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Kenton Ridge defeated Tippecanoe, 19-16, win on a sloppy field Friday to capture a share of their first Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Division championship and a possible home playoff game next Friday.
Kenton Ridge (9-1, 4-1) was down 10 points going into halftime, but the Cougars were able to convert a fumble, a blocked punt, and a two-yard punt into three touchdowns.
Tippecanoe (8-2, 3-2) had the opportunity to tie the game with 1:12 left, but Dylan Shomper missed a field goal.
When Tippecanoe fumbled at its 25 yard line in the third quarter, quarterback Mitchell Schneider connected with receiver Casey Turner for a 25-yard touchdown.
Kenton Ridge took advantage of the blocked punt when Schneider threw a screen pass to Brandon Davis that went 15 yards for a 13-10 lead. Jayden scored on a 15-yard run after the two-yard punt to extend the lead nine.
Tippecanoe running back Cameron Gibbs scored on a 51-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to three, but the missed field goal ended the comeback.
Both teams are expected to make the playoffs and might host a first-round game. They will know their opponents on Sunday when the brackets are released.
This is Mark's first season writing for TriStateFootball.com. His experience includes working for six years at ESPN in studio production and he has been published in ESPN Magazine, Baseball America and Rotowire.com. Mark has lived in Northern Cincinnati for the past four years. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.