NKY Football: Week 1 Results
High school football is back in Northern Kentucky. The scoreboard below has the full results from around the region.
RCN's Brian Frey produced photos from the Holy Cross-Bellevue game. You can see those in the slideshow below.
RCN's Jason Finnell was at the Holmes-Boone County game. His story is below.
The Holmes Bulldogs never recovered after the second play of the game when junior quarterback Quantez Calloway went down with a knee injury, losing the opening game of the season, 20-6, vs. the Boone County Rebels, Friday evening in Florence.
Zeros remained on the scoreboard until nearly midway through the second quarter when senior quarterback Kaden Craft called his own number from the one-yard line on fourth-and-goal to give the Rebels a 7-0 lead. Holmes possession began on the 25 but Daylan Griffin fumbled on a jet sweep left and Boone received the ball back with good field position, but it would not be for long. After a false start penalty, Craft was picked off by Bulldogs’ junior Tayquan Calloway in the end zone, giving Holmes possession at the 20 following the touchback. However, it went three-and-out and was unable to turn the interception into points. Senior Eli Rossi’s 15-yard run into Bulldogs’ territory gave the Rebels a first down inside the 40, followed by a Holmes defensive holding penalty which pushed Boone inside the 20. On first down, Craft found Rossi for a 19-yard score and the Rebels led 14-0 with 3:43 to go until halftime. The Bulldogs committed another turnover on the ensuing kickoff as Curtez Hill fumbled near his own 20-yard line while being dragged down by Rebel defenders. However, Boone was unable to take advantage of another scoring opportunity and turned the ball over on downs. With under two minutes remaining, Damario Foster lined up near his own goal line in punt formation after the Bulldogs’ could not muster any momentum. A high snap forced Foster to fall on the ball on the eight-yard line before Boone defenders could recover. The Rebels received the ball back once more but could not cash in, but they remained up two scores on the Bulldogs at the half.
On their second possession of the third quarter, Rossi took a handoff around the left sideline for 29 yards and his second touchdown, however the extra point sailed wide and the Rebels’ lead on the Bulldogs was 20.
Following three-and-outs by each team, Holmes finally broke through with four minutes to go. Calloway outraced Boone defenders 70-yards to the end zone, cutting the deficit to 14, 20-6 after a failed extra point. The Bulldogs’ additional scoring chances in the fourth fell short but its defense held Boone out of the end zone.
Despite the 14-point loss and his quarterback going down, Holmes’ head coach Ben Nevels saw a few positives. “We kept on fighting. What we talked about in pregame and devotion was all about adversity and brotherhood, coming too far to turn back. The adversity hit that way we didn’t think it was going to hit tonight but that’s what adversity does, it happens unexpectedly. I was proud of the way our guys were able to take it on the chin, adjust and keep on fighting,” he said.
How long will the Bulldogs’ be without their quarterback? Nevels added they would be monitoring Calloway’s progress throughout the weekend and make a better determination come early next week. Next Friday, the Bulldogs’ travel to Grant County while the Rebels stay home to face Paul Laurence Dunbar out of Lexington.