It was a heck of an end to the regular season in Northern Kentucky high school football on Friday night!
Covington Catholic stayed perfect, winning its tenth straight game, beating Campbell Co. on the road. Scott survived a thriller at home over a tough Lloyd team. Holmes picked up another win over struggling Newport. Beechwood ran away from Newport Central Catholic. Ludlow stumbled on the road.
Here's how it went down:
Scott 23, Lloyd 22
Much like the slow, steady rain that fell throughout the game’s entirety in Taylor Mill, Scott and Lloyd Memorial slogged through the first quarter; the lone score coming by way of a touchdown from junior quarterback Chad Ohmer. However, it was a tale of two halves that included a thrilling finish.
Leading 6-0 to begin the second quarter, Scott’s Quincy Perrin was stopped in the backfield for no gain and the Eagles drive stalled. Kai Ellison’s 26-yard field goal made it 9-0, and the Eagles appeared to be in control with the Juggernauts inability to gain offensive momentum and capitalize on Scott mistakes. On third-and-five at its own 45, Ohmer’s pass to Nelson Perrin in the flat slipped through the running back’s fingers and into a Lloyd defender’s – only it slipped through his, too, falling harmlessly to the wet turf. On fourth down, the punt was mishandled, and Lloyd recovered at the Scott 30-yard line. Several plays later, Lloyd punter Anthony Hall’s foot slipped and the football rolled out of bounds only a few yards away from the line of scrimmage near the 40. With two minutes left in the half and coming out of a timeout, the Eagles found the end zone. After a 19-yard run by Travon Mason, the Eagles picked off senior Jordan Fann at the 32. Quincy Perrin advanced Scott inside the Lloyd 20, taking a pitch down the right sideline until he was forced out of bounds, giving the Eagles a new set of downs. On first-and-10 at the 19, David Patrick added seven additional yards to the Juggernauts 12, culminating in a six-yard scoring play on third down by Patrick’s six-yard run up the middle to conclude the first half and a 15-0 Scott lead.
After the Eagles punted away their initial possession of the second half, Lloyd began to claw its way back. Just inside midfield, Fann kept the football around the right side for a first down at the Scott 21. Mason added 14 yards and the Juggernauts were threatening to score their first points of the evening. Mason ensured Lloyd would not be shutout with a three-yard run up the middle with 5:52 left and the Juggernauts were within nine, 15-6, following a failed two-point conversion attempt. And it played add on a few minutes later. With the quarter winding down, Mason took a handoff 44 yards straight through the middle for a touchdown and a 15-14 game with a successful two-point conversion as the Juggernauts scored 14 unanswered points in the quarter. But, it took one step back. Mason fumbled his second down carry inside the Lloyd 40 and the Eagles recovered, looking to cash in. Nelson Parrin’s nine-yard carry set-up fullback Alex Thurza’s 18-yard score. On the point-after-attempt, Nelson Perrin rolled right off a halfback pass and the Eagles successful two-point try widened the margin, 23-14, with 4:25 left.
Mason countered once again for Lloyd on its second play from scrimmage on second down with a 37-yard run to the Scott 25, followed by an 18-yard gain to the seven. Fann cut the Eagles lead to one, 23-22 with a six-yard score and successful two-point conversion. The Juggernauts onside kick failed but they received another chance after its defense held. With under two minutes remaining and 91 yards from victory, Fann kept Lloyd’s hopes alive with a third down completion to Bradley Turner, who was able to get out of bounds with 46 seconds to stop the clock and give the Juggernauts a first down. But after three incompletions, the game hung in the balance on fourth-and-15 at the 20. Jamorrow Dawson’s reception at the 39, extended the drive and gave Fann a chance to place Lloyd within field goal range. However, on the ensuing play, Fann’s 50-yard throw was intercepted by the Eagles.
Scott entered the second half with different, dry uniforms but Eagles Head Coach Dan Woolley said that the move did not play a significant factor. “Maybe a little bit mentally and gave us a few good minutes. Obviously, the way we played in the second half wasn’t exactly what we wanted. The weather takes it out…Their quarterback is a really good athlete and he can throw the ball, too. You saw them not throw many passes and neither did we and when our run is not going we usually have a chance to pass and the ball’s slick tonight and even short throws are hard,” Woolley added.
