NKY High School Football: Week 2 Results
Week 2 of high school football is in the books in Northern Kentucky.
RCN attended the Bellevue-Dayton and the Holy Cross-Cincinnati Country Day games. The full scoreboard is below.
Senior running back Will Ryan led the way with five touchdowns and the Bellevue Tigers rolled over river city rival, Dayton, 49-6, Friday night at Dayton High School. The win was Bellevue’s fourth in a row and 14th out of 15 tries in the annual series.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead courtesy of Ryan and continued give him the ball as he piled up early yards, much of it coming by way of short runs that kept the Dayton defense on its heels. One such drive several minutes into the second quarter resulted in Ryan’s third TD from four yards out putting his team up by three scores with 4:23 to go before halftime. However, the Greendevils countered. Beginning on its own 45 and overcoming a false start penalty, senior quarterback Michael Marksberry led Dayton inside the Tigers’ 20. After escaping the rush, Marksberry rolled left and found senior receiver Austin Klosterman waiting at the Bellevue 15 and the Greendevils had momentum. Following a timeout, Marksberry found a crease up the middle all the way into the end zone, and Dayton cut into Bellevue’s lead, 21-6, after a missed extra point. On the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage on its ensuing drive, Ryan took a pitch from sophomore quarterback Aaron Atkins, going 68 yards for the score and a 28-6 advantage for Bellevue into halftime.
The third featured more of the same for the Tigers: On the first play of the half, Ryan took the ball 58 yards up the middle for another touchdown and Bellevue extended its’ lead to 35-6, following a successful Lorenzo Perez extra point. Dayton appeared to be on the way to its second score of the game when Marksberry ran the kickoff 50-plus yards to the Bellevue 10-yard line. But, the Greendevils’ drive stalled from there. Marksberry’s next pass fell incomplete; a second down draw play lost two yards; Marksberry advanced the ball inside the five (and was injured on the play but would return; and finally, backup quarterback Nolan Brooks was stuffed in the backfield on fourth-and-five. This time, Tigers’ quarterback Charlie Schreiber called his own number around the left side of the Tigers’ offensive line and raced down the left sideline for 48 yards and a touchdown. With under seven minutes to play in the quarter, Dayton again came close to a scoring opportunity but came away empty-handed. Near midfield, Marksberry found sophomore Chris Back at the Tigers’ 10 but the Greendevils’ regressed from that point, ending the drive on the Bellevue 18, following an interception by Gunner Barnes.
Bellevue’s Gavin Hayes took a handoff 15 yards with 2:39 left in the game to close out the scoring as the Tigers continued their dominance over Dayton, 49-6.
Bellevue travels to Bishop Brossart next Friday, while Dayton has a bye and makes a trip to Pendleton County on September 7.
-Jason Finnell, RCN contributor
Holy Cross had two long returns called back on penalties, two of which resulting in losing touchdowns.
Cincinnati Country Day rolled with 25 unanswered points, to win, 25 to 6.
Photos from the game are in the slideshow below.
-Brian Frey, RCN photographer