Story by Michael Browning
Photos by Chris Whitacre
The London Red Raider Football Team left no doubt from the start of the clock how Senior Night was going to go for the eleven seniors as they rolled over Kenton Ridge 53-7. The win improves the Red Raider record to 6-2 (3-0 in the CBC Kenton Trail Division) and sets up a showdown for first place next week against Shawnee.
After forcing a three-and-out on defense, the Red Raider offense took over and scored on a long 44-yard touchdown run by senior, Antwaun Burns. The Red Raiders went for two and converted when Damian Roby ran it in for the score, giving London an early 8-0 lead.
Another defensive stop gave the ball back to the Red Raiders where they finished the series with 3-yard Isaiah Jones touchdown. This time, Ryan Fullmer kicked the PAT to put London up 15-0.
Kenton Ridge held onto the ball and converted a 4th down but came up empty as the stingy Red Raider defense again answered the bell. London has given up 86 points defensively all season and only 24 points in the three league games.
The first play of London’s next possession saw Burns again bust through, on the first play, this time for 69-yards, to increase the lead to 23-0 after another Roby 2-point conversion.
The defense forced a punt that Zach Jones returned to the Kenton Ridge 20 yard line. Senior Richard Dodson grabbed pass from Roby in the endzone to make it 30-0.
London’s offense was slowed down, as the two teams traded possessions, but Burns again found a hole the offensive line created and rumbled 41-yards for his third score of the game to make it 37-0 after Fullmer’s PAT. These three scores give Burns ten touchdowns in the last three games after missing three games.
London created another turnover and Isaiah Jones punched it in from 3-yards out to increase the lead to 42-7. The next possession saw Kenton Ridge put the ball on the ground where London recovered and Fullmer knocked in a 34-yard field goal.
Noah Fellure finished the London attack with a 1-yard touchdown run and Kenton Ridge scored their lone points on a 1-yard touchdown run after the game was well decided.
London has steamrolled their opponents of late, but they will run into a very tough Shawnee team that has also won six straight games and will also bring a 3-0 CBC record into next week’s game. Shawnee was ranked 3rd in Region 20 heading into Friday night. London was ranked 6th in Region 11.