fetch to junior receiver David Eckert that put the Spartans near the end zone. Senior running back Spencer Singh capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to give Turpin an early lead.
Dixie Heights (2-1) answered quickly as Moore led the Colonels down field on its opening drive, capped off by Moore’s 23-yard TD run with 6:25 left in the first quarter.
On Dixie Heights’ ensuing possession Moore exploited another hole in Turpin’s defense, running for a 39-yard touchdown to give the Colonels the lead.
“Their defensive ends were coming down real hard and I just found a hole up inside,” Moore said. “I just took off and used my speed.”
Early in the second quarter, Dixie Heights scored once again, but it was the defense that generated the points. Sophomore defensive back Ethan Schulte picked off Fetch and returned the interception 90 yards for a TD.
Just before the intermission the Colonels struck the end zone again on a 3-yard TD pass by Moore to senior receiver Evan Hicks.
Dixie Heights went into the locker room having scored 28 straight points.
The Colonels’ defense tightened even more in the latter half. Turpin had five drives during the second half, each ending with a punt.
Dixie Heights scored twice more late in the game, as Moore threw another TD and Schulte kicked a 37-yard field goal.
Dixie Heights held Turpin to 194 yards of total offense. Fetch finished the contest just 13-of-27 for 145 yards and one interception, which was returned for a touchdown.
Sophomore running back Adrian Baker, who leads the Spartans in rushing, was held to 10 carries for 27 yards. Singh recorded 19 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
“The defense has stepped up so much better than last year – they are 110% better,” Dixie Heights’ junior quarterback Drew Moore said. “We have so many leaders on the defensive side, our middle linebacker Brendon Fisk is doing a great job and we have some good corners too.”
Moore was 11-of-16 for 140 passing yards and two TDs. He rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Colonels senior running back Darion Washington had 68 yards on 14 carries as the team finished with 398 total yards of offense.
Dixie Heights will host Newport Central Catholic (1-3), while Turpin goes on the road to Kings (2-1) on Sept. 20.