8 NKY Teams Remain. At Least 3 Will Be Vanquished on Friday.
The Northern Kentucky high school football postseason soldiers on with five games to be played featuring local teams on Friday night, three of which showcase head-to-head area battles.
Simon Kenton is the region’s sole unbeaten team and are hosting Cooper in a rematch game from earlier in the season when the Pioneers came out victors, 26-7. SK took care of Ryle last week and have the Class 6A championship still in their sites. If the Pioneers extend their winning streak to 13 games, they will play the winner of Scott County and Lafayette in the semifinals.
Listen as RCN's Bryan Burke and Michael Monks preview Friday night's games:
In Class 5A, the old familiar clash of Cov Cath at Highlands takes place for the sixth straight postseason as the Bluebirds look to take another step closer to defending their title from a year ago. Both teams have fewer wins on their record than they are accustomed to, but the records go out the window this time of year and both squads are hungry for a W. The two faced this year in Week 8 at Cov Cath when Highlands emerged as victors, 14-10. Since that game, the Bluebirds have been on a winning streak.
Class 2A features Newport Central Catholic hosting Lloyd in what should be an evenly matched showdown in Newport. The Thoroughbreds made it all the way to the state final game last year and will try to run behind senior tailback Jacob Smith to get their again, but the Juggernauts have had a refreshingly quality season and intend on stopping New Cath in their tracks.
The Scott Eagles find themselves in the third round of the KHSAA playoffs for the first time ever. The Eagles beat Ashland Blazer at home last week to host again on Friday night when they take on Johnson Central. Scott is led by a tough rushing attack and a stout offensive line that has help propel the Eagles to new heights for coach Dan Woolley and his squad.
Beechwood also has championship aspirations as the Tigers travel to Louisville to take on that city's Holy Cross. The Tigers are 11-1 and have not lost since they fell to Cov Cath at home in Week 4. Coach Noel Rash’s team is prepared for the big dogs of Class 1A with a strong offensive line and playmakers that play on both sides of the ball. The Tigers have won their last eight games in a row.
Playoff Games with Northern Kentucky Teams:
Class 1A: Beechwood at Louisville Holy Cross
Class 2A: Lloyd at New Cath
Class 4A: Johnson Central at Scott
Class 5A: Covington Catholic at Highlands
Class 6A: Cooper at Simon Kenton