INDEPENDENCE, Ky. – One player can't beat an entire team, but Jake Chisholm did his best to accomplish that Friday night.
The Ryle senior running back ran for 448 yards on 43 carries and scored six touchdowns in a dominating 56-38 win over undefeated Simon Kenton on the losers' home field.
“Our offensive line looked awesome tonight and Jake Chisholm was unbelievable,” said Ryle head coach Mike Engler. “There is no words to describe how good Jake Chisholm is, and he’ll be successful at anything he does in life.”
CLICK on the video in this tweet to watch five of Chisholm's TD runs:
— Philip Lee (@PhilipRLee) October 21, 2017
The last Northern Kentucky running back to be credited with over 400 yards rushing was Cooper’s D’vontae Bradley, who rushed for 410 yards against Conner in 2010.
Chisholm, who entered the game with 1,528 yards, now has 1,976. He raised his season TD total from 23 to 29.
Still, Chisholm kept his remarkable accomplishment in perspective.
“The only thing that’s going through my head right now is that this was a great win for our team," Chisholm said. "We definitely needed this big win headed into the playoffs and to continue the momentum into next week against Dixie. Carry that through the playoffs and hopefully get to the state championship.”
Chisholm, who gained 188 yards on his six touchdown carries alone, gave credit to his offensive line for leading the way on his big night.
“Our offensive line had a fantastic week of practice. There were huge holes tonight. Anybody could’ve run through those holes tonight,” Chisholm said.
In the first half it was Ryle’s defense that helped the Raiders (7-2) jump out to a 28-3 advantage. Even Simon Kenton’s high powered offense could not dig out of that hole.
“Hats off to our defense in the first half," Engler said. "Our defense looked unreal in the first half and then we had some injures and had to back off a little bit.”
The Ryle defense produced three turnovers in the first half. Zach Smith returned a pick-six for a touchdown. Zach Rytlewski snagged two interceptions, giving him four on the season. Defense lineman Charles Golden was credited with three sacks in the opening half.
Chisholm put the Raiders on the board late in the first quarter with an 80-yard touchdown run.
After Simon Kenton (8-1) answered with a 29-yard field goal by Christian Segar, the Raiders put two more touchdowns on the board in rapid-fire order.
First, Stefan Clarkson caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Easton Pilyer. After the kickoff, Smith intercepted Matt Shearer’s pass and returned it 21 yards for another Ryle touchdown.
Chisholm then raced for his second touchdown on a 16-yard scamper with 4:39 left in the second quarter, extending the Ryle lead to 28-3.
The high-powered Simon Kenton offense responded with a 41-yard pass play from Shearer to Sam Murray, shaving Ryle’s lead to 28-10 at halftime.
Both teams traded scores in the second half. Chisholm scored all four of Ryle’s second-half touchdowns. Shearer threw three more touchdown passes for Simon Kenton, two to Murray and one to Hayden Fisher.
The Raiders beat the Pioneers for the second straight year.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Ryle 7-21-7-21 – 56
Simon Kenton 0-10-14-14 – 38
R – Chisholm 80-yard TD run (Molique kick).
S – Segar 29-yard field goal.
R – Clarkson 59-yard TD pass from Pilyer (Molique kick).
R – Smith with a 21-yard interception return for a TD (Molique kick).
R – Chisholm 16-yard TD run (Molique kick).
S – Murray 41-yard TD catch from Shearer (Segar kick).
S – Murray 21-yard TD catch from Shearer (Segar kick).
R – Chisholm 3-yard TD run (Molique kick).
S – Murray 24-yard TD run (Segar kick).
R – Chisholm 20-yard TD run (Molique kick).
S – Hayden 65-yard TD catch from Shearer (pass failed).
R – Chisholm 63-yard TD run (Molique kick).
S – Sergent 1-yard TD run (Shearer run good).
R – Chisholm 7-yard TD run (Molique kick).
RECORDS: Ryle (7-2); Simon Kenton (9-1)
UP NEXT: Ryle @ Dixie Heights (3-6); Simon Kenton is off.