NKY Football: Beechwood Topples Bellevue; New Cath Beats Holy Cross; More
For the second consecutive week, the Beechwood Tigers won by a sizeable margin: this time, 55-13, over Bellevue on homecoming night at Edgar McNabb Field in Fort Mitchell.
Beginning its first drive near midfield, Beechwood came out firing, with junior quarterback Brayden Burch finding junior receiver Harrison Heist for 20 yards and a first down. Following several runs by senior Aiden Justice, Burch found the versatile receiver/running back for a 19-yard touchdown and an early 7-0 lead. Following Bellevue’s second punt, the Tigers’ mix of run and pass plays culminated in Burch’s second TD pass of the evening with three minutes to play in the opening quarter to senior Garrett Ratliff and a 14-0 advantage for Beechwood.
Trying to go three-for-three on its drive chances, Burch found senior Lucas Benson near the right sideline for an eight-yard gain and a first down. After Justice carries of five and seven yards, respectively, Benson caught a Burch pass down the right seam for a 27-yard score and 20-0 lead early into the second.
Bellevue was able to convert its lone opportunity of the first half on its ensuing drive. After a fourth down conversion, senior running back Adam Hazeres sprinted through the middle of the Beechwood line, down to the Tigers’ 25, where a likely touchdown-saving tackle was made by junior Jake Massie. However, four plays later, Bellevue junior Eric Atkins found senior receiver Liam McCarthy to get his team on the board, 20-7, near the end of the half.
But, the home Tigers countered. Following James Davis’ return to midfield, Justice took the first down hand-off 49 yards for a 27-7 Beechwood lead. Then, Atkins’ pass on the first play of the Tigers’ next drive was intercepted by junior cornerback Elijah McKenney. Overcoming back-to-back penalties to begin their possession, the Burch-to-Benson duo put the home team up 34-7, courtesy of a catch in the back corner of the end zone in which the senior was able to keep his feet in bounds.
Unable to muster any momentum with a few minutes remaining in the half, Bellevue punted the ball back to Beechwood. Several plays later, Burch found sophomore Logan Castleman for a 39-yard touchdown and a 41-7 lead at the half.
Shortly out of the break, Davis stretched the Tigers’ lead to 41, rushing around the right side nearly untouched 25 yards for a touchdown and a 48-7 lead. Bellevue briefly stopped a running clock with a 90-yard kickoff return but Beechwood played add on in its next possession, with backup back, Heist, plunging in from a yard out to put the Tigers’ up 55-13.
Despite getting inside Beechwood’s 30 vs. the Tigers’ backups on its ensuing drive, Bellevue turned the ball over on downs. The Tigers’ then ran out the clock. Beechwood (6-1) travels to face Ludlow next week, while Bellevue (1-6) takes on Dayton at home.
Newport Central Catholic 21, Holy Cross 0
The Indians struggled to move the ball Friday night in Newport and the Thoroughbreds capitalized, winning in a shut-out. Holy Cross's closest shot a touchdown was intercepted in the end zone by New Cath's Job Freppon.
The Indians would not threaten again.
New Cath could have run up the scoreboard were it not for a series of turnovers.
'Breds quarterback Patrick Henschen led the night with six carries for 50 yards, and was 13 for 21 in passing for 147 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Holy Cross quarterback Dylan Couch left the game late in the first half with an injury.
New Cath (3-4) visits Lloyd next week while Holy Cross (4-3) returns to Newport Stadium to face the Newport Wildcats.
More photos from the New Cath-Holy Cross game are in the slideshow below.
Conner 44, Campbell Co. 0. It was a rout in Alexandria as the visiting Cougars piled on Campbell Co. Conner picked up its fifth straight win and is now 6-1 on the season. Next week the Cougars host mighty Ryle while the Camels (3-4) have a tough match-up at home with Simon Kenton.
Ludlow 42, Dayton 26. This battle of river city schools went the Panthers' way. Ludlow ended a two-game skid and improved to 3-4 on the season while Dayton dropped its third straight game. Next week, Dayton visits rival Bellevue while Ludlow hosts Beechwood.
Bourbon Co. 41, Holmes 7. It was another blowout loss for the Bulldogs who fall to 2-5 on the year. Holmes has another road trip next week, to Mason Co.
Simon Kenton 52, Boone Co. 0. The surging Pioneers had no trouble with the struggling Rebels, whose losing streak is approaching 30. Simon Kenton (7-0) travels to Campbell Co. next week while Boone (0-7) visits Cooper.
Walton-Verona 21, Gallatin Co. 3. The Bearcats' winning streak is now at 3 games and next week, Walton puts up its 5-3 record against a visiting Trimble Co. team.
Lloyd 58, Newport 0. The Juggernauts had no trouble with the visiting Wildcats and rolled to a big victory. Lloyd (4-3) hosts Newport Central Catholic next week while Newport (1-6) hosts Holy Cross.
Dixie Heights 40, Highlands 20. The Colonels doubled up their guests from Ft. Thomas and handed Highlands its sixth straight loss. Dixie (4-3) hosts Grant Co. next week while Highlands returns home for a date with Covington Catholic.
Ryle 49, Cooper 42. This shoot-out in Union went the Raiders' way and Ryle stayed perfect at 7-0 on the year. Next week, Ryle visits Conner while Cooper (5-3) hosts Boone Co.
Bishop Brossart 33, Bracken Co. 13. After two solid wins in a row, the Mustangs are 5-2 on the season and host Paris next week.
Covington Catholic 56, Grant Co. 7. It was a successful trip to Dry Ridge for the Colonels who are now 5-2 on the season and travel to Highlands next week.
-Written by Jason Finnell in Ft. Mitchell, Brian Frey in Newport, and Michael Monks in Covington