Photos: Holy Cross Routs Holmes & Other NKY High School Football Scores
High school football is back in Northern Kentucky.
It was a tough opening Friday night for Holmes, Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton, as the four River City schools lost their games by a combined 154 to 19. Holy Cross dominated its crosstown rival Holmes, 42-7, while Ludlow thrashed Newport, 42-0. Bellevue was easily toppled at Gallatin Co., 30-6, and the new jerseys were not enough to save Dayton against Bishop Brossart, as the Greendevils fell, 40-6.
Holmes and Holy Cross met in Park Hills, on Covington Catholic's field since the Bulldogs' stadium is undergoing a much-needed renovation. The game opened slowly and the first quarter ended in a 0-0 tie. The Indians got on the board first in the second quarter with a 7-yard touchdown run by Xavier Abernathy. Holmes began to fall apart soon after, turning the ball over five times in the second quarter. Holy Cross seized those turnovers and converted three touchdowns.
At the half, Holy Cross led, 28-0.
By game's end, Holmes put up just 69 offensive yards while Holy Cross pushed for more than 400, most of which came from the run-game. Derrick Barnes led the Indians with 150 rushing yards on 12 carries, and scoring 4 touchdowns.
Holy Cross (1-0) hosts Walton-Verona (0-1) next Saturday at Thomas More College (where some of Holy Cross's home games will be played while the Holmes field is under renovation), while Holmes (0-1) hosts Paris at Lloyd next Friday.
Ludlow 42, Newport 0. The Panthers rolled into Newport Stadium and rolled out unscathed. Justin Blackburn added three touchdowns for Ludlow in the 42-0 shutout. Next week, Ludlow (1-0) hosts Bracken Co. and Newport (0-1) welcomes Finneytown (OH).
Awesome team win! 42 to 0 Panthers! Great job by both sides of the ball. Best of luck to Newport in season. Panthers are 1-0 #panthers2016— LHS Panther Football (@LHS_PanthersFB) August 20, 2016
Gallatin Co. 30, Bellevue 6. Adam Hazeres put up the Tigers' only touchdown on Friday night as guest Gallatin Co. ran up the scoreboard and left with the win. Bellevue (0-1) crosses O'Fallon next week to face rival Dayton (0-1).
Brossart 40, Dayton 6. The Greendevils showed off their brand new jerseys, the team's first in half a dozen years, but while they looked good in uniform, the scoreboard was not in their favor. The Mustangs wasted no time pulling away and heading back to Alexandria with the win. Dayton (0-1) welcomes rival Bellevue to town next Friday, while Brossart (1-0) hosts Aiken (OH).
Lloyd 38, Walton-Verona 0. The Juggernauts had no trouble with the visiting Bearcats on Friday night in earning their first win of the season, looking to build upon last year's 9-4 campaign. Lloyd (1-0) heads to Ft. Mitchell next week to take on Beechwood, while Walton-Verona (0-1) takes on Holy Cross (1-0) at Thomas More College on Saturday.
Highlands 52, Cooper 42. It was a gunfight in Ft. Thomas and the Bluebirds survived to open their season with a win. Next week, Highlands heads south to Alexandria to take on the Campbell County Camels (0-1) while Cooper looks to regroup with a visit from Newport Central Catholic.
Ryle 31, Covington Catholic 13. This game was never really close as the Raiders led 14-3 after the first and 21-10 at the half. Ryle used 563 total yards on offense to keep the Colonels at bay. Four different Raiders scored touchdowns en route to the victory. Cov Cath (0-1) looks to get back on track next week against Oak Hills (OH) while Ryle (1-0) travels to Lexington to take on Henry Clay.
Lexington Catholic 41, Boone Co. 18. The Rebels haven't won a game since August 24, 2014, losing every game last season and all but one the year before. The current losing streak stands at 21. Next week, Boone Co. (0-1) hosts Conner. The Cougars did not play this week.
East Central (IN) 21, Campbell Co. 7. The Camels (0-1) will have a week to get it together before the Bluebirds of Highlands (1-0) come to town.
Simon Kenton 41, Christian Academy 14. The Pioneers traveled to Louisville for their season opening win. They welcome Lexington Bryan Station to Independence next week.
-Michael Monks & Brian Frey