July 19, 2014
COMETS DOWN HAWKS
Kings hands defending league champions first loss, 26-20
Eric Morton hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass with 3:04 remaining and T.J. Harris knocked away a pair of pass in the final seconds as the Kings Comets (7-2, 6-2 NFFL) defeated the defending NFFL champion Cincinnati Hawks (7-1, 7-1), 26-20, Saturday Night at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Comets failed to convert on their first opportunity to break a 20-20 tie when they turned the ball over on downs after Dimecus Brown had scooped up a fumble and returned it to the Hawks 2-yard line.
Antonio Jackson intercepted a pass on the Hawks’ next play from scrimmage, and C.J. Tally hit a diving Morton in the back of the end zone on the Comets next snap.
Doug Hicks knocked down a fourth-down pass to end Cincinnati’s next possession with 1:00 remaining, but the Hawks used their three time outs to force a punt, and advanced to the Comets 30-yard line before Harris batted away a couple passes into the end zone.
The Hawks opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Antonio Davis to Derrick Shearer with 1:28 in the first quarter, but the Comets countered with a pair of scores to lead, 12-7, by halftime.
Tally took off for a 47-yard touchdown run with 11:28 remaining in the second quarter and found Aric Evans for a 10-yard touchdown 18 seconds before halftime.
The Hawks moved back in front, 13-12, on a 4-yard touchdown pass by Davis, by Tally found Nez Mincy for a 10-yard score with 2:14 left in the third quarter, putting Kings on top, 20-13.
Davis and Shearer hooked up for a 3-yard touchdown to tie the score at 20-20 with 11:02 left in the game, but Morton’s diving touchdown put Kings ahead for good.
Tally finished with 175 passing yards on 14 of 24 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions, also rushing seven times for 56 yards.
Tyrone Berry led the Hawks with 94 yards on 15 carries, while Cincinnati was limited to 98 passing yards on 10-of-27 passing.
Brandon Wooten led the defense with seven tackles, followed by six by Ivan Dunn. Jameel Peeples recorded the Comets only sack and forced two fumbles in the game. Dunn and Brown each recovered one of those fumbles while Jackson and Evans had interceptions.
The Comets face the Northwest Dukes next Saturday afternoon at the Wyoming Recreation Center. The Comets conclude the regular season at home against the River City Bulldogs on August 2.
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July 12, 2014
KINGS KO’S XTREME
Comets gain 272 rushing yards in tune up for rematch with Hawks
Quarterback C.J. Tally had 262 all-purpose yards and accounted for all four Kings Comets touchdowns as the Comets (6-2, 5-2 NFFL) defeated the Cincinnati Xtreme (5-5, 3-4), 27-14, Saturday night at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Tally led a Comets ground attack that picked up 272 rushing yards, tied for second-most in team history, by gaining 112 yards on seven carries. That included a 61-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that put the Comets ahead for good and came one play after Tally completed a 33-yard pass to Aric Evans to convert a third-and-26 from the Comets own 6-yard line.
The Comets extended their lead to 13, 20-7, when Tally found Rickey Staley for a 16-yard touchdown just 3.3 seconds before halftime.
The Xtreme cut the lead back to six when a 58-yard pass from Ryan Erkins to Clay Ballinger on the first play of the second half set up Kaleb Slaughter’s 3-yard touchdown run, but Tally later hit Tim O’Brien with a 9-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal to restore the lead at 13 points, 27-14.
The Comets dominated possession in the fourth quarter to hold on to the lead, holding the ball 12:23 of the final 16:19 of the game.
The Xtreme reached Kings 1-yard line on their only possession of the fourth quarter, but Erkins was stopped on a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
A face mask penalty enabled the Comets to avoid a safety and escape their own goal line, and Kings ran out the final 5:30 with a nine-play, 91-yard drive that ended with the ball at the Xtreme 8-yard line as time expired.
