Cov Cath Beats Boone in 1 Half as Weather Takes Toll on Football's First Weekend
In a game that was called at halftime due to the heat and humidity, Covington Catholic trounced Boone County, 39-6, on Saturday morning at Covington Catholic High School.
The Colonels' victory was in one of several games canceled or postponed by weather. Lightning was the main factor on Friday night. Cov Cath and Boone had the game moved to 10 a.m. in order to avoid the heat, but the Colonels walked away with a full victory after just half the game was played.
Colonels quarterback, Adam Wagner made it look easy against the Rebels defense as he tossed five touchdowns and effectively blew the game out. Wide out, Logan McDowell, was the recipient of two of those touchdowns on wide-receiver screen passes that allowed him to maneuver down the sidelines and into the end zone. Lee McClure also had two touchdown catches, one a lofty pass in the corner of the end zone and the other a nicely-thrown deep ball on a go route that hit McClure in stride.
Boone County found a little success through the air in the early going as they were able to drive the ball down field in the first quarter, scoring their only touchdown on a short run up the gut inside the three-yard line, but because their ground game was so limited, their attack became predictable and punts and interceptions ensued as a result.
Covington Catholic wide receiver, Ryan McGinnes, got the party started early for the Colonel faithful on hand taking a direct snap up the middle untouched from inside the 20-yard line. Cov Cath would not relinquish the lead after that. The Colonels rarely handed the ball off at all, but stayed in their spread shotgun formation and looked for many screens and quick outs to their speedy receivers. Boone County would have liked to have run the ball more but because they couldn't find big yardage out the their rushing attack, and because the score got out of hand so fast, the only open targets they could throw to made catches in the flats for minimal gains. When they did try to stretch the field vertically on long throws, they either ended up as either incompletions or picks.
The game (or the half of a game) was by no means squeaky clean for the Colonels. They missed two extra points, failed at a two-point conversion and were called for 15-yard penalties such as excessive celebration, pass interference and roughing the passer. It also appeared that junior offensive lineman Nathan Baute suffered a significant leg injury and was seen later walking gingerly on crutches.
Other than those nitpicks and the muggy conditions, Colonel fans had little to complain about on the afternoon. Covington Catholic hosts Dixie on Saturday, August 21 at 1 p.m.
The Ludlow Panthers edged Gallatin County to start off the season on a positive note, winning 29-28 at home.
Holmes took care of Holy Cross, 21-7, in a game Bulldogs coach Ben Nevels described as "not pretty.
Dayton quarterback Dylan Adams powered his team to an 18-13 victory at home over Bishop Brossart with two rushing touchdowns. The Dragons scored 18 unanswered points before Bishop Brossart scored on a fumble return to breathe life into their team's chances. They scored another touchdown in the game's final minute but were unable to recover the onside kick.
Walton Verona hammered Bellevue, 40-0. Bellevue was unable to accumulate over 100 total yards on offense and gave the ball away five times on turnovers. Walton-Verona scored 34 points in the second quarter. The game was called at the half due to lightning.
Games Postponed by Lightning
• Newport Central Catholic vs. Ashland Paul Blazer (will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday)
• Newport 6, Mason County 0 (resumes Saturday at 7:30 p.m.)
• Scott vs. East Jessamine was canceled with no score after under five minutes were played. This game will not be rescheduled.
Written by Bryan Burke, RCN associate editor
Photo by RCN's Brian Frey from Dayton-Brossart, which was incidentally, not affected by the weather