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NKY Football: Where Local Schools Landed in the Playoffs

Powered by the duo of Jacob Burton and Brice Fryman, Scott County ran its way to victory over Covington Catholic Friday night at Wooten Field in Park Hills, 35-28.

The visiting Cardinals jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the Colonels after blocking Cov Cath punts on consecutive possessions. Facing fourth-and-15 on its own 49, Scott County’s Josh Davis scooped up a blocked punt off the turf and outraced several Colonels into the end zone for a 7-0 lead, three minutes into the opening quarter. After CovCath’s ensuing drive stalled at midfield, the Cardinals blocked their second punt of the quarter, converting it into points several plays later with Fryman finding a hole up the middle for a 29-yard score and two touchdown advantage.

The Colonels continued their long drive down the field to begin the second quarter following several positive runs by Casey McGinness and Grant Dyer to put Cov Cath in Scott County territory. Despite an offensive holding penalty on the Colonels after their first down play inside the Cardinals’ 30, it bounced back, converting a fourth-and-10 from the 29, as Cov Cath quarterback AJ Mayer found Malachi Pike at the 18 for a new set of downs. Mayer converted another fourth down for the Colonels at the Scott County 9 with a two-yard gain. Two plays later, the junior found Anthony Best in the end zone for a score and the Cardinals’ lead was cut to 7 with 8:47 remaining in the second. But the Cardinals’ extended their lead nearly immediately on their next possession. Following a holding call that pushed it back to its own 19-yard line, Davis found Fryman for an 85-yard touchdown reception, putting the Cardinals up, 21-7.

Cov Cath survived an injury scare on its next drive. On third-and-13 from its own 21, McGinness tried to snare a low pass from hitting the turf but was hit on the play by a Cardinals’ linebacker, appearing to injure his right hand and wrist. But, he would return on offense for the Colonels on their next drive. After McGinness left the field holding his right arm, Scott County converted its next possession with good starting field position into a scoring drive capped by Burton finding the end zone from a yard out to give the Cardinals a 28-7 lead. However, Cov Cath countered on its next drive. Beginning on its own 29, Dyer ran around the left side for 13 yards. Back in the game, McGinness followed Dyer with another 13-yard gain down to the Scott County 45. A few plays later, facing first-and-goal at the Cardinals’ 8, Mayer was sacked, forcing the Colonels to call timeout with 31 seconds remaining until half. On second-and-11, Mayer tucked the ball and escaped into the end zone to close the gap going into the half, 28-14.

The Colonels capitalized on the momentum they built going into the break to begin the third quarter. Following a short Cardinals’ punt, Mayer found Josh Newman open down the middle for a 42-yard touchdown, pulling the Colonels closer, 28-21. Fryman then fumbled at the end of a long run on the Cardinals’ next possession, giving CovCath the ball back inside Scott County’s 40. On third down, Mayer hit Sam Schuh who made a leaping grab inside the Cardinals’ 10 and a first down. Two plays later, the Colonels tied the game up at 28, erasing a 21-point deficit.

Burton ran through the Colonels’ defense at the onset of the final quarter, culminating in a 15-yard run and a 35-28 lead. Cov Cath’s Mayer converted several first downs, leading the Colonels inside the Scott County 30 but stalled there. A mishandled snap resulted in a loss of 12 yards, then tight end Kameron Butler was overthrown, which would have given the Colonels a first down inside the 20. With under six minutes to play, the Cardinals sealed the victory with several big running plays courtesy of Burton and Fryman. Davis then took a knee to wind the clock out, ending hopes of a Cov Cath comeback.

The Colonels (7-3) still retain home field throughout the Class 5A playoffs and will face off against Fairdale (3-7) next Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the opening round.


NKY SCHOOLS IN THE PLAYOFFS

Class 1A

Dayton at Kentucky Country Day

Frankfort at Bellevue

Ludlow at (Louisville) Holy Cross

Eminence at Beechwood

Bishop Brossart at Raceland

Class 2A

Newport at Walton-Verona

Owen Co. at Holy Cross

Lloyd at Gallatin Co.

Carroll Co. at Newport Central Catholic

Class 4A

Scott at Johnson Central

Class 5A

Southern at Dixie Heights

Highlands at Doss

Fairdale at Covington Catholic

Class 6A

Henry Clay at Ryle

Cooper at Bryan Station

Paul Laurence Dunbar at Conner

George Rogers Clark at Simon Kenton

Campbell Co. at Madison Central

Tates Creek at Boone Co.


Other scores:

Beechwood 42, Newport Catholic 14. The Tigers finish their regular season with an impressive 9-1 record, including six wins in a row. Beechwood's only loss came in a rout at Covington Catholic. The Tigers put the 'Breds away early and await a visit from Eminence next week in the Class 1A playoffs. New Cath (5-5) hopes to rebound in the postseason when Carroll Co. visits for the first round of the Class 2A playoffs next week.

Highlands 48, Boone Co. 28. Boone County ended its 28-game losing streak last week, but Highlands put the Rebels back on the wrong side of the scoreboard Friday night. The Bluebirds have won their last two games, in an effort to salvage a season that saw seven consecutive losses for the proud program. Highlands (3-7) will hit the road next week to Louisville to take on Doss in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. Boone Co. (1-9) will get a visit from Lexington Tates Creek in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs.
 
Carroll Co. 27, Dayton 25. The Greendevils were handed their sixth straight loss as they fell to 2-8 to end the regular season. Dayton hits the road next week for a date with Kentucky Country Day in Louisville in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs.
 
Bracken Co. 18, Ludlow 13. In a game that was rescheduled after bad weather in August, the Panthers saw their regular season end with three straight losses and a 3-7 record. Ludlow takes on Louisville Holy Cross in next week's 1A playoffs opening round.
 
Holy Cross 56, Bellevue 12. Holy Cross is coming on strong when it matters, winning its third straight and improving its record to 7-3 just in time for next week's Class 2A playoffs where the Indians face Owen Co. in the opening round. Bellevue falls to 3-7 on the year, and hosts Frankfort in next week's opening round of the Class 1A playoffs.
 
Simon Kenton 39, Scott 7. The Pioneers recovered from last week's loss to Ryle and hammered Scott. Simon Kenton is 9-1 and hosts George Rogers Clark in next week's opening round of the Class 6A playoffs. Scott ends a rough regular season at 2-8 and will travel to Johnson Central for the opening round of next week's Class 4A playoffs.
 
Lloyd 41, Harrison Co. 20. The Juggernauts rallied back from last week's lopsided loss to Holy Cross to end their regular season at 5-5 with a win over Harrison Co. Next week, Lloyd visits Gallatin Co. for the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
 
Ryle 43, Dixie 15.  The regular season ends perfectly for Ryle. The Raiders are 10-0 heading into next week's Class 6A playoffs where they host Lexington Henry Clay. Dixie falls to 5-5 and will host Louisville Southern in next week's Class 5A playoffs.
 
Bishop Brossart 45, Pendleton Co. 7. Make it five in a row for the Mustangs who end the regular season at 8-2. Next week, Brossart travels to Raceland for the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs.
 
Henry Clay 21, Campbell Co. 14. The Camels are trending in the wrong direction as the regular season ends. With four straight losses, Campbell Co. falls to 3-7 on the year before next week's visit to Madison Central for the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
 
Conner 40, Mason Co. 8. The Cougars finish the regular season at an impressive 8-2 with their only losses coming to undefeated Ryle, and 9-1 Simon Kenton. When the Class 6A playoffs start next week, Conner plays host to Paul Laurence Dunbar.
 
Written by Jason Finnell in Park Hills and Michael Monks in Covington