The Dixie Heights Colonels traveled just three miles to a road game at Beechwood's Edgar McNabb Field and it didn't take long for the visiting team to feel right at home.
After a crushing loss last week to Newport Central Catholic, Dixie (1-1) took its frustration out on the Tigers (0-1) with a 35-21 victory.
Late in the first quarter, Beechwood punter Joey Nussbaum pinned Dixie on its own 14-yard line after a 57-yard punt. However, on the first play of the drive, Colonel running back Seth Bruns bolted 81-yards to the Beechwood five-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Zeke Pike put Dixie on the scoreboard first with a two-yard run.
In the second quarter, Dixie scored again to take a 14-0 lead on an eight-yard run by Pike who rushed for 74 yards on 17 carries and ran for two touchdowns. The junior quarterback also passed for 101 yards on 7-for-9 passing and one touchdown throw.
On the ensuing kickoff, Beechwood sophomore Gage Erdman returned the ball to the Dixie 40-yard line. Five plays later Cameron Vocke found the end zone with a 25-yard touchdown run.
Dixie reacted on the next possession with a double reverse play that saw backup quarterback Corbin Dematteo hook-up with Bobby Leonard on a 25-yard pass play. This setup a 13-yard touchdown pass from Pike to Tyler Cohorn, giving Dixie a 21-7 halftime lead.
In the third quarter it was a Pike 27-run that setup a Bruns 23-yard touchdown run to extend the Colonel's lead to 28-7.
On the next series, Tigers head coach Noel Rash went to his backup quarterback Taylor Davis. The junior led Beechwood on a six-play drive that culminated in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Corey Cruse.
Bruns, who ran 14 times for 168 yards, scored his second touchdown of the night on a 37-yard sprint to the end zone pushing the Dixie lead to 35-14.
Beechwood starting quarterback Michael Colosimo came back into the game late in the fourth quarter and led a 10-play drive that ended with a Vocke 1-yard touchdown. Vocke, a junior running back, ran for 130 yards on 18 carriers and two touchdowns.
Colonels head coach Tom Spritzky watched his team win the battle at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball as Dixie out gained Beechwood 430 to 253 in total offense.
Next up for Dixie is the first home game on its schedule versus Simon Kenton. Beechwood on the other hand will travel to Fort Thomas and take on the three-time and defending 5A state champion Highlands Bluebirds.
--Zeke Pike 1st RuTD
--Zeke Pike 2nd RuTD
--Interview: Seth Bruns
--Interview: Zeke Pike
Written by: Brady Laber, TriStateFootball.com