In addition to his 112 rushing yards, Tally had 150 passing yards on 11-or-23 passing with touchdown passes to Staley, O’Brien, and Aric Evans.
Zach Sparks added 71 rushing yards on six carries, including a 37-yard burst on the final drive.
Erkins completed 16 of 26 passes for 187 yards for Cincinnati, with Ballinger hauling in seven passes for 149 yards.
The Comets defense limited the Xtreme to 9 rushing yards on nine carries as Kings out-gained Cincinnati, 406-177 in the game.
Antonio Jackson led the defense with seven tackles and was in on three of the Comets four sacks in the game. Vincent Harris added six stops, while Skyler Hughes, Jameel Peeples, and T.J. Harris all had at least a share of a sack. Brandon Wooten accounted for the game’s only turnover with an interception.
The Comets return to Western Hills High School again next weekend to face the defending NFFL Champion Cincinnati Hawks in a rematch of the Hawks 36-18, season-opening win against the Comets.
Kings final home game will be August 2 against the River City Bulldogs at Woodward High School.
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June 21, 2014
KINGS WINS IN WEST CHESTER
Defense shuts down Broncos in 15-8 victory
The Kings Comets (4-2, 3-2 NFFL) limited the Butler County Broncos (2-3, 2-5) to 30 yards of offense, holding on to beat the Broncos, 15-8, Saturday night at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio.
The Comets gained 295 yards to the Broncos 30, but were limited by four turnovers and 14 penalties.
Kings scored on its opening possession of the game when C. J. Tally hit Josh Rayford for a 41 yard touchdown pass with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter.
Tony Landingham extended the early lead to 9-0 by tackling a Bronco rusher in the end zone for a safety with 1:50 left in the quarter, but Kings would not score again until the fourth quarter.
The Comets failed to capitalize on four straight drives into Bronco territory in the second and third quarters, including one that resulted in an 89-yard interception return for a touchdown by Butler County, with Tony Santos’ 2-point conversion run cutting Kings lead to 9-8 with 4:16 remaining in the third quarter.
The Comets were finally able to extend their lead when Tally hit Mike Brown for a 10-yard touchdown with 6:30 left in the game.
Kings stopped Butler County on a three-and-out on the next possession and Vincent Harris sealed the victory by ending the Broncos final possession with an interception.
Mike Fuller also had his team-leading fourth interception of the season while Jameel Peeples had two sacks. Skyler Hughes led the defense with seven tackles, followed by five each by Harris, Landingham and Brandon Wooten.
C. J. Tally had 176 passing yards and 37 rushing yards in his return to the lineup. Brown caught four passes for 64 yards and Rayford had three grabs for 70 yards. Zach Sparks was the Comets leading rusher with 44 yards on nine carries.
The Comets will receive a forfeit win for next week’s scheduled game against the Preble County Wolves, improving to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the league. Kings returns to action July 12 against the Cincinnati Xtreme at Western Hills High School. The Comets final home game will be August 2.
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June 14, 2014
COMETS COME UP SHORT
Warriors defeats Kings, 35-20, in Portsmouth
The Kentucky Warriors (4-0, 4-0 NFFL) scored four straight touchdowns in the second and third quarters in defeating the Kings Comets (3-2, 2-2), 35-20, Saturday night at Spartan Municipal Stadium in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Rickey Staley threw a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes, an 11-yard strike to Mike Brown and a 53-yard pass to Chris Stanford, to give Kings a 12-7 first quarter lead, but the Comets were unable to get the Warriors off the field in the second quarter.
John Schweickart found Michael Weber for a 28-yard touchdown on fourth-and-18 to put the Spartans ahead, and David Mallory for a 31-yard touchdown on fourth-and-13 to extend the Warriors lead.
Schweikart completed each of his first seven passes in the game, finishing nine-of-16 passing for 185 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Schweikart also ran eight times for 104 yards, including a 38-yard run on a fourth-and-eight conversion in the third quarter.
