Saturday, October 30, 1999

Ryle 28, Campbell County 12

Grant tops 1,000 yards in victory

Enquirer contributor

Ryle's Travis Grant dives past Campbell County's Tyler Hardy and Kip Mason for a TD.
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        ALEXANDRIA — Ryle football coach Kyle Hockman called sophomore tailback Travis Grant a “durable little skinny guy.”

        After Friday's Class AAAA district game against Campbell County, Grant is more than that. He is a 1,000-yard rusher and the main reason the Raiders are in the playoffs.

        Grant ran 29 times for 173 yards and a touchdown in a 28-12 Ryle win.

        The Raiders, the No.8 team in the Litkenhous Class AAAA ratings, earned the fourth spot in the district and take on Louisville Trinity in next Friday's first round.

        “We got our shot; that's what we wanted,” Hockman said. “It's a new season. Who knows what'll happen?”

        Senior quarterback Justin Parr, who was 7-of-13 for 123 yards and a touchdown pass, said Friday's win was the latest example of Ryle's rebound from an unexpected district loss to Simon Kenton.

        “After we lost to Simon Kenton four weeks ago, Coach preached to us to stay together as a team,” Parr said. “We won three of the last four.”

        Grant has 1,052 yards for the year, but he's usually not the player opponents fear. That distinction goes to senior receiver Mike Setters (71 catches, 1,107 yards), but Grant doesn't mind.

        “I'm a sophomore,” he said. “I've got a couple years to go. The holes were huge. The offensive line did a great job.”

        Setters didn't disappoint Ryle Friday. He caught four passes for 96 yards, including a 44-yarder that set up Parr's 1-yard touchdown plunge with 2:06 left in the first half, and a 33-yard scoring strike with 5:52 left in the game.

        Ryle (6-4) hardly needed Setters in the first half. The reason? Grant, who carried 12 times for 103 yards.

        After Ryle held Campbell County to open the game, Grant carried five times for 47 yards, including a 31-yard run and a

        10-yard TD with 8:12 left in the first quarter.

        “That was our goal, to take some pressure off the passing game,” Hockman said.

        Campbell County sophomore tailback Kip Mason was the Camels' main weapon on offense. He carried 10 times for 45 yards in the half.

        “We came out a little flat,” Campbell County coach Mike Corson said. “(Ryle is) a good football team. That's why they're going to the playoffs.”

        Mason was Campbell County's only offense the first half. Only once the did the Camels cross midfield.

        Ryle senior Scott Johns made the score 21-0 with a 54-yard punt return for a TD with 40 seconds left before halftime.

        “(Johns) made a bunch of guys miss,” Hockman said. “He's been a quiet leader.”

        Campbell County avoided a shutout in the fourth quarter. Mason scored from 3 yards out with 9:57 left, and junior quarterback Mike Piccirillo hit soph omore Nathan Hater for a 23-yard TD with 8:01 remaining.

        Ryle ....... 7  14  0   7—28

        Campbell Co. ....... 0   0  0  12—12

        R-Grant 10 run (Lageman kick)

        R-J. Parr 1 run (Lageman kick)

        R-Johns 54 punt return (Lageman kick)

        CC-K. Mason 3 run (kick failed)

        CC-N. Hater 23 pass from Piccirillo (pass failed)

        R-Setters 33 pass from J. Parr (Lageman kick)

        Records: R 6-4 (2-4 in district), CC 2-8 (1-5).


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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