Lexington Catholic and Ryle didn't kick off until 9:36 p.m. The game didn't end for nearly three hours. And for everyone who stuck around to watch — and there were a lot of them — the second game of the Traditional Bank Bluegrass Bowl was worth the price of admission on Friday night.
A 17-point third quarter proved to be the difference-maker in Ryle's 31-24 win. The Knights (1-1) managed only a field goal in the second half after jumping out to a 14-7 lead and taking a 21-14 advantage into halftime.
"We got beat by a good football team," LexCath Coach Mark Perry said. "We made too many mistakes to beat a good football team like Ryle."
After the Knights scored three times on their first four possessions, they had three drives end in punts, two on failed fourth-down attempts and one on an interception.
It didn't help that Jaylen Jones, the Knights' star running back who had 95 yards and a TD on the night, was out on the final drive following a collision on LexCath's previous possession. Perry had not yet spoken with his medical staff and could not provide an update on his condition.
Knights junior quarterback Legend Brumbaugh threw the pick and was sacked twice but for the most part outplayed his counterpart Tanner Morgan, a fellow junior who's been offered by Louisville and Wake Forest. Brumbaugh went 24-for-38 for 381 yards and two TDs; Morgan was 12-for-28 for 198 yards, two TDs and an interception.
J.J. Ogbogu had a huge night for LexCath, catching nine balls for 183 yards and a score.
Raiders Coach Mike Engler previously was an assistant at LexCath. He said it felt great to come back and get a win on the Knights' turf.
"They're a fantastic football team," Engler said. "I can't say enough about them. IT just happened that we made a few more plays the second half and were able to come out with a win.
"It really does feel good considering I was coaching against a bunch of my buddies, a bunch of my best friends. So it made it a little challenging during the week."
Ryle moved to 2-0. The Raiders hadn't won their first two games to start the year since 2011, when they upended Cooper 41-17 and Tates Creek 43-8.
Ryle scored first on a 17-yard pass from Morgan to Jake Long with just 37 seconds having passed in the game. Donnie Morris caught a 26-yarder from Brumbaugh to even things up a couple of minutes later. Jones gave LexCath its first lead on a 10-yard run with two minutes left in the first.
Collin England scored a 1-yard TD for Ryle less than a minute into the second quarter. Seconds later Brumbaugh connected with Ogbogu for a 68-yard bomb to put the Knights up headed into halftime.
Ryle revved up in the third quarter, scoring on three consecutive possessions. Mitchell Bateman broke loose for a 20-yard TD run then Morgan got a 22-yard pass to Bryce Ashley, who led the Raiders with three catches. Mason Molique made an 18-yard field goal that put Ryle up 31-21.
(Beginning in the fourth quarter)
Some action from LexCath-Ryle. pic.twitter.com/HhNfFnNsd8— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) August 29, 2015
Thirty-yard field goal makes it 31-24 Ryle with 10 minutes in regulation. pic.twitter.com/1qvM3UPhMU— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) August 29, 2015
Ryle within the goal line up 31-24. 4:45 to go. pic.twitter.com/3jN2vKgQ08— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) August 29, 2015
LexCath stops Ryle at the goal line on 4th down. Take over down seven with 3:54 to play. pic.twitter.com/SXon2mhRth— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) August 29, 2015
Wow. Knights went for it on fourth and 10 and got this. pic.twitter.com/3ycnzfAoRj— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) August 29, 2015
LexCath star running back Jaylen Jones down on the field after making a block. Gets up under his own power.— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) August 29, 2015
Timeout LexCath. Facing third and 13 at the Ryle 35. Fifty one seconds left in this one.— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) August 29, 2015
Legend Brumbaugh sacked then threw an incompletion. Ryle will win this one 31-24. pic.twitter.com/RHkpg2Iero— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) August 29, 2015
Ryle hoists the Bluegrass Bowl trophy and sings its fight song. pic.twitter.com/CPuOSecwR8— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) August 29, 2015