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SIMON KENTON (Class AAAA)

SCHEDULE

Aug. 20 Simon Kenton 38, Woodford Co. 11
Aug. 27 at Holmes
Sept. 3 at Dixie Heights
Sept. 10 SCOTT
Sept. 17 at Scott County
Sept. 24 LEXINGTON HENRY CLAY
Oct. 1 at Ryle
Oct. 8 at Lexington Bryan Station
Oct. 22 CAMPBELL COUNTY
Oct. 29 BOONE COUNTY
(All games at 7:30 unless noted)
Coach: Roy Lucas Jr. (6-15, including 1-0 this year)

Outlook: Last year was a mile-high climb for the Pioneers, who began the season in the throes of a 23-game losing streak but ended it 5-5. They beat Covington Catholic. They gave Highlands its toughest game. They finished a whisker shy of the Class AAA playoffs.

''It was a big step toward turning things around for our program,'' Lucas said.

Though Simon Kenton (1-0) had to jump to AAAA this fall, a playoff berth looks quite attainable. Ten of its 11 defensive starters are either seniors or returning starters, and its skill-position players on offense are strong. Team speed has improved.

Senior QB Mike Ballinger is back after passing for 1,041 yards last year, as is senior RB Daniel Morrison after a 1,001-yard campaign. Morrison rushed for 100 yards and three TDs on just six carries in the season-opening 38-11 beating of Woodford County last Friday.

''Mike is much improved and has become a tremendous leader,'' Lucas said. ''Morrison is our best all-around athlete, and he is bigger, stronger and faster than last year.''

The concern is the offensive line, with five new starters who are all underclassmen.

ROSTER
Dave AdamsWR-DB5-10 14711
Rick ArensWR-DB 5-8 14511
Kyle Bailey OG-DE 6-2 21210
Mike Ballinger QB-DB 6-3 20312
Lenny Banks OG-LB 5-9 20011
Jason Bargo OG-DT5-10 26012
Justin BishopQB-DE 6-0 1649
Dave Bowling OG-LB 6-0 21811
Devin Clark OG-DT5-10 15010
Craig Cooper RB-LB 5-8 15210
Matt Coppage OT-DT 6-3 23210
Shawn Craft RB-DB 5-7 13010
Ray Crail WR-DB 6-0 16511
Justin CristelloWR-DB5-11 17512
Kevin Cristello TE-LB 6-1 19511
Chad Dalton WR-DB5-10 15111
Matt Eggleston OG-DT 5-4 18510
Jered Faehr OT-DT 5-6 18210
Derek Fitzer WR-DB 6-0 14311
David Frommeyer TE-LB 6-2 16010
Adam Gaskins WR-SS 5-6 14611
Jake Gillen OG-LB5-10 19512
Michael GrossTE-DB 6-1 16711
Ryan Haller C-DE 6-1 21911
Aaron Heinrich RB-LB5-10 18212
Brett Iseral TE-LB5-11 17012
Dwayne Jerauld OT-DT 6-4 27512
John Kelley RB-DB 5-9 14011
Johnny Leap RB-SS 5-6 15011
Chad McDonaldOT-DT5-11 1769
Mike McDonaldOT-DT 6-5 26811
Jamison MeeksQB-LB 6-0 18310
Daniel Morrison RB-DB5-10 16111
Seth Murphy OG-DT 6-1 20410
Josh Napier OT-DT 6-1 22610
Joseph NevelsRB-DB 5-8 1339
Jon ReillyTE-LB5-10 18511
Steve Reynolds RB-SS 5-4 15511
Adam Richter C-NG 5-9 19010
Matt RobinsonC-DE 5-10 18110
Adam RockensteinRB-NG 5-4 1679
Mike Sester WR-DB 5-5 14512
Jimmy Simon WR-DB5-10 14012
Adam SmockRB-DB5-10 18612
Jared Smock RB-LB5-11 17910
Sammy SowardsOT-DT5-10 26912
Adam Sprott WR-DB 5-4 11411
Aaron Swayne OG-DT5-10 1979
Ryan Swayne RB-DB5-11 15112
Tommy Van Auken RB-SS5-10 16112
Jeff Wolfinbarger TE-LB 5-8 14911