The second-round Class 6A matchup between the Simon Kenton Pioneers and the Campbell County Camels was close early on, but Simon Kenton (11-1) outscored their foes 29-0 in the third quarter to advance with a 57-14 victory.
Campbell County (4-8) got on the board on their first drive with a first-quarter TD.
The Pioneers didn’t waste much time, though, before responding with a score less than one minute later. After a two-point conversion, they led 8-7.
Both teams added a second quarter touchdown, including a TD by the Camels as time was expiring in the first half. With things knotted up 14-14 at the half, the contest was very much in doubt.
The doubt wouldn’t last long. Simon Kenton put their first third-quarter points on the board quickly and found the end zone three more times before the frame ended. The Pioneers added two more scores late to pull away.
Luke Vance had a night to remember: he found the end zone four times and registered 211 total yards to pace the Pioneers. The Simon Kenton defense did its part, too, and came away with three interceptions.
Quarterback Cam Racke completed 6-of-10 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Teammate Matt Shearer threw for 126 yards and two more scores. Senior Dylan Hampton tallied 149 yards and one score of his own on 15 carries.
Simon Kenton will host Lafayette Nov. 18 in the round of eight in KHSAA Class 6A playoff action.