NKY Football: Where Local Schools Landed in the Playoffs
Powered by the duo of Jacob Burton and Brice Fryman, Scott County ran its way to victory over Covington Catholic Friday night at Wooten Field in Park Hills, 35-28.
The visiting Cardinals jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the Colonels after blocking Cov Cath punts on consecutive possessions. Facing fourth-and-15 on its own 49, Scott County’s Josh Davis scooped up a blocked punt off the turf and outraced several Colonels into the end zone for a 7-0 lead, three minutes into the opening quarter. After CovCath’s ensuing drive stalled at midfield, the Cardinals blocked their second punt of the quarter, converting it into points several plays later with Fryman finding a hole up the middle for a 29-yard score and two touchdown advantage.
The Colonels continued their long drive down the field to begin the second quarter following several positive runs by Casey McGinness and Grant Dyer to put Cov Cath in Scott County territory. Despite an offensive holding penalty on the Colonels after their first down play inside the Cardinals’ 30, it bounced back, converting a fourth-and-10 from the 29, as Cov Cath quarterback AJ Mayer found Malachi Pike at the 18 for a new set of downs. Mayer converted another fourth down for the Colonels at the Scott County 9 with a two-yard gain. Two plays later, the junior found Anthony Best in the end zone for a score and the Cardinals’ lead was cut to 7 with 8:47 remaining in the second. But the Cardinals’ extended their lead nearly immediately on their next possession. Following a holding call that pushed it back to its own 19-yard line, Davis found Fryman for an 85-yard touchdown reception, putting the Cardinals up, 21-7.
Cov Cath survived an injury scare on its next drive. On third-and-13 from its own 21, McGinness tried to snare a low pass from hitting the turf but was hit on the play by a Cardinals’ linebacker, appearing to injure his right hand and wrist. But, he would return on offense for the Colonels on their next drive. After McGinness left the field holding his right arm, Scott County converted its next possession with good starting field position into a scoring drive capped by Burton finding the end zone from a yard out to give the Cardinals a 28-7 lead. However, Cov Cath countered on its next drive. Beginning on its own 29, Dyer ran around the left side for 13 yards. Back in the game, McGinness followed Dyer with another 13-yard gain down to the Scott County 45. A few plays later, facing first-and-goal at the Cardinals’ 8, Mayer was sacked, forcing the Colonels to call timeout with 31 seconds remaining until half. On second-and-11, Mayer tucked the ball and escaped into the end zone to close the gap going into the half, 28-14.
The Colonels capitalized on the momentum they built going into the break to begin the third quarter. Following a short Cardinals’ punt, Mayer found Josh Newman open down the middle for a 42-yard touchdown, pulling the Colonels closer, 28-21. Fryman then fumbled at the end of a long run on the Cardinals’ next possession, giving CovCath the ball back inside Scott County’s 40. On third down, Mayer hit Sam Schuh who made a leaping grab inside the Cardinals’ 10 and a first down. Two plays later, the Colonels tied the game up at 28, erasing a 21-point deficit.
Burton ran through the Colonels’ defense at the onset of the final quarter, culminating in a 15-yard run and a 35-28 lead. Cov Cath’s Mayer converted several first downs, leading the Colonels inside the Scott County 30 but stalled there. A mishandled snap resulted in a loss of 12 yards, then tight end Kameron Butler was overthrown, which would have given the Colonels a first down inside the 20. With under six minutes to play, the Cardinals sealed the victory with several big running plays courtesy of Burton and Fryman. Davis then took a knee to wind the clock out, ending hopes of a Cov Cath comeback.
The Colonels (7-3) still retain home field throughout the Class 5A playoffs and will face off against Fairdale (3-7) next Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the opening round.
NKY SCHOOLS IN THE PLAYOFFS
Dayton at Kentucky Country Day
Frankfort at Bellevue
Ludlow at (Louisville) Holy Cross
Eminence at Beechwood
Bishop Brossart at Raceland
Newport at Walton-Verona
Owen Co. at Holy Cross
Lloyd at Gallatin Co.
Carroll Co. at Newport Central Catholic
Scott at Johnson Central
Southern at Dixie Heights
Highlands at Doss
Fairdale at Covington Catholic
Henry Clay at Ryle
Cooper at Bryan Station
Paul Laurence Dunbar at Conner
George Rogers Clark at Simon Kenton
Campbell Co. at Madison Central
Tates Creek at Boone Co.
Beechwood 42, Newport Catholic 14. The Tigers finish their regular season with an impressive 9-1 record, including six wins in a row. Beechwood's only loss came in a rout at Covington Catholic. The Tigers put the 'Breds away early and await a visit from Eminence next week in the Class 1A playoffs. New Cath (5-5) hopes to rebound in the postseason when Carroll Co. visits for the first round of the Class 2A playoffs next week.