NKY High School Football: Week 8 Results
Another week of high school football is in the books.
RCN's Jason Finnell took in the Newport-Lloyd game while Brian Frey was at Newport Catholic-Holy Cross.
Finnell's full game recap and Frey's photo slideshow are below.
The full scoreboard is also below with results from around the region. If the scores displayed showed a different day, simply click back to Friday.
It was a game where nothing seemed to click for the visiting Newport Wildcats in their district opener. Its opening drive of the game resulted in a quick three-and-out. With good field position on the Wildcats’ side of the 50, Lloyd’s Travon Mason took the second down handoff from Dakota Thiel and found the endzone from 16-yards out to put the Juggernauts ahead, 8-0, and the home team never looked back, blanking Newport, 30-0, Friday night at Cecil Dees Field in Erlanger.
The Wildcats’ subsequent possession resulted in a blocked punt and Lloyd was knocking on the door again. Mason’s strong start keyed the Juggernauts to another score, highlighted by his 36-yard run on third down to keep the drive alive. Several plays later, Jon Williams’ two-yard carry gave Lloyd a 14-0 advantage near the end of the first quarter.
Newport’s second quarter possessions came up empty, getting no closer than 35 yards, when quarterback Kaleal Davis’ fourth-and-one carry was stuffed by a host of Juggernaut defenders. Lloyd’s drive appeared destined for points after Mason broke free for 27 yards but stalled after Newport’s defense held on second and third down, and Thiel’s pass in the end zone fell incomplete on fourth down with only a few seconds remaining before halftime. The Wildcats also squandered their chances to change the course of the game prior to the half, Head Coach Joseph Wynn said.
“Should have been 14-7. We fumbled on the five-yard line going in (to score). We come out the second half, it’s a whole new ballgame. And that’s where they (Lloyd) came out and answered the bell, too.”
Giaunte Jackson’s kickoff return to the 43 went for naught to begin the third quarter for the Wildcats. Its first play resulted in an illegal shift penalty; Jackson was thrown for a five-yard loss on second down; a false start penalty preceded its third down play. When Newport caught a break by way of a Juggernauts’ pass interference call on the down replay, Davis’ pass was intercepted by linebacker Tyson Maynard. After his return, the Juggernauts began inside the 20 and tacked on eight more points following Thiel’s dive in from the one-yard line on fourth-and-goal to give Lloyd a 22-0 lead after a successful two-point conversion with under 6:00 minutes to play in the quarter. Williams’ second TD run of the game midway through the final period of play gave Lloyd the final four-score advantage.
Wynn has a good idea why his team didn’t play well in its first district game, but it mostly had nothing to do with its play on the field. A lack of camaraderie amongst the team is why he believes they have struggled at times this season. “They were established. They were together all offseason and we weren’t. They were in the weight room and built that camaraderie and that’s what we’re kind of missing. You can see that we’re still having mental errors where sometimes you don’t develop that as a program you erase those mistakes,” he said.
“I had 25 kids in June, in July. We had 25 kids into July, so we’ve been a team, most of us, for all of eight weeks,” adding that the starting quarterback was undecided until the end of July, as well. “But, I’m grateful to be here and our kids are going to work hard.” The message is simple, Wynn said: Beat Holy Cross and we have a home playoff game against New Cath and we’re a two seed at the worst.
Newport (4-3) looks to bounce back against the winless Indians at home next Friday, while Lloyd (5-2) welcomes the visiting Thoroughbreds. Both games begin at 7:00 p.m.