Ryle edges out Dixie Heights

EDGEWOOD, Kentucky – Two of the top teams in Northern Kentucky’s Class 6A, District 6 lived up to the top billing in a defensive battle in Edgewood, with the Ryle Raiders knocking off the Dixie Heights Colonels 13-12 on Friday night in this week’s Blitz Game of the Week. The game started an hour early due to impending weather.

With the win, Ryle moves into sole possession of the top spot in the district heading into Week 9 of the 2021 season.

The Colonels lit up the scoreboard first when quarterback Logan Landers capped off a 74-yard drive by finding Devin Holbert on an eight-yard scoring pass. Dixie Heights was playing without a kicker due to injury, leaving them with no option but to attempt two-point conversions all night long. Landers attempted to connect with Gabe Thelen for a two-point conversion, but failed to do so.

Ryle took advantage of a Kaden Gardner interception in Colonels’ territory when quarterback Logan Verax scampered into the end zone. The successful extra point by Summer Denigan gave the Raiders a one-point lead.

With starting field position on their side, the Colonels were able to retake the lead on the heels of a 60-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard scoring toss from Landers to Brach Rice. However, another failed two-point conversion only extended the Dixie lead to five going into the half.

After a defensive third quarter, Ryle took the lead back for good after a Lukas Colemire three-yard touchdown run. The Raiders attempted to extend their lead to three-point but failed on the two-point conversion.

Ryle racked up 284 of total offense on the night, 197 of those coming on the ground. Jayce Harden led the Raider rushers with 71 yards on 14 rushes. Nathan Yowan and Gabe Savage rushed for 48 and 43 respectively.

On the other sideline, Dixie Heights totaled 219 yards of offense. Landers led the Colonels offense with 121 passing yards and two touchdowns.

District play will continue for both teams next week. Ryle will head back home to take on Simon Kenton while Dixie Heights will hit the road to face Campbell County.


Ryle 0-7-0-6-13

Dixie Heights 6-6-0-0-12

D: Logan Landers 8-yard pass to Devin Holbert (2-point conversion no good)
R: Logan Verax 4-yard run (Summer Denigan kick good)
D: Logan Landers 11-yard pass to Brach Rice (2-point conversion no good)
R: Lukas Colemire 3-yard run (2-point conversion)

RECORDS: Ryle (6-2, 2-0 6A, Distinct 6); Dixie Heights (4-4, 1-1)

UP NEXT: Ryle vs. Simon Kenton; Dixie Heights at Campbell County

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