NKY Football: 6 Local Teams Remain After Round 2 of Playoffs
Early Lloyd turnovers keyed Newport Catholic’s momentum Friday night in the second round of the 2A state playoffs, as the Thoroughbreds overpowered the Juggernauts, 48-14, at Newport Stadium. The opening quarter featured two lost fumbles by Lloyd, enabling New Cath to jump out to an early lead.
Sophomore running back Kyle Kelly capped a three-play opening drive for the Thoroughbreds with a 45-yard run, giving New Cath a 7-0 lead. Its next points came just two minutes later after Lloyd’s second fumble when senior quarterback Patrick Henschen found senior receiver Trent Wrobleski in the end zone to make it 14-0. Then, the New Cath defense got involved. Thoroughbreds linebacker Kurtis Sutkamp picked up a Lloyd fumble and outraced several Juggernauts into the end zone to give the home team an early three touchdown advantage.
New Cath’s Kelly found the end zone on the Thoroughbreds ensuing drive of the second, but a holding call brought the ball back to the 25-yard line. Then, two plays later, Henschen’s pass sailed over his receiver’s head and into the waiting hands of a Lloyd defender at the 9 to bring the possession to a halt.
After a short punt by the Juggernauts kept the ball in Lloyd territory, New Cath capitalized. On first-and-10 at the 36, Henschen found receiver Luke Moeves down the left sideline, the senior making a shoestring catch for a 28-yard gain. On second-and-goal, Henschen faked a run up the middle only to jump up and throw to Moeves for a four-yard score and a 28-7 lead.
Lloyd ate up much of the third quarter clock on its possession out of halftime, driving nearly 70 yards to pull within 14, 28-14. Involved on eight plays in the drive, running back Travon Mason carried the Juggernauts down the field bit-by-bit, stringing together five and six yard runs. Junior quarterback Jordan Fann then found Lashunn Townsend for a six-yard touchdown with 3:16 left to play in the third.
But New Cath countered on its next possession. With solid field position near midfield, Henschen hit a streaking Job Freppon over the middle for a 38-yard touchdown to stretch the Thoroughbreds lead, 35-14. When Lloyd was forced to a three-and-out deep in its own territory, the Juggernauts punter was swarmed under by New Cath defenders after a bobbled snap at his own four-yard line. Henschen found the end zone with a sneak up the middle on third-and-goal with 11:18 to go in the final quarter to make it 42-14.
The Thoroughbreds Chris Cannon capped the night’s scoring with an 18-yard run through the Juggernauts’ line with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
Lloyd finishes its season at 6-6, while New Cath (7-5) advances to the Regional Finals to face Holy Cross, whom it defeated 21-0 in Week 7 of the regular season.