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Tates Creek at Bryan Station

Lexington Kentucky
September 3, 1999

©1999 by Ron Harrison

Tates Creek (1-1) vs. Bryan Station (1-0)  September 3, 1999

Tonight's game pits Bryan Station, coming off an 11 touchdown output over Paul Laurence Dunbar last week against Tates Creek, who evened their record at 1-1 with a win over Bell County.  Tates Creek has two key injuries:  tailback Mian Smith will attempt to play with a bruised knee and fullback/linebacker Devin Neal has a tender ankle.  Tates Creek will have to control the Bryan Station offensive juggernaut and establish their own brand of "smash-mouth" football.  Bryan Station will be missing their kick-returner extraordinaire Marquis Johnson who will sit out this game.

It appeared that neither team exactly accomplished its goal but Tates Creek managed to erase a 21-14 halftime deficit to eke out a 26-21 win.  They put together a 96 yard drive scoring on a Devin Neal 1 yard plunge with 39 seconds remaining for the winning sore.  Neal also protected the victory with an interception of a J.T. Haskins pass with seconds remaining on the clock.  Both teams took advantage of miscues to score in the first half.

Eric Shelton had another great game for Bryan Station.  He carried the ball 21 times for 136 yards and a touchdown.  Eric also added a touchdown on a 38 yard fumble return, scored on a two point conversion, and blocked an extra point attempt.  He also had a 51 yard touchdown run nullified by a penalty.  Greg Baltimore led Tates Creek with 125 yards on 15 carries.  The play of the game came on the deciding 96 yard drive when Tates Creek's Ben Reust found Kimiko Ogle open for a 30 yard completion, placing the ball on the Bryan Station 14.  This kept the drive alive, setting the stage for  Devin Neal's final heroics.

Scoring Summary

 Tates Creek  26         Bryan Station  21
School   Q1   Q2   Q3   Q4    Final 
Tates Creek    6    8    0  12  26
Bryan Station    7  14    0    0  21

BS Eric Shelton 38 yard fumble return (Ryan Pearl kick)
TC Mian Smith 4 yard run (kick blocked)
TC Aaron Jackson 12 yard run (Smith run)
BS Robert Haskins 69 yard kickoff return (kick failed)
BS Shelton 38 yard run (Shelton run)
TC Devin Neal 1 yard run (kick failed)
TC Neal 1 yard run (run failed)

Selected Statistics
Tates Creek Bryan Station
Rushing No. Yds Avg Long   Rushing No. Yds Avg Long
Greg Baltimore   15 125   8.3 23 Eric Shelton  21  136   6.5  38
Devin Neal   12  66  5.5 17 J.T. Haskins  15  88  5.9  24
John Clay    7  20  2.9  5 Greg Shiddell   5  18  3.6   5
Aaron Jackson    4  26  6.5 12 Robert Haskins   2   2  1.0   3
Mian Smith   12  25  2.1  7        
Ben Reust    4  -9 -2.3  0        
Passing A-C-I Yds TD Long Passing A-C-I Yds TD Long
Ben Reust 8-3-0 44 0 30 J.T. Haskins 8-1-2 2 0 2
Mian Smith 1-0-0  0 0  0
Receiving No. Yds TD Long Receiving No. Yds TD Long
Kimiko Ogle   1  30   0   30 James Clayborne 1  2 0 2
Mian Smith   1  17   0   17        
Matt Walker   1  -3   0   0        


Other Area Games of Interest
Henry Clay  63    Lafayette   7
The Henry Clay "machine" keeps rolling along, improving their record to 3-0.  Shane Boyd threw for 162 yards and three touchdowns.  Shane and wide receiver Zia Combs get a lot of deserved attention but the Henry Clay defense has only given up 34 points in the first three games.
Lexington Catholic  48    Montgomery Co.  8
Catholic, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, continued their impressive early season play, improving to 3-0.  Ryan Neff and Stephen Jones scored three touchdowns each and Clay Wolford caught eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.  Brandon Devers electrified the crowd with a 102 yard return of a pilfered pass for another Lexington Catholic touchdown.
P. L. Dunbar 36    Scott County 35
Dunbar evened their record at 1-1 by scoring as time expired in regulation to force overtime.  Dunbar scored first in overtime to take a 36-29 lead.  Scott County then scored but failed on a two point conversion attempt to fall short of the victory.  Dunbar was led by QB Chip Franklin with 251 yards passing and receiver Leon Mack had three touchdowns:  two on receptions and one on an interception return.  Scott County was led by tailback  Matt Franklin who carried the pigskin for 171 yards on 20 carries.  Matt also scored two touchdowns.
Clark County 34    Johnson Central  30
Congratulations to Clark County who ended a 23 game losing streak.
West Jessamine  13    East Jessamine  6
Boyle County 28    Danville  3