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NKY High School Football: Week 9 Results

Another week of Northern Kentucky high school football is in the books - and it was a week of lopsided victories. Bellevue had no trouble putting away arch-rival Dayton, Newport put a beat down on Holy Cross, Beechwood spoiled Ludlow's homecoming, and Holmes ran away from Mason County.

One close game of note was Covington Catholic holding off a big challenge from Highlands in Fort Thomas.

RCN's Jason Finnell was at that game and has a full recap below.

RCN's Brian Frey was at the Ludlow-Beechwood game and produced a series of photos in the slideshow below.

The full scoreboard can be found below. If the date on the scoreboard reads a different day, simply click the back button on the plug-in to display Friday's scores.

Covington Catholic survived its toughest test in nearly two seasons on a rainy Friday night at Highlands, 21-14, staving off a late Bluebirds’ drive with under a minute left in the fourth quarter at David Cecil Memorial Stadium.

Each team punted away its opening possessions and defense ruled the quarter, but the Bluebirds’ were knocking on the door as the first concluded. A drive that began on its own 22-yard line, Highlands’ quarterback Grady Cramer’s 14-yard scramble on second down propelled his team down the field, culminating in a two-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Ahlfeld on the first play of the second quarter to put the ‘Birds on the board first, 7-0. The Colonels’ countered with Casey McGinness, who began the Colonels’ drive with a 20-yard run to the Highlands’ 42. Several plays later, quarterback Caleb Jacob found Michael Mayer across the middle and the tight end was dragged down by several Bluebirds’ defenders but not before he took the ball inside the 10. McGinness added eight yards up the middle to the two but lost seven yards on the ensuing play as he was stopped in the backfield by a host of Bluebirds’ defenders. Duncan Summe then found a hole around the left side, getting into the end zone from nine yards out to tie the game at 7. And a Highlands’ turnover gave the ball right back. On second-and-nine on its own 20, running back Cooper Schwalbach fumbled and CovCath recovered inside the Highlands’ 20. McGinness then pushed his way across the goal line from two yards out to put the Colonels’ ahead, 14-7, halfway through the second quarter.

Joe Buten’s 15-yard run – one of a handful of strong runs for the sophomore – gave the ‘Birds a first down at its own 40. Two plays later, Cramer found Adam Weyer in Colonels’ territory and the drive continued. Schwalbach put the Bluebirds inside the CovCath 20 with a 15-yard run up the middle. But just as it appeared a score was imminent, the drive stalled. Schwalbach’s carry was stuffed in the backfield by Colonels’ linebacker, Grant Hemmer. Cramer then looked in the direction of receiver Nate Roberts near the front corner of the end zone but did not see Jack Coldiron, who intercepted Cramer’s pass at the goal line. However, the score remained 14-7 until the half.

Three minutes into the third quarter, Summe intercepted Cramer’s pass inside the Highlands’ 30-yard line and followed blockers in front of him along the sideline until he was pushed out of bounds at the two. McGinness’ TD run stretched the CovCath lead to 21-7, with 9:04 remaining in the quarter. Highlands’ bounced back with a risky fake punt inside its own 10 that paid off as punter Cramer gave the Bluebirds’ a first down after his 11-yard run. Facing third down and 11 from the 20, Cramer rolled to his left and found Brycen Huddleston open 40 yards downfield, who made a leaping catch over Summe to put the ‘Birds in position to cut the score to within a touchdown. The ensuing play resulted in a pass interference penalty on the Colonels and Highlands took advantage with two big runs from Buten and a three-yard TD on second-and-goal from Schwalbach. It was 21-14 heading into the final quarter.

Both defenses kept each other out of the end zone but the Bluebirds had a chance to tie after their key fourth down stop of McGinness on fourth-and-one on the Highlands 25. With 75 yards to go and under 5:00 minutes left, the Bluebirds fought their way into CovCath territory as the clock ticked down under 3:00 minutes. Out of a timeout, Buten’s 15-yard run to the Colonels’ 49 gave the ‘Birds another new set of downs. Ahlfeld almost had his second score of the game on the next play, getting behind CovCath defenders but he dropped Cramer’s pass at the 10. As the clock ticked under 2:00 minutes, Cramer found Robinson to place the Bluebirds’ inside the CovCath 35 but still short of a first down. On fourth-and-seven from the Colonels’ 33, Buten’s run up the middle came up three yards short and CovCath took over with under 30 seconds remaining.

The Colonels (8-0) return home to face Dixie Heights next Friday at 7:00 p.m. while Highlands (6-2) remains in Fort Thomas against Greenwood, in only their second matchup of the series, at 7:30 p.m.

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