Simon Kenton Rolls on Homecoming, Beats Campbell Co., 45-13
In what at halftime seemed to be a competitive, slug-it-out game, Simon Kenton scored five straight second-half touchdowns to crush Campbell County, 45-14. The Pioneers remain perfect after seven games so far this season.
“We had a really good week of practice. We were really focused and the kids were definitely prepared to play tonight,” Simon Kenton head coach Jeff Marksberry said.
The scoring for Simon Kenton (7-0) began right away as Logan Winkler took the opening kickoff 88 yards to the house, giving the Pioneers an immediate lead that they would not surrender.
Campbell County (4-2) took the opening blow well, though, and rallied back with a first-quarter touchdown of their own when quarterback Carson Plessinger rolled right, but threw left and gave Gabe Kremer the chance to pull in a contested catch in the back of the end zone. On the drive, Campbell County converted four first downs on a nice mix of runs and passes and looked like they had a serviceable offensive game plan against the Pioneers. That success, however, would be brief as the SK defense shut down the Camels attack from that point on.
The score before halftime, however, remained tied at seven because of four turnovers on consecutive possessions, two by each team. Simon Kenton defensive back Trent Kincaid recorded his fifth interception of the season on a deep Plessinger attempt.
After the Pioneers took over deep into Camel territory after a Plessinger fumble, they had to settle for a field goal when Cam Racke's pass for Winkler was incomplete in the end zone, making the score 10-7.
The second half was all Pioneers, which surprised Marksberry.
“From what we've seen on film, Campbell County usually gets stronger as the game goes on, but we were able to wear them down a little bit tonight.”
Campbell County fumbled again on their opening possession of the half, and Simon Kenton running back Dillon Powell ran it 76 yards for a touchdown on the very next play, extending the lead, 16-7.
From then on, the Camels offense simply could not find any running lanes as the strong Simon Kenton front seven stuffed Plessinger's many attempts up the middle time and again. Defensive tackle Tucker Mueller again made his presence felt as he was involved in a number of tackles and plugged the middle very well. The Campbell County offensive line looked completely overwhelmed by the end.
“Taking away that run game from them was big. Our defense did a great job of defending those A, B and C gaps where they like to run the football. Once we did that, then some of (Plessinger's) passes fell incomplete. I felt like he was running a little bit and trying to throw the ball on the run and that's just not what they want to do.”
When the Camels did pass, they struggled mightily to make any completions as Plessinger finished with just 97 yards on 11-27 Many of the throws were under duress and on-the-run.
Racke scored for the Pioneers again on their next possession on a four-yard keeper on play-action, to make the score 24-7. Racke would then throw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Winkler on a slant route, giving the senior wide receiver 11 touchdown catches on the season, and making the score 31-7.
At one point, Plessinger just heaved the ball into the end zone on a fourth-and-long attempt, the ball was tipped by a crowd waiting under it, then a trailing Camel receiver was able to bring it in easily. The traveling Campbell County crowd on hand finally had something to cheer about in the second half until they saw the penalty flag for illegal-man-downfield that nullified the touchdown and led to another punt. It was that kind of night for the Camels.
Before it was finished, the Pioneers pulled off a nifty highlight play when they gave the ball to Kyle Heflin on an end-around who faked the reverse to Winkler, completely fooling the Campbell County defense and scoring an easy 38-yard touchdown. Dillon Powell added 36-yard touchdown run for good measure, which distanced the Pioneers even further, 45-7.
The Camels scored a very late one-yard touchdown run by Josh Carroll to end the scoring 45-17.
Simon Kenton continues to impress with their stout interior defense and their supreme quickness on the outside, but they did allow too many turnovers and penalties for their coach's liking.
“Penalties are something that we work on in practice and the kids know that penalties are going to eventually bite us, and we have to figure out a way to get over that hump,” Marksberry said.
The Pioneers host Boone County (1-6) next week, while Campbell County goes to Dixie (5-1).
Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor
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