Saturday, October 02, 1999

Simon Kenton 31, Ryle 28


Pioneers gets a 76-point swing

        That Simon Kenton won a football game Friday night was impressive enough, considering its inconsistencies this fall. That it upset the state's 10th-ranked Class AAAA team, a week after losing a game by 73 points, made the feat fantastic.

        The Pioneers' 31-28 victory Friday at Ryle is one of the biggest upsets in Northern Kentucky this season. They dismissed their 82-9 defeat to Lexington Henry Clay the previous week and rallied late for a critical AAAA district victory.

        “It was really tough for our kids to come back after the huge loss last week,” Pioneers coach Roy Lucas Jr. said. “We just told the kids there were games left we could win, and if we won this week we could get back in the race.

        “I'm really proud of these kids because they believed. And because they believed and worked hard for it, it happened.”

        Simon Kenton (3-4) scored the winning touchdown on a 65-yard Daniel Morrison run with seven minutes left to play. It needed a critical stand to hang on.

        In the final two minutes, Ryle moved the ball and secured a first-and-goal on Simon Kenton's 2 with 24 seconds left. With no timeouts remaining, Ryle quarterback Justin Parr tried to hit Mike Setters with a pass, but Simon Kenton senior Justin Cristello intercepted it in the end zone.

        Morrison rushed for 125 yards and two TDs, and Ballinger passed for 187 yards and three TDs.

        Ryle junior Travis Alig rushed for 146 yards and two TDs on 17 carries, and Travis Grant added 124 yards on 24 carries.

        Simon Kenton .......  0  17  7  7—31

        Ryle ....... 7  14  0  7—28

        R—Grant 2 run (Lageman kick)

        S—Smock 31 FG

        R—Setters 3 pass from Parr (Lageman kick)

        S—Arens 20 pass Ballinger (Smock kick)

        R—Alig 1 run (Lageman kick)

        S—Arens 40 pass from Ballinger (Smock kick)

        S—Morrison 27 pass from Ballinger (Smock kick)

        R—Alig 3 run (Lageman kick)

        S—Morrison 65 run (Smock kick)

        Records: SK 3-4 (1-2 AAA Dist. 6), R 3-3 (0-3).

       



Sports Stories
Cincinnati football scores
N.Ky. football scores
SE Indiana football scores
Today's football games
Top performers
How ranked teams fared
Ohio football scores
CovCath hopes to end slide against Highlands
Indiana football scores
Kentucky football scores
Anderson 35, Glen Este 14
Badin 14, Roger Bacon 7
Batavia 20, Hillsboro 19
Beechwood 52, Dayton 0
Bellevue 51, Holy Cross 6
Bethel-Tate 22, Williamsburg 20
Blanchester 14, East Clinton 0
Boone County 39, Campbell County 21
Bourbon County 22, Grant County 7
CHCA 42, North College Hill 27
Cincinnati Country Day 42, Summit Country Day 7
Clermont NE 14, Western Brown 6
Deer Park 35, Mariemont 19
East Central 20, Lawrenceburg 0
Edgewood 36, Dayton Stebbins 0
Elder 28, La Salle 10
Fairfield 28, Lakota East 7
Hamilton 14, Middletown 10
Harrison 18, Turpin 12
Holmes 28, Conner 25
Hughes 41, Taft 14
Indian Hill 34, Finneytown 14
Kings 56, Little Miami 24
Lakota West 14, Colerain 3
Landmark Christian 47, New Miami 20
Lebanon 15, Loveland 7
Lemon-Monroe 27, Franklin 12
Mason 42, Amelia 7
Mason County 50, Lloyd 20
Middletown Madison 43, New Lebanon-Dixie 0
Mount Healthy 54, Woodward 23
New Richmond 14, Clinton Massie 7
Newport 36, Fleming County 14
Norwood 28, Wilmington 20
Purcell Marian 14, Kettering Alter 6
Ross 40, Goshen 0
- Simon Kenton 31, Ryle 28
St. Xavier 21, Moeller 19
Sycamore 14, Princeton 10
Talawanda 20, Fenwick 19
Taylor 7, Reading 3
Western Hills 56, Aiken 19
Winton Woods 24, Northwest 0
Wyoming 29, Madeira 28

Playoff hopes on hold
Brewers 4, Reds 3
Dodgers 5, Astros 1
Mets 3, Pirates 2
Box, runs
Time to celebrate Reds is now
Arizona playoffs start at 11:09 p.m.
Griffey to interview with Rockies
Marge Schott's official statement
Schott: A 'heartbreaking' end
Reds ownership restructured
Copeland tired of failure
Coslet apologizes for Carter flap
Rams change with Vermeil