The Simon Kenton Pioneers scored 42 unanswered points en rout to a 48-6 drubbing of the Conner Cougars on Friday night at Conner High School.
In previous weeks Simon Kenton obtained leads against opposing teams, but allowed those teams to get back into the game. The Pioneers dominating victory over the Cougars to open up district play helped the team prove that they have the capabilities to put opponents away.
"We made a statement earlier in the week about how a lot of people in the papers and a lot of people everywhere who don't give us any respect," SK quarterback Chad Lawrence said the doubters. "People were talking about how Conner could come out and upset us, I mean we didn't have any respect from anyone, and today I think we gained a lot of respect."
Simon Kenton scored on a Lawrence one-yard touchdown plunge with 44 seconds left in the first quarter to start the scoring brigade. All six of Conner's first half drives ended with no results. The Cougars punted four times, with one turn over on downs and one missed field goal.
The Pioneers capitalized on Conner's inability to keep drives alive. After a Cougar punt at the 5:00 minute mark in the second quarter, Lawrence led SK into Conner's red zone. The Cougars stopped the drive, forcing the Pioneers into a field goal attempt. The field goal was blocked; SK's Lawrence picked it up and tossed it to a teammate in the end zone for the unconventional score. The Pioneers took a 14-0 advantage.
"We want him to pick it up, I mean we want the ball in his hands when ever we can get it," Pioneer head coach Jeff Marksberry said of the play Lawrence made. "It was really our fire call, if it's a bad snap DJ (Rabe) went to the flat, he found DJ out where he's supposed to be. Chad made something out of nothing yet again."
Lawrence threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Zach Carroll with five seconds left in the half to boost the Pioneers lead to 21-0. The Cougars had no answer for SK's offensive outburst.
Conner went three-and-out on their opening drive of the second half, and the Pioneers made them pay again. Lawrence broke for a 60-yard touchdown run to increase the tally to 28-0. A 20-yard touchdown sprint by running back Danny Wetter later in the third quarter marked 35 unanswered points for SK.
The Pioneers punted to the Cougars to begin the fourth quarter, downing the ball at the Conner four yard line. Conner's Cy Smith fumbled the next snap in the end zone and Simon Kenton recovered for the defensive score. Conner scored their only touchdown with nine minutes left in the game.
Lawrence completed 10 of his 26 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the contest. He rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Lawrence tallied a total of 325 yards against Conner's defense. Smith had just 70 passing yards and was held with negative yardage on the ground for the Cougars.
Simon Kenton (4-1) hosts the Cooper Jaguars (2-3) at 7p.m. on Oct. 1 for the Pioneers' homecoming game. Conner (3-3) will clash with cross-town rival Boone County High School (2-2) at 7p.m. on Oct. 1 at Boone County.
Written by: Mike Collins, TriStateFootball.com