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Covington Catholic Has No Trouble with Greenup Co. in First Playoff Game

Covington Catholic had no trouble getting past Greenup County, 39-8, at home in the first round of the playoffs, but it came at a cost as quarterback Adam Wagner was once again forced from the game with an injury this time to his left leg.

“Injuries are a very unfortunate part of the game,” Colonels head coach Dave Wirth said. “Especially when you have kids that work as hard as Wags does. Hopefully it's nothing real bad and we can get him back.”

Wagner had a major knee injury last year and missed time in two games already this season with a concussion. His backup Ryan McGinness, who normally plays receiver, came in to finish the game at quarterback. McGinness threw, caught and ran for a touchdown on the afternoon.

“Coming into this season, I kind of expected to just be a receiver,” McGinness said after the game, “but injuries happened again just like last year. I was at quarterback and then I went to running back and back to quarterback now with Wags being down again so it's kind of a wild ride, but we have it under control.”

“Ryan's got a lot of mojo,” Wirth said about McGinness.

While Wagner was still in, the Colonels offense looked good. In the first quarter, Cov Cath drew first blood with a 19-yard pass to Jake Erpenbeck for a touchdown. The Colonels missed the point-after attempt.

Next it was McGinness catching a quick pass in the flats where he then ran it 53 yards down the sideline for another score.

Greenup County was bitten by the turnover bug at the most inopportune time as they watched defensive back Caleb Summe intercept a pass and return it 22 yards for the rare defensive touchdown, making the score 18-0 in the first quarter.

Wagner added another passing touchdown before he suffered his injury when he hit Lee McClure for a sharp 12-yard score, putting the Colonels up 26-0 and essentially sealing the deal while still in the first half.

The only Greenup County score came after Dressman took over as quarterback and threw a pick-six late in the third quarter. It made the score 39-8 and prevented the shutout.

Cov Cath travels to Johnson Central with the health of their quarterback very much in question. Johnson Central has long been known as a heavy run team and Coach Wirth knows that to be a top priority when facing the undefeated Class 4A powerhouse.

“They can lull you to sleep with the stuff they do and hit those passes,” Wirth said. “They still have a lot of size and a lot of speed, but yeah, you go down there and stop the run and force them do the things they aren't as good at.

Second round action begins next Friday night.

For more first round action in Northern Kentucky, click here.

Story & photo by Bryan Burke, associate editor

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