NKY Football: Beechwood Routs Ludlow; Cov Cath, Simon Kenton Still Perfect
Friday night proved to be big in Northern Kentucky high school football action.
Three undefeated local teams went into battle, and only two remain now.
Ludlow went to Ft. Mitchell to take on Beechwood, perfect so fat this season, and left on the wrong side of an epic rout.
Covington Catholic hammered Highlands while Simon Kenton won a shootout against Campbell County, leaving the Colonels and the Pioneers as the region's last standing unbeatens.
Here's a look at what happened:
Beechwood 63, Ludlow 0
A befitting microcosm of Ludlow’s luck Friday night at Beechwood’s Edgar McNabb Field; the Panthers did not gain a first down – without the benefit of a defensive penalty – until midway through the third quarter Friday evening, as the Panthers seven-game winning streak came to a halt, 63-0.
The Tigers didn’t waste any time finding the end zone, as senior running back James Davis carried 47 yards up the middle nearly untouched for an early 7-0 Beechwood lead. Two minutes later, Ludlow’s Max Hathaway fumbled a screen pass from Chase Blackburn and the Tigers recovered. On first-and-10 at the Panthers 21, Davis advanced the ball down to the nine, then scored his second touchdown with 8:42 still to play in the opening quarter. And Beechwood was just getting started. After it partially blocked a Ludlow punt inside the Panthers 40, Tigers senior quarterback Brayden Burch hit Daniel Mescher in-stride at the 20 and the senior put Beechwood ahead by three scores with seven minutes still to play in the first. Before the quarter came to an end, Davis had his third score of the evening, a nine-yard run to the right pylon, beating Ludlow defenders across the goal line for a 28-0 Tigers lead to end the quarter.
Danial Mescher added to the Panthers misery, as he raced 80 yards down the left sideline for a punt-return touchdown to open the second quarter. Then on its ensuing drive, it overcame an intentional grounding penalty and unsportsmanlike conduct on first down, which resulted in a loss of down. But, it didn’t seem to matter. Facing second-and-30 on its own 29, Burch found Mescher near midfield, as the receiver raced to the end zone to build the Tigers lead, 42-0. Beechwood’s deep corps at running back added to the scoring total, as Josh Derry and Logan Castleman joined the Tigers touchdown parade, widening their lead to 56-0 into halftime.
Backup running back Jake Sherron finalized the scoring on the night late in the third quarter with a goal line run for 63-0 Tigers lead. With the game long out of reach for Ludlow, second string quarterback Noah Hoffmeister saw an errant shotgun snap sail over his head as circumstances never improved for the Panthers, as it was shut out of the end zone for game’s entirety.
Beechwood (6-2) stays home to face Dayton next Friday at 7:30 p.m., while Ludlow (7-1) looks to bounce back against Bellevue at James Rigney Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Covington Catholic 52, Highlands 0
This battle of traditional powers was not much of a battle at all.
Covington Catholic has flexed all season since flipping the switch on the new lights in its renovated stadium in Park Hills.
The #1-ranked Colonels (8-0) upended the Bluebirds (3-5) 52-0 on Friday night.
Qaurterback A.J. Mayer threw for 291 yards and rushed for a touchdown. Junior running back Casey McGinness ran for a pair of touchdowns, while Grant Dyer, Jacob Shriver, Jack Coldiron, and Richard Reusch added TDs for the Colonels, too. David Gronotte added a field goal.
Highlands's offense never got going. The Bluebirds lost the ball to fumbles three times, and gaining just 128 offensive yards on the night.
Next week, Covington Catholic visits Dixie Heights while Highlands will travel to Greenwood.
Simon Kenton 65, Campbell County 40
The Pioneers and Camels came to play in Independence on Friday night, and Simon Kenton pulled away to remain perfect this season.
For the second straight game and third time this season, SK posted more than 60 points.
They have outscored opponents 419 to 128 on the year.
Next week, Simon Kenton (9-0) finishes its regular season with a visit from Ryle.
Campbell County (5-3) is home against Boone County.
Mason County 20, Holmes 16
The Bulldogs are streaking in the wrong direction again.
After ending a season-opening four-game losing streak with a pair of wins, Holmes has lost two in a row.
Next week, it doesn't get any easier for Holmes (2-6) as the Bulldogs travel to Scott.
See more photos from the Holmes-Mason County game in the slideshow below.
Bellevue 42, Dayton 40 (OT)
It took overtime for Bellevue to down its rival Dayton in the teams' second meeting this season.
Both teams will have their hands full again next week
Bellevue (5-3) travels to Ludlow while Dayton (1-7) visits Beechwood.
Lloyd 46, Newport Central Catholic 14
The Juggernauts are putting together an impressive season and easily rolled over the hosting Thoroughbreds on Friday night.
Lloyd is now 6-2 on the season, one of the best records in all of Kentucky Class 2A. Newport Central Catholic drops to 4-4.
Next week, Lloyd is home against Holy Cross while New Cath visits rival Newport.
Scott 29, Bourbon County 20
The Eagles bounced back from last week's heartbreaking loss to Cincinnati Taft.
Scott held off its visitors from Bourbon County, 29-20 in Taylor Mill on Friday night.
Next week, the Eagles (5-3) take a trip to Covington to face Holmes.
Walton-Verona 48, Carroll County 7
It's three wins in a row for Walton-Verona.
The Bearcats had no trouble with their visitors from Carrollton.
Next week, Walton (6-2) travels to Gallatin County.
Cooper 35, Boone County 7 (Thursday)
Cooper downed Boone County in a Thursday night game in Florence, picking up its first win of the season.
The Jaguars (1-7) hit the road to Hebron next week for a date with Conner.
Boone County (1-7) visits Campbell County.
Holy Cross and Newport play on Saturday. RCN will have a recap and photos from that game.
Written by Jason Finnell in Ft. Mitchell, and Brian Frey and Michael Monks in Covington