Friday Night Preview: High School Football District Action Begins
District play opens this week in Northern Kentucky high-school football; let the rivalries begin.
Covington Catholic at Highlands District 4 Class 4A
Highlands has beaten Cov Cath 11 straight times , but the Colonels have the offensive weaponry to pull off the upset special. In order for the Colonels to adequately compete against the Bluebirds, they must limit the Highlands passing game, primarily wide out Alex Veneman.
Bishop Brossart (1-2) at Holy Cross (0-4) District 6 Class 2A
Two teams still waiting to hit their offensive stride meet at Holmes High School in what could be a slug-it-out game. Neither team has cracked 20 points in a game so far this season, Brossarts defense has been solid excluding their 40-0 loss to Bracken County Week 2. For the Indians, look for running back Xavier Abernathy to carry the load if the game is a low-scoring defensive battle.
Newport Central Catholic (0-4) at Lloyd (4-0) District 6 Class 2A
New Cath finally faces a school in its Class as the Breds have lost four straight to bigger schools to open the season. Meanwhile Lloyd has lived up to its nickname as Juggernaughts as they have scored over 40 points in every game so far. The NCC coaching staff has higher hopes for district play compared to how they have fared so far outside of the district, and it seems Lloyd should be an excellent measuring stick to see how the stack up to their divisional foes.
Holmes (1-3) at Beechwood (2-2) Non-District Game
The Beechwood faithful has not been very pleased with the Tigers season thus far. Despite big wins the last two weeks, early losses to Mount Healthy (OH) and Dixie have raised concerns about the team's defense. Holmes, on the other hand, has been a few big plays away from a much more respectable record. The Bulldogs play hard for coach Ben Nevels but have often hurt themselves with mistakes. A competitive showing against Beechwood, should help their confidence moving forward.
Berea (3-2) at Ludlow (3-2) Non-District Game
The Panthers have perhaps exceeded expectations already this season as they head into Week 6 with the best record in their district, though they have yet to play in a district game so far. With slim-margin wins over Gallatin County and Brossart, Ludlow has demonstrated toughness in close games. Berea has also won a pair of close wins, including one on the road to Nicholas County.
Scott (4-0) at Cooper (3-2) District 4 Class 5A
The Scott Eagles have cruised through their schedule thus far, averaging a margin of victory of 34 points this season. Cooper is coming off of a home thrashing by Simon Kenton 46-0, but were far more stout in their other games. The Jaguars limited their opponents to less than 10 points in every game except last week. For them to remain competitive this week against Scott, they must limit the multi-headed ground attack of the Eagles that has rolled over so many defenses already this season. Running backs Roberto London and Deondre Pleasant are especially explosive and can quickly turn the game into a blowout if they reach the second-tier of the defense in the open field.
Bellvue (2-3) at Owen County (0-5) Non-District Game
The Tigers are coming off of their biggest win of the year as they hammered Carroll County last week, 50-14. Owen County, meanwhile, have struggled mightily on both sides of the ball, leading to their winless record.
Pendleton County (2-3) at Newport (1-3) Non-District Game
The Wildcats have played hard this year but have come short in most of their games. All of their games have ended relatively close—the biggest difference on the scoreboard has been only 17 points—but if Newport wants to end with a winning record, they must find ways to pull out wins, starting tonight with Pendleton County.
-Bryan Burke, associate editor