Travis Elliott was the offensive star for Ryle, but the Raiders' defense earned the spotlight, too, in a 43-8 victory over Tates Creek in the iHigh Football Frenzy at Lafayette late Saturday night.
Tates Creek's loss meant that Lexington's five public schools went 0-for-5 in the weekend showcase.
Elliott distinguished himself as one of the MVPs. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound bruiser rushed 21 times for 164 yards and four touchdowns. He took direct snaps on quite a few plays, leaving no doubt he was going to keep the ball. Tates Creek still couldn't stop him.
Elliott only ran once in the second half — 25 yards for a touchdown.
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Elliott, who has committed to Western Kentucky, has a shot at eclipsing former Boone County (and NFL) star Shaun Alexander as Northern Kentucky's all-time leading rusher. Elliott is about 2,000 yards shy of Alexander's career total of 6,662 yards.
Elliott also completed two passes for 34 yards.
Elliott is also a linchpin on defense at linebacker, along with Mac Vollett, Daniel Osborne and Jake Nutter.
Tates Creek had all kinds of problems moving the football against the Raiders. The Commodores' first-half stats had them with 10 yards, including minus three passing.
Elliott got the Raiders off to a strong start with two TDs and a two-point conversion in the first quarter.
His 8-yard score in the second quarter staked Ryle to a 22-0 halftime lead. It would've been more, but Elliott had a 43-yard punt return for a TD wiped out by a roughing-the-kicker penalty.
Quarterback Nathan Davis had a long run that set up his short TD in the third quarter to make it 29-0.
Tates Creek had 11 total yards at that point.
The Commodores finally moved the chains in the fourth quarter against Ryle's reserves and wound up with 161 yards.
Casey Grimes got Tates Creek's TD on an 11-yard run. Martrell Berry threw to Taiwan Hart for the two-point conversion to make it 43-8.
Ryle finished the night just shy of 400 yards, 288 on the ground.
Ryle 15 7 7 14—43
Tates Creek 0 0 0 8—8
R—Travis Elliott 4 run (Elliott 8un). R—Elliott 17 run (Garrett Mead kick). R—Elliott 8 run (Mead kick). R—Nathan Davis 3 run (Mead kick). R—Elliott 25 run (Mead kick). R—Jake Nutter 22 run (Mead kick). TC—Casey Grimes 22 run (Taiwan Hart pass from Martrell Berry).