NKY High School Football: Newport Beats Brossart; Full Scoreboard
Another week of the new high school football season is mostly in the books after Friday night action. The Bellevue-Dayton game was moved to Saturday due to rain, and Highlands will play Knoxville Catholic as scheduled on Saturday.
The River City News's Jason Finnell covered the Newport-Bishop Brossart game and his story is below, and at the bottom of this post, you will find photos from that game by RCN's Brian Frey.
The full scoreboard from around Northern Kentucky is also below.
Much like the beginning of the game was delayed a few minutes by the heavy rain that swept through the Tri-State early Friday evening, it took the Newport Wildcats a while to get things going vs. the Brossart Mustangs at Newport Stadium. Once they kicked it into high gear in the second half behind the arm and legs of senior Indiana State commit, Kaleal Davis, they never looked back, as Newport defeated Brossart, 38-6.
“We didn’t execute in the first half and came out sluggish. We face adversity but we need to be better at coming out and responding and I don’t think we handled it very well. Especially offensively; defensively, we’re very good, offensively we need to get better and take care of the ball and execute…Our bar is not here, it is Beechwood. They are the kings of where we’re at, so we need to be able to climb that bar and play higher,” Wildcats’ head coach Joseph Wynn said.
Each team punted the ball away on their initial possessions of the game and remained scoreless with under three minutes to play in the opening quarter until junior running back James Martin capped a 69-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run to put the Wildcats’ on the board, 7-0. Several Mustangs’ defenders had Davis wrapped up in the backfield on the first play of the second quarter, however, Davis escaped, ran left and picked up 15 yards into Brossart territory. The ensuing play featured Martin gaining an additional eight yards to the Mustangs’ 40. Now inside the Brossart 20, Martin ran through the middle for a seven-yard gain and a new set of downs for the Wildcats. The running back’s number would be called upon on first-and-goal from the three with Martin scoring his second touchdown of the half with 7:36 left to play. The extra point sailed wide left, but Newport held a two-score lead, 13-0.
The Mustangs’ drive began on its own 43 and Newport jumped offsides, giving an extra five yards. Senior Sam Howard took a pitch from quarterback Trevor Schadler around the left side for a 13-yard gain to the Newport 31-yard line and a first down for the Mustangs. Brady Kramer continued the Brossart drive with a five-yard carry, but Howard was lost for the game on the following play after he was tackled for a loss by a host of Wildcats’ defenders and did not return. Howard’s departure took the air out of the Mustangs’ drive, as Schadler’s pass intended for senior receiver Grant Haubner two plays later fell incomplete inside the Wildcats’ 10 on fourth down.
Newport could not take advantage of Brossart penalties on its final drive before halftime but also had two offensive holding calls of its own to nullify positive yardage plays. Each team went into the locker room with the score remaining 13-0.
Receiving the third quarter’s opening kick, Newport quickly shifted momentum to its side again which it would not relinquish despite the Mustangs’ best efforts to chip away. Davis began the Wildcats’ drive with a 15-yard swing pass into the flat for sophomore Will Metz out to the Wildcats’ 45. Senior Giaunte Jackson’s carry up the middle to the Brossart 41 paved the way for Davis’ first down run nearly untouched 41 yards for a touchdown, completing a 70-yard, three-play scoring drive for the Wildcats. Brossart’s next drive resulted in a turnover and Newport took advantage a few plays later as Davis found the end zone for the second time from 36 yards out, giving his team a 26-0 lead with 7:45 remaining in the quarter. Overcoming a false start penalty on its first play, the Mustangs were able to get on the scoreboard in their ensuing drive. Following the five-yard penalty, Schadler found senior Devin Carson on a slant for 15 yards and fresh set of downs. Schadler kept the chains moving on the next play, finding sophomore Jacob Leicht on a scramble, gaining 13 yards to the Wildcats’ 36. Out of a Brossart timeout, it took advantage of two consecutive Newport penalties on fourth down to give the Mustangs’ a first down inside the Newport 15. Schadler kept the football around the left side into the end zone for a touchdown and a 26-6 margin for the Mustangs after the extra point was blocked. However, as the Mustangs’ finally found the end zone, the Wildcats’ returned the favor in a flash. Davis found receiver Simon Keating downfield, hitting him in-stride for a 77-yard touchdown to give the Wildcats a 32-6 advantage as the long third quarter began to wind down.
Newport completed its scoring early in the final quarter once again with Davis’ legs, as one of the area’s standout players tucked the ball away for 27-yard score and his third touchdown of the game, propelling the Wildcats to a 2-0 start to the 2019 season. Brossart fell to 1-1 and will meet Bellevue next Friday, while Newport stays home to face Carroll County.
The game’s first half featured a Davis-Daniel Veselka platoon; however, Wynn said the dual quarterback system was purely to give Davis – a cornerback on defense – time to rest when applicable and to give Veselka a few opportunities. “Daniel had a good week of practice, so we wanted to give him some reps,” Wynn said, adding that he needs to be able to step in when Davis needs a breather. “We should have full faith that both of those guys can come in and do it.”