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NKY Football: Cov Cath, Beechwood Move On; Simon Kenton Falls

Two Northern Kentucky teams are still standing as the Kentucky high school football playoffs move on to the semifinals next Friday.

Covington Catholic claimed another scalp on Friday night, as the Colonels hit the road to South Oldham, and returned to Park Hills with a 49-7 victory.

Cov Cath roared to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, with A.J. Mayer tossing touchdown passes to Sam Schuh, Jack Coldiron, and Malachi Pike. The Colonels built a 35-o halftime lead, adding two more second quarter touchdowns, with another pass from Mayer to Coldiron and a long 53-yard touchdown pass to Casey McGinness.

Cov Cath added one touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters, including a 1-yard run by Jacob Shiver and a 33-yard run by Grant Dyer.

South Oldham got their first score of the night - preventing a shut out, with just three minutes remaining.

Next week, Covington Catholic (13-0) travels to South Warren (11-2) in the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs. The winner will play Harlan County or Madison Southern in the state championship.

Beechwood also rolled on to the semifinals in Class 1A, with the Tigers beating Kentucky Country Day, 35 to 14 on Friday night.

It's the sixth straight win for Beechwood (10-2).

Next week, Beechwood travels to Campbellsville (7-6), a team that has been up and down this season but is peaking at the right time. The winner moves on to the 1A state finals against the winner of Raceland-Pikeville. 

The Tigers have the best record of the four remaining teams.

Meanwhile, the Simon Kenton Pioneers saw their season come to a close on Friday night in the Class 6A quarterfinals.

Undefeated Trinity had no trouble with the Pioneers in Louisville, beating SK 49 to 17.

-Staff report