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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Ryle vs. Conner

The Ryle Raiders picked up their third straight victory as they pulled away late to secure a 27-6 win over the Conner Cougars.

Junior Nathan Davis continued to emerge as a playmaker for Ryle (5-2) as he ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead the Raiders past their old district foe.

Conner (3-4), who was playing without starting quarterback Drew Barker due to a knee injury, struggled to move the ball most of the evening.

Tanner Pulice got the Raiders on the board first. The junior intercepted a pass by Nathan Freese to set up a scoring drive that resulted with him punching one in from two yards out. It would be the only points scored by either team in the first half.

Following a 47-yard touchdown by Davis to give Ryle a 13-0 lead in the third quarter Freese connected with Cameron Fogle for Conner’s lone touchdown and cut the deficit to 13-6 entering the final quarter of action.

Davis’ 51-yard to TD pass to Ryan Smith early in the fourth quarter put Ryle up 20-6. Davis added the knockout punch on a 24-yard scoring run minutes later. The senior finished the night by completing 6-of-16 passes for 132 yards and added 164 yards on the ground.

Conner hosts Grant County next week while Ryle welcomes Campbell County as both teams return to district play.


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