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Prep Football Flashback: Big plays carried Boone County to district win over Dixie Heights in 2006

By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune sports reporter

Two long-yardage scoring plays carried Boone County to a 14-10 win over Dixie Heights in a Class 4A district game on Friday, Oct. 6, 2006.

Boone County running back Cory Farris

In the second quarter, Mercier Doucette caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Shawn Bogle. On the Rebels’ next offensive possession, junior running back Cory Farris scored on a 78-yard breakaway run to give his team a 14-3 halftime lead.

Dixie Heights opened the second half with a 68-yard scoring drive. Junior running back Marty Molony capped it off with a 2-yard run into the end zone to make the score 14-10.

Late in the fourth quarter, Boone County junior Nick Kaiser made an acrobatic interception in the end zone to seal the win. After jumping up and deflecting the pass, Kaiser snagged the ball as he was falling down.

Farris picked up 182 yards on 26 carries in the win and went on to rush for 1,716 yards and 17 touchdowns that season. In the first round of the playoffs, Boone County lost to Campbell County, 31-28, in overtime to end the season with a 6-5 record.

Farris led the state in rushing during the 2007 regular season with 2,250 yards, but he decided to play baseball in college. He was a starting catcher for the University of Kentucky before being drafted by the Chicago White Sox.

Here’s a look at other Northern Kentucky football games played on this week’s dates – Oct. 6-12.

1979 / Bellevue 14, Beechwood 7 / Friday, Oct. 12

Bellevue senior tailback Jon Sutkamp rushed for 187 yards on 32 carries and scored both of his team’s touchdowns in a 14-7 win over Class 1A district rival Beechwood. The game’s leading rusher was Beechwood senior Bailie Morlidge with 196 yards on 35 carries and one TD. Sutkamp and Morlidge both surpassed 1,000 yards in rushing that season and Bellevue won the Class 1A state championship.

1988 / Highlands 42, Newport 0 / Friday, Oct. 7

Highlands senior Matt Hoffman scored touchdowns in three different ways during a 42-0 win over Newport. Hoffman’s first TD came on a 56-yard punt return in the first quarter. He also scored on a 48-yard interception return and caught an 11-yard TD pass from quarterback Quinn Stuempel in the second quarter.  Marty Moore led the Highlands’ rushing attack with 81 yards on 14 carries and two TDs.

1995 / Dixie Heights 36, Conner 33 / Friday, Oct. 6

Dixie Heights scored 29 straight points to come from behind and beat Conner, 36-33, in a Class 3A district game. The Colonels scored the winning touchdown on an usual play with quarterback Chris Fifer catching a 37-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Jarred Cobble late in the fourth quarter. Sean Randle sparked the Colonels’ comeback with a 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

2002 / Scott 27, Holmes 26 / Friday, Oct. 11

Scott safety Nick Allard stopped a 2-point conversion run in the second overtime period to give his team a 27-26 win over Holmes.  Allard also intercepted a pass in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Scott seniors Russell Poland and Jordan Lorenzen both scored two touchdowns with their second ones coming on overtime possessions.

2011 / Conner 14, Ryle 0 / Friday, Oct. 5

After giving up 95 points in three previous losses, Conner defeated Ryle, 14-0, in a Class 4A district game.  The Cougars limited Ryle to 74 total yards and forced three turnovers in the shutout. Late in the fourth quarter, a quarterback sack by Wayne Hambrick stopped Ryle at the 20-yard line. Conner tailback Kyle Redden picked up 114 yards on 33 carries and scored both of his team’s touchdowns.

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