Newport Catholic Knocks Newport Out of Playoffs
Both teams were hot coming into Friday night's match-up between these two rivals, the second time the teams have met this season.
Newport brought a five-game winning streak while Newport Central Catholic had won six of its last seven after a winless start to the season. In the regular season match-up, the Thoroughbreds held on for a close victory but on Friday night they had an easier time of things.
The Wildcats fumbled the ball five times, their first coming on the team's first drive. Then, with the score at 6-3, the Wildcats fumbled a punt and then a kickoff leading to two New Cath touchdowns. Newport would cut the lead to ten at the half.
Then to start the second half, Newport inched closer with a touchdown and a two-point conversion.
But two more turnovers proved to be costly for the Wildcats and the Thoroughbreds capitalized and pulled away, winning 42-26.
Beechwood 34, Frankfort 21 (Class 1A)
Highlands 37, Covington Catholic 34 (Class 4A)
Cooper 61, Anderson Co. 14 (Class 5A)
Dixie Heights 24, Simon Kenton 0 (Class 6A)
-Story & photos by Brian Frey, RCN contributor