Jontez Jones added a pair of rushing touchdowns, a 12-yard run in the second quarter and a 25-yard run in the third, to push Kentucky’s advantage to 35-12 with 9:34 left in the third quarter.
Vincent Harris, who had 10 tackles, including six for a loss, forced a fumble that Doug Hicks scooped up and ran in for a 38-yard touchdown return with 7:17 left in the quarter, with T.J. Harris running in a 2-point conversion to cut the deficit to 35-20.
The Comets were unable to take advantage of three Warrior turnovers the rest of the game, however.
Aric Evans intercepted one pass late in the third quarter, Mike Fuller had his second interception of the game in the fourth quarter, and Chris Davis recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter, but the Comets were unable to pick up a first down after any of those takeaways.
T.J.Harris led Kings on the ground with 18 carries for 84 yards. Mike Brown had five catches for 60 yards and Chris Stanford four grabs for 76 yards to lead the receivers, with each catching a touchdown pass from Staley.
The Comets return home to face the Butler County Broncos this Saturday at Lakota West High School at 7 p.m.
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June 7, 2014
DEFENSE DOMINATES IN COMETS WIN
‘D’ scores three touchdowns in 30-6 win against River City Bulldogs
The Kings Comets (3-1, 2-1 NFFL) defense forced five turnovers, recorded four sacks, and blocked a field goal in a 30-6 win against the River City Bulldogs (1-2, 1-2) Saturday night at Woodward High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Linebacker Vincent Harris led the way by recovering a fumble in the end zone on the game’s second play from scrimmage, also intercepting a pass and returning it 47 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Harris now has three touchdowns this season on defense.
Ivan Dunn also intercepted a pass and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown as Kings first three touchdowns all came on defense.
Rickey Staley found Chris Stanford for a 3-yard touchdown pass 16 seconds before halftime for the offense’s only touchdown of the game.
Kings outgained River City, 234 yards to 153, on offense, but was hindered by four turnovers of its own, including three lost fumbles.
Je’Sean Godfrey ran for 86 yards on 10 carries, leading a rushing attack that picked up 214 yards in the game. T. J. Harris added 51 yards on six carries.
Skyler Harris led the defense with five tackles while Brandon Wooten and Antwan Hill intercepted passes and James Jackson blocked a first-quarter field goal attempt by the Bulldogs.
The Comets travel to Portmouth, Ohio to play the Kentucky Warriors next Saturday, returning home to face the Butler County Broncos on June 21 at 7 p.m. at Lakota West High School.
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May 24, 2014
COMETS AVOID UPSET BID
Kings scores three straight TDs to defeat Dukes, 38-26
The Kings Comets (2-1, 1-1 NFFL) scored 22 straight points after falling behind, 20-16 in the second quarter, to defeat the Northwest Dukes (0-2, 0-2), 38-26, Saturday night at Taft High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rickey Staley keyed the comeback effort, catching a touchdown pass, throwing a touchdown pass, and rushing in a touchdown.
Staley’s touchdown catch came from starting quarterback C. J .Tally with 1:06 remaining in the first quarter, putting Kings ahead, 16-8.
Tally was forced out of the game after Kenneth Hamner’s sack and fumble return for a touchdown that put Northwest back on top, 20-16, with 10:22 remaining in the second quarter.
Staley took over under center and restored the Comets lead by running in a 2-yard touchdown 5:08 before halftime. Staley added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chris Stanford less than three minutes into the second half.
Marcus Harris capped off the scoring with a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Riley Dunlop closed out the scoring with the second of his two touchdown passes from Boo Jackson with 1:47 remaining in the game.
Staley complete 9 of 19 passes for 135 yards, ran twice for eight yards, and had one catch for 19 yards. Tally completed five of six passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns, adding 19 yards on two carries.
Mike Brown led the Comet receivers with six catches for 97 yards and a score.
Skyler Hughes led the defense with five tackles and was in on half of the Comets four sacks.
