Newport Central Catholic traveled to Borland Stadium with a 3-0 record as the Thoroughbreds were hoping to stay undefeated on the season. However, the hosting Ryle Raiders were not planning to be a gracious host for its first home game of the season, wanting to improve on a 1-1 record.
Ryle received the opening kickoff and marched down field on a six play, 71-yard drive in less than two minutes, taking a 7-0 lead on Conner Hemple's 16-yard touchdown pass to Luke Boggs.
Disaster struck on New Cath's first possession as running back Chris Kelly fumbled deep in Breds territory and defensive linemen Winston Field recovered the loose ball on the 24-yard line.
Four plays later, Ryle running back Travis Elliott ran 16 yards for a touchdown to push the Raider lead to 14-0.
--Ryle RB Traivs Elliott
--Ryle head coach Bryson Warner
On the ensuing kickoff, New Cath's Dylan Haynes returned the ball 55 yards, and the Thoroughbreds started its drive on the Ryle 42-yard line. Six plays later, Kelly put New Cath on the board with an 11-yard touchdown run to cut the Raider lead to 14-7 with just over four minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
New Cath looked like it had turned the tables on Ryle when Brady Hightchew intercepted a Hemple pass and returned it 44 yards back to the Raider 40-yard line. But bad news struck again for the Breds, as Hightchew threw an interception of his own to Ryle linebacker Court Mace.
That turnover started a drive by Ryle that would be a backbreaker for the New Cath. The Raiders marched 78 yards in 17 plays, including the conversion of three fourth down plays. Elliott finished the drive off with a 13-yard scoring run to make the score 21-7.
Elliott would score the final of his three rushing touchdowns in the third quarter with a 1-yard plunge to push the Raider lead to the eventual final score 27-7.
Elliott ended the night with 146 yards rushing on 29 carries. The Ryle offense outgained New Cath 249-207 but the true domination was in the Raiders 27-7 advantage in first downs.
Ryle (2-1) will host Dixie Heights next week who beat Conner this evening. New Cath (3-1) who fell out of the undefeated ranks, will travel to Alexandria and play Campbell County, who will play Covington Catholic on Saturday afternoon.
Written by: Brady Laber, TriStateFootball.com