Football Playoffs: Newport, New Cath Advance; Season Ends for Scott, Ludlow
Newport 45, Galltin Co. 6
Newport advances to the second round of the playoffs after easily handling Gallatin County, 45-6, at home on Friday night.
The Wildcats executed well all night on both sides of the ball as they only turned the ball over once and had very few penalties called on them.
“It was a complete game,” Newport head coach Matt Schmitz said of his team's performance.
The scoring for Newport began right away as quarterback Paul Price hit Brian Burton in stride on a long pass down the sideline that gave the Wildcats an 8-0 lead on their first possession.
Gallatin County took over and moved the ball down the field with some consistency on their first series, driving as far as the Newport 10-yard line. It turned out to be the team's most meaningful drive of the evening but still did not result in points after they failed on fourth down.
Newport running back Tyree Bolden then took a hand off 63 yards for a touchdown simply running past everyone to the outside and breaking loose down the sideline.
Once the defense returned to the field on the next series, Newport defensive back David Lynam sniffed out a screen play, picked off the pass and returned it 30 yards for an easy touchdown. The score then became 22-0, still in the first quarter, and the route was on.
Gallatin County compounded their troubles by throwing a deep interception on the following possession. The Wildcats then made them pay for their mistake with a 20-yard touchdown pass to running back Dominic Joseph who broke a tackle on his way to the end zone.
The theme kept recurring of Gallatin County hurting themselves and Newport capitalizing from it, as Gallatin County mishandled the snap on the punt and tried throwing for it on fourth down which proved unsuccessful. On the next play, Bolden took a hand off 20 yards and down to the one-yard line before Albert Guzman plunged it into the end zone for another Wildcat score, extending the blowout to a 36-0 lead, which remained the score until halftime.
The clock ran continuously in the second half thanks to the KHSAA mercy rule that keeps the clock going with any lead 35 points or greater.
After halftime, Price threw an interception near the end zone on what looked to be a slant pattern and was really the only noticeable setback for the Wildcats all night.
“That pick was unfortunate,” Schmitz said. “We were trying to get the ball to one of our seniors for a touchdown there. Other than that, Paul didn't put up the kind of stats he has put up in the year, but he managed the game and played probably his most perfect game of the year.”
Gallatin County was able to get a score late in the fourth quarter to prevent the shutout.
Newport won the game in a lot of areas, but they really controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the game and as a result dominated the whole time. One defensive lineman that stood out was Junior Kameron Covington, who showed up on many tackles for minimal gains on the evening. Covington has long arms and a decent frame that could fill out to make for a scary good defensive end someday.
“He's talented,” Schmitz said of Covington. “He could be special. He's just learning. This is only his second year of playing football and he is so raw but there is a lot of talent in that body and you're right he had a heck of a night tonight.”
Newport hits the road in the next round where they won't have to go too far to play a very talented Walton Verona team that is 10-1 on the season. The Wildcats did beat the Bearcats, 36-26, in Week 2 at Newport.
“It's not about who we play, it's about us,” said Schmitz. “That's what we're trying to establish as a program and I think we're doing that.”
-Bryan Burke, associate editor
Newport Central Catholic 43, Trimble Co. 0
The Thoroughbreds extended Trimble Co.'s losing streak to four games and ended their season as New Cath advances to the second round with a 43-0 rout.
The 'Breds got going early with a 31-yard touchdown run by Jacob Smith, and then a 90-yard return of an interception for a touchdown by Brandon Gray. New Cath ran up 150 total yards in the first half and went to the locker rooms with a 36-0 lead. One more touchdown would be added to close out the game.
Newport Central Catholic faces Lloyd next week.
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Bellevue advanced with a big win over Eminence, 61-12. The Tigers advance to play at Frankfort next week, a team that ended Dayton's season on Friday, 48-0. Ludlow also saw its season come to an end at Paris, 55-19. Beechwood will host Paris next week after routing Bracken Co., 62-0.
Walton-Verona blasted Holy Cross out of the playoffs, 57-14 and will meet up with Newport next week. Lloyd beat up Carroll Co. 54-32 and will play Newport Central Catholic on Friday.
Highlands had no trouble with Boyd Co., winning 44-7 and advancing to play Ashland Blazer, a team that knocked out Holmes, 49-14. Covington Catholic plays host to Greenup Co. on Saturday.
Scott's storybook season ended with a 32-13 loss at Anderson Co. Cooper advanced with a 31-7 win over Woodford Co. and will next play Franklin Co. which defeated Conner, 35-13.
Dixie Heights moved on with a big win over Tates Creek, 46-18. The Colonels will play Ryle, which doubled up George Rogers Clark, 28-14. Simon Kenton routed Madison Central, 40-11 and will next face Lafayette, which eliminated Campbell Co., 35-21.