Sunday, September 05, 1999

Ryle 25, Covington Catholic 20

Raiders get first win over Colonels

Enquirer contributor

CovCath's Cole Chadwick is taken down by Ryle's defense.
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        The Ryle Raiders put Covington Catholic coach Lynn Ray's 200th victory celebration on hold, scoring two touchdowns in the final 2:15 to edge the Colonels 25-20 at Ryle High School on Saturday night.

        It was Ryle's first victory over Covington Catholic in school history.

        “I'm a big believer in Bill Walsh's theory of the first and last four minutes being the most important,” first-year Ryle coach Kyle Hockman said. “Those two spans were the difference tonight.”

        The Raiders set the tone on the opening play, when Scott Johns sprinted 85 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff.

        “The kickoff return was crucial,” Hockman said, “It made us believe instantly that we were as good as them.”

        The Raiders carried their confidence into the fourth quarter. Senior quarterback Justin Parr engineered two fourth-quarter touchdown drives and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback keeper with 10 seconds remaining.

Ryle's Travis Grant drives through a crowd of CovCath players.
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        Johns sealed the victory with an interception on the final play of the game.

        Ryle took a 13-12 lead into the fourth quarter, but Covington Catholic took the lead with 5:10 remaining on Cole Chadwick's 1-yard touchdown, his second of the game.

        The Colonels seemed to have the game in hand, but Ryle never quit.

        The Raiders drove 74 yards in less than three minutes, capped by a Nick Blair's 5-yard touchdown reception. Parr completed five-of-six passes for 55 yards on the drive.

        Covington Catholic retained a 20-19 lead after a missed extra point.

        “After we missed the extra point I saw concern in our players faces, I asked them if they wanted to be the team that gave Lynn Ray his 200th victory,” Hockman said.

        Instead of attempting an onside kick, Hockman put faith in his defense and kicked the ball away. The defense came through and held.

        With 1:31 remaining, Ryle took over. “I knew I had to keep the team positive on the last two drives,” Parr said, “If the line gave me time I would find the receivers.”

        The Raiders surprised Covington Catholic on the first play of the drive with a 15-yard Travis Grant run. Parr followed with a 15-yard dump pass to Grant and the Raiders were on the move.

        A pass interference call and a 19-yard pass to Parr's favorite target, Mike Setters, moved Ryle to the one with 31 seconds on the clock.

        As for Ray, he was dissatisfied with his team's performance.

        “This was a bad performance and I'm highly disappointed,” Ray said, “Next week we will play better and I will coach better.”

        Ray will again try for his 200th victory next Saturday when the Colonels play host to St. Francis DeSales.

        Cov. Catholic ....... 0  6  6   8—20

        Ryle ....... 6  0  7  12—25

        R—Johns 85 kickoff return (kick blocked)

        CC—Chadwick 75 run (kick failed)

        CC—Burke 40 pass from Deitz (pass failed)

        R—Grant 15 run (Lageman kick)

        CC—Chadwick one run (Applegate pass from Deitz)

        R—Blair five pass from Parr (kick failed)

        R—Parr 1 run (pass failed)

        Records: R 2-0, CC 2-1.


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