Saturday, October 30, 1999
Holmes 30, Scott 9
What a turnaround: Holmes playoff-bound
BY GEORGE RORRER
COVINGTON Holmes High School completed a dramatic reversal of fortune Friday night when it beat Scott 30-9 and earned a spot in the playoffs.
Holmes' Antwan Curry and Scott's Jared Reynolds chase a fumble.
(Josh Biggs photo)
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Holmes' victory gave it a 7-3 record and a date next weekend against powerful Franklin County at Frankfort.
It also let the Bulldogs seniors achieve a goal they set for themselves after a 1-9 finish last year, coach John Vander Meer said.
Seniors left their fingerprints all over Friday night's victory:
All-purpose quarterback Brian Ferguson rushed 15 times for 104 yards and completed 12 of 20 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Eddie Bane scored a touchdown and gained 93 yards on 12 carries.
Receiver Jerry Weaver caught eight passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
And running back Marco Hallman scored two touchdowns, one on a 1-yard plunge and the other on a 30-yard pass reception.
That's a tremendous accomplishment for the kids, Vander Meer said. They worked hard for this.
I'm really proud of this group. They were the first freshmen I got when I came here four years ago, and that's always kind of special. They've done a lot for our program.
Holmes had lost to Covington Catholic and Highlands the previous two Fridays, but Ferguson said the victory got the Bulldogs back on track.
We had a good week of practice, and we were focused, he said. Now we just want to make a run in the playoffs.
Ferguson put Holmes ahead for good when he scored on a 7-yard run with 2:09 left in the first quarter. Hallman's two touchdowns gave the Bulldogs a 21-3 halftime lead.
Holmes fattened the margin to 30-3 on Hughes' field goal and Bane's 4-yard touchdown plunge. Scott's lone touchdown came on a 4-yard run by junior quarterback Mike Bell with 2:12 left to play.
Bell gained 97 yards on 18 carries but went 1-for-9 passing with two interceptions.
Holmes, which had four touchdowns called back, overcame 13 penalties for 139 yards.
Vander Meer said he knows little about Franklin County except that, They have good speed, and if they won tonight, they ended up 9-1.
The Flyers shut out Anderson County 47-0.
Scott ....... 0 3 0 6 9
Holmes ....... 10 14 7 030
H - Weaver 35 pass from Ferguson (Hughes kick).
S - FG Duncan 33.
H - Hallman 1 run (Hughes kick).
H - Hallman 30 pass from Ferguson (Hughes kick).
H - FG Hughes 22.
H - Bane 4 run (kick failed).
S - Bell 3 run (Duncan kick). Records: Holmes 7-3, Scott 2-9.
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How ranked teams fared
Batavia 35, Western Brown 0
Beechwood 48, Newport CC 0
Bellevue 20, Dayton 0
Bethel-Tate 45, Clermont NE 6
Boone County 62, Simon Kenton 6
CCD 9, Reading 0
CHCA 32, Finneytown 27
Col. Watterson 35, Lakota East 21
Deer Park 43, North College Hill 13
Dixie Heights 41, Covington Catholic 7
Edgewood 49, Middletown Fenwick 7
Elder 16, Oak Hills 15
Fairfield 35, Winton Woods 14
Goshen 27, Little Miami 21
Grant Co. 33, Frankfort Western Hills 20
Hamilton 45, Badin 13
Highlands 47, Conner 10
Holmes 30, Scott 9
Hughes 16, Aiken 7
Indian Hill 28, Glen Este 10
Kings 28, Turpin 13
La Salle 24, Colerain 14
Lakota West 48, Harrison 21
Loveland 49, Wilmington 29
Ludlow 21, Holy Cross 6
Madeira 42, Lockland 12
Mariemont 45, Summit CD 13
Mason 24, Lebanon 21
McNicholas 34, Taylor 15
Miami Trace 52, Hillsboro 32
Milford 55, Amelia 14
Moeller 34, Princeton 24
Monroe 41, Talawanda 34
New Richmond 28, Williamsburg 27, OT
Newport 28, Russell 10
Northwest 16, Roger Bacon 14
Ross 42, Norwood 18
Ryle 28, Campbell County 12
Springboro 47, West Carrollton 12
St. Xavier 34, Anderson 6
Sycamore 49, Withrow 7
Western Hills 26, Walnut Hills 18
Worthington Christian 34, New Miami 20
Wyoming 13, Blanchester 6