Friday, November 12, 1999

Holmes (8-3) at Dixie Heights (9-2)

        • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today

        • WHERE: Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills

        • WHAT TO WATCH: The temptation is to look ahead to a Dixie-Highlands rematch. Armageddon II.

        “There's no way we'll take Holmes lightly,” Dixie coach Tom Spritzky said.

        Before last year, Dixie hadn't won a playoff game since claiming the Class AAAA regional title in 1984. But this group, led by 22 seniors, is poised to ascend the summit.

        Though it finished just seventh in the final AAA state poll, Dixie is rated second in AAA to Highlands in both the Litkenhous and Cantrall computer ratings.

        Dixie beat Holmes 35-13 on Oct. 8, with senior TB Jason Soden rushing for a career-high 268 yards and two TDs.

        “They pretty much shoved the ball down our throats,” Holmes coach John Vander Meer said.

        Holmes had four turnovers against Dixie. If it eliminates those, this game should be tight. Senior QB Brian Ferguson (1,140 yards passing, 579 yards rushing) keys its option attack.

        Soden has 1,478 yards and 14 TDs. Senior QB Chris Unkraut has thrown for 1,723 yards and 19 TDs, with senior Andy Schneider (31 catches, 596 yards, nine TDs) his main target.

        “If we have breakdowns defensively, they can make big plays in a hurry,” Spritzky said.

        • PICK: Dixie Heights


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