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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Not that I like posting this but...Campbell County clinches NKy 6A district title, beats Ryle 27-20

Campbell County clinches NKy 6A district title, beats Ryle 27-20

It hasn’t been the prototypical championship season for the Campbell County football team, but they certainly aren’t complaining or apologizing. With Campbell County’s 27-20 fourth-quarter win over Ryle, the Camels pulled off the improbable and won Northern Kentucky’s 6A district outright.
After pulling off a 6-0 win at home over Simon Kenton and then pummeling the Dixie Colonels 50-14, Ryle traveled to Union to face the Raiders with a chance to steal the district title.
The first half of the game for Campbell County was a lot like the first half of their season; ugly and unsuccessful. Plagued by four first-half turnovers, Campbell County trailed 13-0 on two Nathan Davis touchdowns at halftime. The second half was a completely different story as Tyler Durham and the Camels scored on their first four possessions out of the locker room.
Durham has been the driving force behind Campbell County’s late-season district surge with dominant performances over both Dixie and Ryle in clutch situations. His position change to quarterback has had a serious effect on his team, and his play-making ability has helped save a season that looked to be doomed after going winless in their first five games of the season. He rushed for 267 yards on 46 attempts and three touchdowns, while also reaching 1,000 yards rushing (1,002) in Friday’s win over Ryle.
As Campbell County took the field for the second half, Camels Head Coach Stephen Lickert turned Durham loose and dared Ryle to stop him. Ryle struggled. The Camels used the first 8:18 off the clock in the third quarter as Durham led them on a 17-play, 80-yard drive that saw their signal-caller punch it in to the end zone. Durham carried the ball 13 times on the drive alone for 59 yards, as he pulled them to within one score at 13-7.
Durham was back at it again on their next possession, carrying the ball all four times on the four-play, 57-yard drive that ended with Durham tying things up on a 36-yard scamper to tie it all up at 13-13.
Ryle wasn’t dead yet, however, as they took the lead on a seven-yard score from backup quarterback Ryan Hill to regain the lead at 20-13.
With Campbell County staring down another one-score deficit, it was Durham to the rescue one more time. After running all over the Raiders defense in the previous two scoring drives, Durham took to the air and found sophomore Jake Zabonick for a 36-yard hookup. After reaching the one-yard line, Durham punched it in to tie the game again at 20-20.
After getting the ball back on their fourth possession of the half, the Camels grabbed their first lead. With Ryle focused in on Durham, Campbell County went to their senior running back James Popp who rushed for a 16-yard touchdown to go up 27-20. Ryle got the ball back into Campbell County territory in final seconds of the game. After being stopped on third down with no timeouts and time running down, Davis spiked the ball with 3.3 seconds left on fourth down and turned the ball over to Campbell County to go into victory formation.
It was Campbell County’s third straight win, all within the district, to improve their record to 3-5 on the season. They will finish the regular season with their final district opponent in Boone County and then wrap up the regular season with Louisville Ballard before the playoffs begin. Ryle will face Dixie this Friday to determine the conference’s second seed.


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