Raceland shuts out Ironton
RACELAND, Ky. -- Kentucky Class A playoff-bound Raceland delivered a blow to Ironton's playoff aspirations in Ohio Division V, Region 17 with a 17-0 blanking of the Fighting Tigers in a Friday football game at Ram Stadium.
The Rams go into the playoffs next week with an 8-2 record. Ironton, 3-7, needed a lot of help from other teams Friday to get a playoff berth.
Connor Messer's 24-yard touchdown reception from Adam Elkins put Raceland ahead in the third quarter, 17-0. Messer, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver, out-jumped the Fighting Tigers to make the catch in the end zone.
Later in the third period Ironton had a good scoring opportunity snuffed out by an interception in the end zone.
Ironton stopped Raceland on downs early in the fourth quarter, giving the Fighting Tigers a chance to get back in it. A series of turnovers followed with both teams having passes intercepted. The Rams took the ball back with another interception by Maverick Dixon, his third of the game, with about seven minutes remaining.
Following Dixon's third pick, Ironton stopped the Rams again and went on offense with 4:21 to go. The Fighting Tigers didn't move the ball and gave it back on downs with less than three minutes left to play.
Ironton hurt itself with a rash of penalties and fell into a 10-0 halftime deficit.
On the opening possession of the night Ironton was called for two personal foul infractions that led to David Pennington's 23-yard field goal for the Rams.
The Fighting Tigers committed a personal foul on Raceland's first drive of the second quarter and it led to a Kane Snyder 29-yard touchdown run.
Ironton showed some defensive strength late in the half by stopping Raceland on downs at the 5-yard line.
IRONTON 0 0 0 0 -- 0
RACELAND 3 7 7 0 -- 17
R -- Pennington 23 field goal
R -- Snyder 29 run (Pennington kick)
R -- Messer 24 pass from Elkins (Pennington kick)