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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ryle takes down Dixie Heights

By Terry Boehmker

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - Ryan Hill has been the starting quarterback on the Ryle junior varsity
football team all season, but head coach Bryson Warner pulled him
out of the lineup for today's jayvee game.
After Ryle starting quarterback Nathan Davis injured his left ankle early in the second quarter, Hill took charge of the Raiders’ offensive unit and ended up rushing for 254 yards, scoring three touchdowns and passing for another TD.
The 5-foot-5, 155-pound sophomore played so well that Warner decided to give him today off instead of having him suit up for the junior varsity game.
“I feel like I’m on cloud nine right now,” Hill said after Friday’s victory. “At first, I was a little jittery and then I just got comfortable. I tried to think of it as just another JV game – get out there and have fun.”

It was an important win for the Raiders because it clinched second place in the local Class 6A district and gives them a home game in the first round of the postseason.
The fact that they did it behind the play of sophomore quarterback, who had taken less than 10 snaps in previous varsity games, makes it even more impressive.
“He was one of many who stepped up in this game,” Warner said. “Other guys had to step up too, but Ryan Hill certainly did a fantastic job for us.”
Dixie Heights senior quarterback Zeke Pike also had an outstanding game. In addition to rushing for 190 yards on 46 carries and scoring twice, he completed 14 of 26 passes for 207 yards and two TDs.
But Pike wasn’t very effective during the second half when Ryle outscored Dixie Heights, 17-7, to come away with the victory.
“We just tried to surround him a little bit more (in the second half),” Warner said. “He’s such a big guy and a talented player we just tried to get more guys after him to make contact and they did a good job getting there.”
Hill scored on touchdown runs of 35 and 76 yards the first two times he carried the ball in the second quarter. On both plays, he followed a lead blocker through the front line, darted around some tacklers and raced to the end zone.
“It was the exact same play both times,” Hill said. “Our line did a great job blocking. I just got through the hole, cut back and it was wide open.”
Hill’s second TD gave Ryle a 21-14 lead, but Dixie Heights tied it on a 38-yard scoring pass from Pike to senior Goose Cohorn with 4:05 left in the first half.
Ryle regained the lead late in the third quarter when Hill threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Smith in the back of the end zone.
Once again, the Colonels tied it on a 1-yard run by Pike early in the fourth quarter.
After a 24-yard field goal by senior Toby Mrozek put Ryle back on top, 31-28, with 2:41 left to play, Dixie Heights turned the ball over on downs at its own 10-yard line.
Pike was sacked twice and was pressured into throwing two incomplete passes during that decisive four-play series.
With 26 seconds left, Hill clinched the win with a 1-yard run into the end zone.
“He was a concern,” Dixie Heights coach Tom Spritzky said of Hill. “We knew they couldn’t really pass the ball once he started playing, but he made some good plays and obviously their guys blocked for him.”
RYLE 7-14-7-10–38
at D. HEIGHTS 7-14-0-7–28
DH–Cohorn 33 pass from Pike (Schmidt kick)
R–Smith 78 pass from Davis (Mrozek kick)
DH–Pike 6 run (Schmidt kick)
R–Hill 35 run (Mrozek kick)
R–Hill 76 run (Mrozek kick)
DH–Cohorn 38 pass from Pike (Schmidt kick)
R–Smith 7 pass from Hill (Mrozek kick)|
DH–Pike 1 run (Schmidt kick)
R–Mrozek 24 FG
R–Hill 1 run (Mrozek kick)
RECORDS: Ryle 6-3, 3-1 Class 6A district; Dixie Heights 3-6, 2-2.

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