Riley Dunlop led the Dukes with five catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson completed three of five passes for 30 yards with two touchdown passes while starting quarterback Nick Hayes was 6 of 15 passing for 71 yards and a score.
After a bye next week, the Comets return to action June 7 against the River City Bulldogs in a road contest at Woodward High School. Kings next home game will be June 21 against the Butler County Broncos at Lakota West High School.
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May 17, 2014
COMETS FALL IN LEAGUE OPENER
Defending NFFL Champion Hawks hand Comets 36-18 defeat
Kings Comets quarterback C.J. Tally ran for 118 yards and passed for 133 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough as the Comets (1-1, 0-1 NFFL) fell in their National Frontier Football League (NFFL) opener, 36-18, to the Cincinnati Hawks (3-0, 1-0) on Saturday night at Taft High School.
Tally threw two touchdown passes to Nez Mincy and added another to Isiah Cheatham.
Antonio Davis threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns for the Hawks, also rushing for an 8-yard score in the third quarter.
Will McGivens added a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown for the Hawks, the defending NFFL champions.
On defense, Junior Frazier and Mike Fuller intercepted passes while Dennis Strayhorn forced a fumble that was recovered by Doug Hicks.
The Comets return to Taft High School next Saturday, May 24, to host the Northwest Dukes. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
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COMETS PREPARE FOR 2014
Kings returns to play in the NFFL
The Kings Comets are set to return to action for their 12th season of play in a new league the Northern Frontier Football League (NFFL). Minor League Football News Hall of Fame head coach Brian Wells is back as head coach, heading up a staff that includes returning coaches in Derrick Davidson and Dennis Whitman.
After taking the 2013 season off, the Comets return to action on May 10, hosting the Lima Warriors at Woodward High School at 7:30 p.m. The NFFL season begins the next week against the defending NFFL champion Cincinnati Hawks, led by former Comet head coach Carlos Chambers, on May 17. The 10-game NFFL regular season runs through August 2, with playoffs to follow.
August 20, 2012
14 COMETS NAMED ALL STARS
Five make HFL First Team
Fourteen members of the Kings Comets have been named to Heartland Football League South Conference All-Stars, led by five players who were named First Team.
Kings record-setting passing game is represented on the First Team by quarterback Antonio Davis and receivers Mike Brown and Dyshaun Edwards. Linemen Rico Middlebrooks and Demetrius Blasingame represent the defense on the First Team.
Davis has breezed past previous Comet records with 3,025 yards and 33 yards on 165-of-262 passing in nine games. Brown also set franchise records with 46 receptions for 801 yards, scoring nine touchdowns. Edwards finished second on the team with eight touchdowns and 615 yards on 32 catches.
Middlebrooks leads the Comets with 10 sacks among his 23 tackles. Blasingame is second on the teams with eight sacks among 23 tackles, with two fumble recoveries.
First Team members will be eligible for an all-star game the HFL is planning against the Northern Frontier Football League (NFFL).
Linebacker Keilan Woods, the Comets leader with 34 tackles, was named to the Second Team along with Carlos Davis, Richard Stokes, and Antwoine Higgins from the offense.
At tackle, Davis has anchored an offensive line that has allowed only five sacks all season, including none since June 23. Stokes leads the Comets with 332 rushing yards, matching a franchise record with eight rushing touchdowns. Higgins is second on the team in receptions with 33, picking up 561 yards and scoring six touchdowns.
Offensive tackle Kevin Thomas and four members of the defense, Brandon Martin, Tyrone Berry, Tim Johnson, and Cedric Holmes, made the Third Team.
Martin shares the team lead in interceptions with three, while Johnson ranks second in tackles with 28, Berry third with 24, and Holmes is third on the team with six sacks in as many games.
The Columbus Fire led the South Conference with 20 all-stars, including 19 players who were named First Team.
The Comets face the Fire for the South Conference championship this Saturday night at Grandview High School (1587 West Third Avenue) in Columbus. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
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