It was the Travis Elliot show on Friday night at Nippert Stadium. Ryle's junior running back dominated Covington Catholic's defense and finished the game with 22 carries for 268 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 61-7 victory for the Raiders.
It wasn't a blowout in the first half though, in fact after 12 minutes of play there was no score and the CovCath defense had held their own. The Colonels' offense struggled to move the ball at all though in the first half and left the defense on the field way too long.
Elliot drew first blood in the second quarter when he found the endzone on a 20-yard run. It looked as though that could be the beginning of the end as CovCath's defense was clearly tiring and the offense showed no signs of moving the ball, but the Colonel's Paul Ritter came up with a huge answer when he returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to give the Colonels the lead 7-6. That would be the last time that CovCath would see the endzone. As for the Raiders… well they were just getting started. They scored two more times in the second quarter as Conner Hempel found paydirt on a 1-yard run and then Elliot scored again on a 3-yard run. The Raiders held a 19-7 lead heading into halftime.
The second half was more of the same. Elliot scored on two more long runs to open the second half, one of 62 yards and another of 57 yards. His fullback Deion Mullens scored a touchdown to close the third quarter on a 6-yard run and opened the fourth quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. Jake Nutter then picked off a CovCath pass that he returned 52-yards for the score. Tanner Pulice capped off the scoring for the Raiders on a 61-yard touchdown run.
In addition to Elliot's huge game, Hempel also had 12 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown. Mullens carried nine times for 118 yards and two scores.
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