Both teams earned home field advantage in next week's playoffs. Scott (7-3) will host Rowan Co. (3-7) in next week's opening round of the Class 4A playoffs. Lloyd (7-3) will be at home against Green Co. (5-5).
Covington Catholic 49, Campbell Co. 13
The Colonels managed to stay perfect through the end of the regular season.
The top-ranked team in Class 5A is now 10-0 on the year.
Cov Cath got out to an early 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and tacked on two more touchdowns in the second to lead 35-0 at the half.
The second half was more competitive as the Camels managed a pair of touchdowns to match the Colonels, but the damage was done in the first half.
Next week, Covington Catholic (10-0) will host Bullitt East (4-6) in Park Hills in the Class 5A playoffs. Campbell Co. (6-4) will host its opening game of the Class 6A playoffs against Louisville Eastern (5-5).
Walton-Verona 28, Bellevue 0
The Bearcats have now won five straight games heading into next week's Class 2A playoffs, and in that stretch, have only given up 7 points, while putting up 235 points on their own scoreboard.
Walton (8-2) will host Louisville Shawnee (0-9) in next week's opening round of the playoffs. Bellevue (5-5) hits the road to Frankfort (6-4) for the first round of Class 1A action.
Holmes 48, Newport 14
Both teams have struggled this season - with a combined four wins between them going into this match-up - but Holmes ran up the scoreboard on Friday night.
Holmes (3-7) will travel to Ashland Blazer (8-2) for the opening round of Class 4A playoffs, while Newport (2-8) vists Monroe Co. (7-3) for the Class 2A playoffs.
Paris 52, Ludlow 32
The Panthers dropped two of their final three games heading into the playoffs but hope to rebound next week with a home game in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs. Paris (9-1) proved to be too much for Ludlow on Friday night.
Ludlow (8-2) will welcome Louisville Holy Cross (5-5) to town next week.
Beechwood 34, Newport Central Catholic 6
In Beechwood's four-game winning streak, the Tigers have outscored opponents 209-12.
That's a good pace heading into next week's Class 1A playoffs.
Beechwood (8-2), whose only losses have come at the hands of the bigger Cov Cath and Simon Kenton, is awaiting word on its opponent next week in the opening round of the playoffs. New Cath (5-5) will be at home against Metcalfe Co. (7-3) in Class 2A playoff action.
Pendleton Co. 14, Bishop Brossart 13
The Mustangs stumbled in the second half of the season, winning just one of their last five games.
Now at 5-5, Brossart will visit Raceland (6-4) in next week's opening round of the Class 1A playoffs.
Ryle 43, Dixie Heights 18
The Raiders are one of the hottest teams around late in the season and had no trouble at Dixie on Friday night.
Ryle (8-2) will host Louisville Butler (6-4) next week in the opening round of Class 6A playoffs while Dixie (3-7) will go to Bullitt Central (6-4) for the Class 5A playoffs.
Highlands 36, Boone Co. 12
The Bluebirds picked up an easy win on Friday night, dominating their hosts in Florence.
Highlands (5-5) will be at home in Fort Thomas next week for the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs against Oldham Co. (6-4). Boone Co. (1-9) will be at Louisville Ballard (5-5) in Class 6A action.
Carroll Co. 47, Dayton 12
With the loss, the Greendevils finish the regular season at 1-9.
Next week, Dayton visits Kentucky Country Day (9-1) in Louisville for the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs.
Henry Clay 35, Cooper 7
The Jaguars had added some excitement to their season with a two-game winning streak, but that ended Friday night in a rough trip to Lexington.
Next week, Cooper (2-8) is at home against Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park (6-4) for the Class 6A playoffs.
Frederick Douglass 28, Conner 3
The Cougars were roughed up on the road in Lexington.
Next week, Conner (4-6) travels to Louisville Male (8-2) for the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Jason Finnell reported from Taylor Mill, Michael Monks reported from Covington