Saturday, September 02, 2000

Simon Kenton 15, Dixie Heights 9

Morrison helps Pioneers end losing streak

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer contributor

Daniel Morrison scored both Simon Kenton TD's.
(Mike Simons photos)
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        INDEPENDENCE — Simon Kenton senior tailback Daniel Morrison's 2-yard touchdown run with 7:40 to go in the game and a last-minute defensive stand helped the Pioneers score a 15-9 win over Dixie Heights.

        There were lots of reasons to be happy:

        • The win ended Simon Kenton's five-year losing streak to Dixie, and it's 3-0 record is the best start for Simon Kenton since the 1993 team opened 5-0.

        “You are absolutely incredible,” coach Jeff Marksberry told his team after the game.

        • There was Morrison, who ran for 86 yards on 12 carries and also scored a 2-yard touchdown with 7:24 left in the first half.

        “It was a team effort, that's all I have to say,” Morrison said.

Morrison on defense tackles Jimi Lindsay.
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        • There was sophomore quarterback Justin Bishop. He threw for only 58 yards, but 47 of them came on a pass to senior Derek Fitzer, which set up Morrison's first score.

        “It's just another step ... to get to the playoffs,” Bishop said.

        • And there was senior defensive lineman Mike McDonald, who stopped Dixie's Dan Olberding at the Pioneer 2 with 48 seconds left in the game.

        “That was coincidence, I guess,” McDonald said. “Our defense just set up, and I was in the right spot at the right time.”

        Added Marksberry: “I think the kids prepared themselves all week, and they really got it into their minds that they're a good football team. This turnaround process has taken four years, and this is that fourth year.”

        Dixie (2-1) did everything but score at the end — the Colonels gained 282 yards to Simon Kenton's 173.

Simon Kenton's Matt Schoborg.
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        Two fourth-quarter drives stalled: the last one and another earlier in the fourth that ended at the Simon Kenton 34.

        The Colonels led 9-7 at halftime on junior Adam Rolfes' 26-yard field goal with 38 seconds left in the second quarter.

        Why was the score so close? Dixie Heights mistakes.

        On Dixie's opening drive, the Colonels' Jeff Stallkamp and Jimi Lindsay moved the ball to the Pioneer 9, but Simon Kenton's Joseph Nevels recovered a Stallkamp's fumble.

        The next time Dixie got the ball, sophomore quarterback Matt O'Toole found Lindsay for 28 yards down the left side to the Pioneer 3. Lindsay, however, fumbled into the end zone, and Simon Kenton's David Bowling recovered.

        Dixie finally capitalized on a Simon Kenton turnover — Louie Wartman recovered Bishop's fumble at the Pioneer 20. Lindsay carried eight yards and then the final 11 for the touchdown with 2:31 left.

        Rolfes' kick sailed wide left.

        On Simon Kenton's first scoring march, junior Matt Schoborg ran twice for 20 yards. Two plays later Fitzer caught a 47-yard Bishop bomb, and after a facemask penalty was added, Morrison scored.

        Senior linebacker Dan Olberding set up Rolfes' field goal with a 42-yard punt return to the Simon Kenton 8.

        Dixie Heights ....... 6 3 0 0—9

        Simon Kenton ....... 0 7 0 8—15

        DH-Lindsay 11 run (kick failed)

        SK-Morrison 2 run (Smock kick)

        DH-Rolfes 26 field goal

        SK-Morrison 2 run (Morrison pass from Bishop)

        Records: DH 2-1, SK 3-0.


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