NKY Football: Bellevue Tops Dayton, Scott Beats Dixie, Brossart Spoils Holmes Debut
Bellevue bounced back from its tough two-point loss on the road at Nicholas County last week, beating its rival Dayton, 47-27, Friday evening at Gilligan Stadium.
Tigers senior quarterback Eric Atkins found Frankie Baker streaking down the left side for a 77-yard scoring play to put Bellevue on the board first, 7-0, eight minutes into the opening quarter. After going three-and-out on its possession, Dayton’s Seth Chinn had his punt partially blocked by Alex Scott, putting the Tigers well within Devils’ territory. Then on first-and-10 from the Dayton 31, Will Ryan turned a short screen pass into a 25-yard score, giving his team an early 13-0 lead. Devils senior Jesse Wildeboer was knocked out of the game briefly after returning the ensuing kickoff 40 yards, snuffing out any momentum Dayton was trying to muster in the first half.
Bellevue added to its lead midway through the second quarter after Atkins completed a 49-yard pass to junior Daniel Hill. However, the two-point conversion failed and the Tigers margin held at 19.
But Bellevue’s special teams came through again.
Blocking a second punt in as many quarters, the Tigers turned the opportunity into more points, running straight through the Dayton defense for another touchdown with just over four minutes remaining in the quarter and a four-touchdown lead, 27-0. The Tigers’ defense completed their scoring in the first half with a Baker interception of Chinn, followed by Ryan’s five-yard run into the end zone and a 34-0 margin at the half.
With eight minutes remaining in the third, Chinn put his team on the board for the first time with a 45-yard quarterback draw, outracing Tigers defenders for the score. Bellevue countered with a 30-yard pass to senior Seth Evers from Atkins, the quarterback’s fourth of the game. On its next possession, Devils’ standout Patrick Gonzales gave Dayton another score with a 75-yard kickoff return to make it 41-13. After Bellevue turned the ball over on downs, Chinn found an open Wildeboer inside the Tigers’ 30, for a 35-yard completion. On first-and-ten from the Bellevue 24, Tigers cornerback Tyler Thompson stepped in front of Chinn, ending the Dayton scoring opportunity to close out the third quarter.
Bellevue’s Chase Stephenson added his teams’ final touchdown of the game, a 20-yard reception to put the Tigers up, 47-13. However, Dayton was not finished. On second-and-16 from the Tigers’ 41, Chinn found Xavier Hundemer inside the 10. Chinn then kept the ball himself for a Devils’ score, 47-21.
With time winding down, Dayton recovered a Tigers’ fumble and converted it into their final points of the night, a 43-yard run by Cameron Trimnell, and a 47-27 final.
Bellevue (1-1) remains at home next week to face Bishop Brossart (2-0) at 7:00 p.m. Dayton (0-2) returns to Davis Field on September 8, to face Pendleton County (2-0).
Brossart Spoils Holmes's Debut on New Field
Thursday brought a night of celebration in Covington as Holmes High School celebrated the opening of the new Tom Ellis Field, fresh off a $2.5 million renovation.
On Friday night, the spirits were downed by the Mustangs of Bishop Brossart who shut out the host Bulldogs, 13-0. That wasn't all that went wrong for Holmes; the field's lights went out and delayed the game for roughly ten minutes.
Photos from the game by RCN's Brian Frey are in the slideshow below.
Next week, Holmes (0-1) visits Walton-Verona (1-1) while Brossart (2-0) travels to Bellevue (1-1).
Covington Catholic rolls over Lexington Catholic in Bluegrass Bowl
The Colonels of Covington Catholic routed their hosts Lexington Catholic, 48-2 in the Bluegrass Bowl.
Senior quarterback A.J. Mayer threw for two touchdowns and ran for one himself while Luke Lenihan, Kameron Butler, Malachi Pike, Casey McGinnis, and Richard Reusch also made it into the Knights' end zone.
Cov Cath (2-0) welcomes Cooper (0-2) to Park Hills next week.
Ludlow 27, Bracken Co. 24. It was another shootout for the Panthers who downed Bracken Co. 27-24 after blasting Carroll Co. 56-39 last week. Ludlow (2-0) has its first home game next week as Gallatin Co. comes to town.
Scott 42, Dixie 27. The Eagles hit the road to Edgewood and bounced back from last week's season opening loss to Newport Central Catholic, beating Dixie Heights, 42-27. Scott (1-1) visits Holy Cross (0-1) next Saturday at 5 p.m. while Dixie (0-2) goes to Milford (Ohio).
Newport Central Catholic 29, Cooper 7. The Thoroughbreds are off to a hot start, winning both of its opening games and giving up only two touchdowns so far. Next week, New Cath (2-0) travels to Campbell Co. (1-1).
Newport 30, Finneytown (Ohio) 15. The Wildcats are on the road for the first four games of the season, but so far, so good. Next week, Newport (1-0) visits Owen Co.
Beechwood 35, Lloyd 14. The Tigers opened its season with an easy win in Erlanger over the hosting Juggernauts. Next week, the trip is longer for Beechwood as the Tigers head down to Somerset while Lloyd (1-1) has the week off.
Simon Kenton 49, Bryan Station 27. It was another blowout on the road for the Pioneers. Simon Kenton (2-0) hits the road again next week, its third straight away game to open the season, with a visit to Conner (1-0).
Highlands 27, Campbell Co. 20 (OT). It took extra time but the Bluebirds eked out a win against the Camels, avenging last year's loss. Read the game recap at Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands (2-0) travels to face fellow unbeaten Scott Co. next week while Campbell Co. (1-1) hosts Newport Central Catholic (2-0).
Ryle 34, Henry Clay 28 (OT). The Raiders helped make it a clean sweep for Northern Kentucky teams in the two-game Bluegrass Bowl (Cov Cath knocked off Lexington Catholic in the other one) but this one took overtime. Ryle was able to bounce back from last week's loss at Covington Catholic to beat Henry Clay, which was blown out the week prior 48-0 by Tates Creek. Next week, the Raiders (1-1) hosts Boone Co. (0-1).
Conner 21, Boone Co. 13. The Cougars started their season on the right foot, winning at home in Hebron over the Rebels. Next week, Conner (1-0) will have its hands full with Simon Kenton (2-0) while Boone Co. (0-1) hosts Ryle (1-1).
Kentucky Country Day 21, Walton-Verona 20. It was a tough loss for the Bearcats who fell by one point on their visit to Louisville's KCD. Next week, Walton (1-1) looks to get back to their winning ways when Holmes (0-1) comes to visit.
Written by Jason Finnell in Bellevue, Brian Frey in Covington, and Michael Monks (editor & publisher)
Top photo: Holmes loses to Bishop Brossart - and the lights broke down, too (RCN)