Saturday, October 23, 1999


Rebels clinch playoff spot

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Boone County's Timmy King ran for 287 yards and 3 TD's.
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        FLORENCE — The Shaun Alexander analogies hung heavy in the air Friday night.

        Boone County junior Timmy King continued to trample defenders like the school's famous alum, and Alexander's cousin, Charles Clifford, scored two touchdowns and made a key interception in the Rebels' 35-14 victory over visiting Ryle on Friday.

        Boone (4-5, 3-2 district) avenged three consecutive losses to its county rival, clinching a Class AAAA playoff berth in the process. Last season, a young Rebel team went 2-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.

        “We're still very young — we've only got six seniors — but we've seen improvement every week,” Boone coach Rick Thompson said.

        Ryle (5-4, 1-4) needs to beat Campbell County next week. Depending on what Scott County and Simon Kenton do, it could still win a tiebreaker for the district's fourth playoff spot.

        While Alexander continues his Heisman chase this fall at Alabama, King has been his spitting image back home. He ran for 287 yards and three TDs on 39 carries Friday.

        King's season totals are 1,360 yards and 17 TDs (5.9 avg.). He missed most of the first three games with a shoulder injury. His totals the last five weeks are eye-pop ping: 1,266 yards and 16 TDs on 206 carries (6.1-yard avgerage).

        “It's just a synchronization between me and the line,” he said. “They do their job, and I guess I do mine.”

        Thompson loves his 5-foot-10, 190-pound tailback, but thinks Alexander comparisons are unfair.

        “Shaun Alexander is one in a million,” Thompson said. “Timmy's doing a great job, though, for sure. And when you've got a horse, you've gotta ride him.”

        Clifford's connection to Alexander is even stronger: Alexander's mother, Carol, is raising him. The 5-8 junior caught the first two TD pass es of his career Friday and halted a critical Ryle second-half possession with an interception he returned 36 yards.

        “This was my best game ever,” Clifford said. “We're all starting to play well. It feels great.”

        Boone started 0-3, largely

        because of King's absence. But its only losses since are to Lexington powers Henry Clay and Bryan Station — ranked Nos.2 and 5, respectively, in AAAA.

        Four minutes before halftime Friday, Ryle led 7-0 and had 123 yards on offense to Boone's 59. But Rebels defensive back Brian Gregory intercepted a pass, and two plays later quarterback Robbie Flick hit Clifford for a 29-yard TD pass.

        After forcing Ryle to go three-and-out, Boone needed only one play to score again: King's 76-yard TD run.

        Down 14-7, it appeared Ryle was about to get a break when King had a 30-yard TD run called back by a penalty, but the Rebels struck with another Flick-to-Clifford TD pass on the next play, a 40-yarder.

        Flick finished 4-of-4 for 86 yards and two TDs — not bad, considering he was 25-of-80 for 398 yards the first eight weeks.

        Ryle senior quarterback Justin Parr, who had 1,456 passing yards going in, went 11-of-33 Friday for 143 yards and four interceptions.

        “We didn't play well,” Ryle coach Kyle Hockman said. “But we've still got a shot to play our way in. We'll keep fighting.”

        Ryle ....... 7   0   0   7—14

        Boone County ....... 0  14   7  14—35

        R—Parr 1 run (Lageman kick)

        B—Clifford 29 pass from Flick (pass failed)

        B—King 76 run (King run)

        B—Clifford 40 pass from Flick (Kuhl kick)

        B—King 12 run (Kuhl kick)

        R—Fohl 26 pass from Alig (Lageman kick)

        B—King 28 run (Kuhl kick)

        Records: BC 4-5 (3-2 district), R 5-4 (1-4).


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