CINCINNATI - After winning just one game of the first seven weeks of the season, the Dixie Heights Colonels notched their second straight district win of the season on Friday night as they knocked off the Ryle Raiders 15-14 in a thrilling overtime affair.
Dixie Heights (3-6, 2-2) got an inspired effort from sophomore quarterback Drew Moore who passed for one score and ran for another. He completed 8-of-14 passes for 80 yards on the night.
The two teams went without a point during the first half of action, but things loosened up coming out of the locker rooms. Moore connected with Casey Cox on a 37-yard TD strike as the Colonels went up 7-0.
Ryle (3-6, 1-3) responded when Tanner Pullice pulled in an 11-yard pass from Ryan Hill to knot things up at 7-7, which is how things stood at the end of regulation.
The Raiders struck first in overtime as once again Hill found Pullice on a scoring pass, this time from four yards out, to give the home team a 14-7 advantage. However, the visiting Colonels would get the last laugh. Moore punched it in from a yard out to pull Dixie Heights within a point. Next, the Colonels would seal the deal as Luke Caple ran in it from two yards out to successfully complete the two-point conversion.
With the win, Dixie Heights avoided finishing in the cellar in the district standings and secured the No. 3 seed. Ryle finishes in fourth place in the district.
The Colonels will close out the regular season by hosting Cooper while Ryle welcomes Highlands.
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