Saturday, October 09, 1999
Dixie Heights 35, Holmes 13
Colonels show they're for real - Highlands next
BY PETE HOLTERMANN
Holmes is no longer unbeaten. Dixie Heights is no longer unproven.
Dixie's Tom Unkraut make a catch as he's pursued by Holmes' Simar Rice.
(Steve Shaffer photo)
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The Colonels, who had manhandled lesser opponents all season, erased any question about their championship potential Friday night with a 35-13 beating of the visiting Bulldogs. They used a 268-yard rushing performance from senior Jason Soden to cruise to the critical Class 3A district victory.
Dixie (6-1), ranked No.7 in the 3A state poll, ran 55 times for 359 yards and played sharp, ball-control offense. Holmes (6-1), ranked 11th in 3A, was stung by four turnovers and several costly penalties.
Dixie's victory now sets up a titanic meeting with Highlands (6-1) on Friday in Fort Thomas. The winner probably will claim the 3A district crown and could claim home-field advantage all the way to the state finals.
Dixie set the tone Friday with a 75-yard scoring drive on its first possession. The Colo nels ran on all but two plays on the drive, scoring on Soden's 40-yard run down the left sideline with six minutes to go in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs tried to respond, but after a penalty forced them back five yards to start the ensuing drive, Eddie Bane had the ball knocked loose by Soden, and Tom Unkraut pounced on it.
When you play a football team like (Dixie), you have to play mistake-free, Holmes coach John Vander Meer said. We didn't do that.
On the second play from scrimmage after the turnover, Dixie quarterback Chris Unkraut completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Andy Schneider on a flea-flicker play the Colonels inserted into their playbook just this week.
Dixie added another touchdown, thanks to the defense setting up great field position that allowed the Colonels to start on the Bulldogs 37.
Holmes countered with a 61-yard drive in the closing minutes of the half, scoring with 33 seconds left on an 11-yard pass from Brian Ferguson to Jerry Weaver to trail 21-7 at the break.
The ground attack led Dixie to another score to open the second half. A drive that fea tured just one pass ended with a Scott Stamper 3-yard TD run.
Once we got the first score of the second half, I thought it was time for us to grind it out, Dixie coach Tom Spritzky said.
Soden's 35 carries dominated the game and the clock. He capped his scoring by diving across the goal line after a 12- yard run in the fourth quarter. He also caught an interception to go with his forced fumble.
The line stepped it up tonight, Soden said. They were firing off the ball and sticking their blocks all night. I just tried to hit the holes.
With his yardage Friday, Soden went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He now has 1,145 yards and 13 TDs.
Holmes ....... 0 7 0 613
Dixie Heights ....... 14 7 7 735
DSoden 40 run (Rolfes kick)
DSchneider 32 pass from C.Unkraut (Rolfes kick)
DT.Unkraut 26 pass from C.Unkraut (Rolfes kick)
HWeaver 11 pass from Ferguson (Rankin kick)
DStamper 3 run (Rolfes kick)
DSoden 12 run (Rolfes kick)
HEngelmon 12 run (conversion failed)
Records: Dixie 6-1 (2-0 dist.), Holmes 6-1 (1-1).
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Aiken 30, Taft 0
Anderson 14, Harrison 7
Batavia 20, Bethel-Tate 14
Bellevue 17, Beechwood 0
Blanchester 44, Clinton-Massie 0
CCD 47, Landmark Christian 7
Chaminade 38, Badin 0
CHCA 42, Clermont Northeastern 18
Dixie Heights 35, Holmes 13
East Central 42, Greensburg 0
Elder, 28, Moeller 18
Finneytown 32, Taylor 0
Harrison County 29, Grant County 12
Highlands 49, Scott 21
Indian Hill 33, Reading 7
Kings 49, Ross 16
Lakota East 28, Colerain 25
Lakota West 23, Hamilton 14
Lebanon 41, Goshen 7
Lexington Bryan Station 63, Simon Kenton 14
Lexington Henry Clay 56, Boone County 28
Loveland 44, Norwood 29
Ludlow 51, Dayton 13
Madeira 28, Mariemont 25
Mason 31, Northwest 7
Mason Co. 41, Newport 26
McNicholas 28, Purcell Marian 7
Milford 17, Princeton 10
New Richmond 35, Hillsboro 6
Newport Central Catholic 45, Holy Cross 23
North College Hill 27, Lockland 13
Oak Hills 33, Trotwood Madison 23
Roger Bacon 23, Alter 21
Ryle 25, Franklin County 20
St. Xavier 31, La Salle 10
Summit 34, New Miami 0
Sycamore 28, Middletown 15
Talawanda 23, Franklin 13
Turpin 14, Amelia 6
Valley View 63, Middletown Madison 10
Walnut Hills 44, Woodward 8
Western Hills 40, Withrow 0
Williamsburg 68, Western Brown 21
Winton Woods 32, Glen Este 15
Wyoming 32, Deer Park 6