NKY Football: Brossart, Beechwood Roll; Ryle Stays Hot; Holy Cross Wins; More
After Bishop Brossart junior Bryce Donnelly returned a punt 58 yards to extend the Mustangs' biggest lead of the game at that point, 27-14, Head Coach Paul Wiggins, Jr. decided to keep the pressure on, electing to go for an onside kick. The move worked for Brossart, propelling it to a 47-28 victory over Ludlow on Friday night at Bob Miller Field in Alexandria.
“We felt like we had them on their heels and we decided to go for it. We decided that was the time. We contemplated it earlier but that just seemed like the optimum time and it worked,” Wiggins said of his decision.
Ludlow put the night’s first points on the board, taking advantage an interception by freshman Ian Vallindingham, but initially put itself back deep in its own territory due to a Panthers’ personal foul penalty. However, junior Justin Blackburn made up for the lost yardage, running 75 yards up the right sideline for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. But the Mustangs struck back.
Senior Jake Sendelbach converted a key fourth down run up the middle to the Ludlow 19-yard line in the midst of a strong drive for Brossart and several plays later, senior quarterback Chase Keller found an open Donnelly down the left sideline for a 17-yard score and 7-7 game with 2:20 left in the opening quarter. Following a Ludlow punt, Brossart took advantage of a Ludlow 15-yard facemask penalty, combined with a 24-yard pass completion from Keller to Sendelbach, who outjumped two Panther defenders for a first down inside the Ludlow 30. On the Mustangs’ ensuing play, Sendelbach was the recipient of an 11-yard touchdown pass, giving Brossart a 13-7 lead at the end of the first.
Nearly a full quarter passed before the Panthers’ countered with Vallindingham getting behind the Mustangs’ defense for a 30-yard catch-and-run, giving the Panthers a one-point lead, 14-13, which it would carry into halftime.
Midway through the third, momentum began to shift Brossart’s way. Keller connected with Donnelly once again for a 55-yard touchdown. Wiggins said that the receiver is a vital part of the Mustangs’ game plan each week. Not only on offense, but defense, as well. “He does everything. He doesn’t know a lower gear…he always goes 100 percent. He’s just an asset to this team beyond mention.” The junior widened the lead for the Mustangs, adding to his touchdown total with a 30-yard score and a 33-14 lead.
Panthers’ senior quarterback Thomas Eads was intercepted by Sendelbach midway through its ensuing drive. However, Ludlow retained possession following a roughing-the-passer penalty called on the defense and several plays later, cut into Brossart’s lead, courtesy of a touchdown reception by Vallindingham. The visiting team trailed by 12 with 6:47 left to play, 33-21.
Keller countered the Panthers’ scoring drive with a 26-yard touchdown run of his own on the Mustangs’ next possession, putting Brossart up 21, 40-21, with under five minutes to play. Sophomore linebacker Mason Dennis finalized the scoring for the Mustangs, intercepting Eads and taking it into the end zone, while Ludlow added another TD nearly a minute later, making it 47-28.
Brossart (4-2) stays home to face Bracken County next week while Ludlow (2-4) welcomes river city rival, Dayton.
Beechwood 62, Newport 15
The visiting Tigers put this game away early. Beechwood got hot right away, taking advantage of great field position in the first quarter when Newport was unable to move the ball. The Tigers gained 95 yards and four touchdowns on 12 plays in the first quarter.
Newport was able to get on the board in the second quarter, but the game had already fallen out of reach. Beechwood led at the half, 49-8.
The Tigers added two more scores in the second half and won the game, 62-15. See photos from the game in the slideshow below.
Beechwood (5-1) is back home in Ft. Mitchell next weeks and welcomes Bellevue to town, while Newport (1-5) travels to Erlanger to face the Lloyd Juggernauts.
Cooper 28, Dixie 13. Cooper left Edgewood with a win and improved its season record to 5-2, just in time to prepare for a tough date with Ryle next week. Dixie falls to 3-3 and hosts struggling Highlands next week.
Ryle 38, George Rogers Clark 6. Ryle's trip to Winchester was fruitful as the Raiders improved to 6-0 on the year, handing the Cardinals their third straight loss. Ryle hosts Cooper in Union next week.
Harrison County 36, Scott 19. The Eagles' woes continue as Scott dropped its fourth straight game and fell to 1-6 on the season. Scott has next week off before traveling to Bourbon County the week after.
Walton-Verona 35, Owen Co. 0. It was another big shutout on the road for the Bearcats who have won their past two games by a combined margin of 71 to 0. Not bad for a team that started the season by losing its first two games by a combined margin of 82 to 0. Walton is now 4-3 after winning four of its last five and hosts Gallatin County next week.
Eminence 52, Dayton 14. The Greendevils dropped their second straight game and fall to 2-4 on the year. Dayton hosts Ludlow next week.
Holy Cross 26, Bethlehem 0. It was another blowout win for the Indians on the road. Holy Cross is now 4-2 on the year, with all the victories by wide margins, and two losses by a single touchdown. The Indians visit Newport Central Catholic next week.
Written by Jason Finnell in Alexandria, Brian Frey in Newport, and Michael Monks in Covington