Saturday, September 16, 2000

Henry Clay 28, Ryle 10

Unknown Blackburn runs for 285 yards

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        UNION — Lexington Henry Clay sophomore Demetric Blackburn started on offense for the first time Friday, and the Ryle Raiders hope they never see him again.

        Blackburn ran 13 times for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the Blue Devils' 28-10 win in their Class AAAA district opener at Ryle High Stadium.”

        “These are the first TDs I've scored,” Blackburn said. “My number one option is to score.”

        Blackburn is better known as an inside linebacker, but after scoring on runs of 80, 76 and 71 yards, one wonders why Henry Clay coach Sam Simpson waited so long to insert him on offense.

        “We knew we had him,” Simpson said. “We had to break him out at the right time.”

        Ryle was pretty much blindsided. Coach Kyle Hockman had no idea what Blackburn could do until he scored on the game's opening play.

        After Ryle's Andrew Lageman put the opening kick in the end zone, Blackburn started around left side. At the 30-yard line, he cut right, and with 13 seconds gone, Blackburn had his 80-yard score.

        Because of injuries and illness to several starters, Ryle played six sophomores on defense. Henry Clay took advantage — the Blue Devils gained 398 yards for the night to Ryle's 218.

        Blackburn's numbers — he averaged 21.9 yards per carry — obscured a fine performance from Ryle junior tailback Travis Grant. He gained 152 yards and scored the Raiders' only touchdown, a 10-yard run with 8:39 left in the third quarter.

        “Their guys got big plays,” Grant said. “We do have a lot more weapons.”

        Ryle went to Grant the majority of the time. Of the Raiders' 56 plays, Grant was involved in 32.

        Which made sense because in the first half, Grant was the only part of the Raiders offense that worked; in Ryle's opening drive he carried six times for 25 yards. But the march stalled when junior tackle Jack Wilkinson sacked Ryle senior quarterback Travis Alig for a 9-yard loss to the Henry Clay 40.

        Blackburn also figured in Henry Clay's only first half mistake. He fumbled, Ryle's Matt Wessel recovered at the Raiders 48, Grant car ried six times for 49 yards, and Lageman kicked a 20-yard field goal with 9:13 left in the first half.

        Blackburn went around right end for his 76-yard score with 8:09 left in the second quarter. For the half, he ran six times for 161 yards.

        Ryle (2-2), meanwhile, managed just 95 yards for the half. Grant actually ran 18 times for 99, but 10 yards in penalties cut the total.

        Maybe Henry Clay (3-2) was expecting another handoff to Grant to open the third quarter, but junior Craig Bresch (six carries for 72 yards) took the ball 38 yards to the Henry Clay 42.

        Seven plays later, Grant scored off a direct snap from center.

        When Ryle didn't score after it drove to the Blue Devils 17 with 9:32 left in the game, Blackburn clinched the win with is 71-yard score.

        He took a pitch, ran around left end and dropped the ball in the end zone 71 yards later.

        Henry Clay senior fullback Raymon Smith scored on a 2-yard run with 2:25 left in the game.

        Henry Clay ....... 7  7  0  14—28

        Anderson ....... 0  13  7  0—10


        HC-Blackburn 80 run (Ballard kick)

        R-Lageman 20 field goal

        HC-Blackburn 76 run (Ballard kick)

        R-Grant 10 run (Lageman kick)

        HC Blackburn 71 (Ballard kick)

        HC-Smith 2 run (Ballard kick)

        Records: HC 3-2 (1-0 in Class AAAA district), R 2-2 (0-1).


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