NKY High School Football: Scott, Holmes Win Big; Cov Cath Comes Back
The River City News has a full recap from Friday night's game between Scott and Holy Cross, and a photo slideshow from the Holmes-Owen Co. game below. The full scoreboard is also below.
The Scott Eagles stifled Holy Cross Friday night on the Indians’ home turf at Thomas More University, 42-6. Except for Brandon McClendon’s 38-yard interception return only 18 seconds in on Scott’s first play of the game, the Indians were unable to build on the early Eagles’ turnover, thereafter.
With the ball back for its second possession of the opening quarter, Scott drove down the field with sophomore and new starting quarterback Gus Howlett finding Jyonn Hart in the back of the end zone from seven yards out for the score. On Holy Cross’ ensuing possession, quarterback Hayden Spencer found McClendon on a slant and the junior raced 35 yards down to the Scott 33-yard line before he was dragged down by a host of Eagles. However, McClendon’s second chance at a reception in as many tries ended in the arms of Scott’s Jackson Hardin, ending the Indians’ drive.
The Eagles’ next possession covered 84 yards, featuring runs of eight and 17 by Robert Pence; a first-down catch to put the ball in Indians’ territory by Carson Craycraft; a 19-yard reception from Cameron Patterson and a four-yard touchdown run by Phillip Gallardo. A successful two-point conversion on a reverse to Craycraft made it 14-6, Scott, at the conclusion of the opening quarter.
Nearly midway through the second, Holy Cross punter Ian McDonald had to retreat inside his own 20-yard line following an errant snap and was corralled by Eagles’ defenders at the 23, putting Scott in position for another score. On first-and-10 on the Holy Cross 23, Hardin carried 13 yards. It appeared that’s all the Eagles would muster following a Craycraft fumble and 10-yard loss. However, the Indians jumped offsides on a fourth-and-nine field goal attempt, giving Scott the ball at the four-yard line. With the additional five yards tacked on, the Eagles scrapped the field goal try, and Gallardo found the end zone for his second touchdown of the night and a 21-6 lead into the break.
Craycraft extended the Eagles’ lead in the third quarter following a Scott drive that covered 94 yards, culminating in a 32-yard touchdown pass to the sophomore. Holy Cross’ next possession was short lived and a blocked punt added insult to injury. The Eagles were in business once again deep inside Indians’ territory. On their first play from scrimmage at the Holy Cross 22, the Eagles’ Pence took a handoff up the middle for a score and a 35-6 Scott lead as the quarter neared a close.
The final scoring drive for Scott featured Pence and Michael Kawaa’s first carries of the game. Pence plunged into the end zone from four yards out to institute a running clock on the Indians. With the win, 2-1 Scott returns home next Friday to face Bethel-Tate (Ohio), while Holy Cross looks to even its current 1-2 record vs. Cincinnati Country Day on the road.
Campbell Co. 0
Bluebirds improve to 2-1 and will visit Simon Kenton next week. Camels fall to 0-3 and will visit Cooper next week.
Mustangs improve to 2-1 and will host Ludlow in two weeks. Bellevue drops to 0-3 and hosts St. Bernard-Elmwood Place (Ohio) next week.
Carroll Co. 0
The Wildcats remain unbeaten at 3-0 this season and have outscored their opponents 99-0, including two shutouts. Newport gets a visit from Bracken Co. next week.
Gallatin Co. 0
Panthers are now 2-1 with two consecutive shutout routs. Ludlow is off next week and will visit Bishop Brossart on Sept. 20.
Owen Co. 6
The Bulldogs pick up their second win in a row to improve to 2-1 on the season. Next week, Holmes visits Louisville Holy Cross.
Covington Catholic 39
Lexington Catholic 38
The Colonels clawed their way back into the game and pulled off a two-point conversation in the waning moments in Park Hills to seal the comeback victory. Cov Cath stays perfect at 3-0 and will host Dixie Heights next week.
North Laurel 21
The Bearcats are now 2-1 on the season and will host Newport Central Catholic next week.
Boone Co. 14
The Juggernauts regrouped from last week's loss to improve to 2-1. Lloyd travels to Conner next Saturday. The Rebels, meanwhile, suffered their first loss of the season and fall to 2-1. Next week, Boone Co. visits Ryle.
The Courgars are now 2-1 and host Lloyd next Saturday. The Colonels fall to 1-2 and take on another group of Colonels next week when they travel to Covington Catholic.
Simon Kenton 14
Oak Hills (Ohio) 10
The Pioneers are now 2-1 after splitting back-to-back weekend games against Ohio teams, losing last week to Anderson (Ohio). SK hosts Highlands next week.
Roger Bacon (Ohio) 41
Newport Catholic 14
The Thoroughbreds fall to 1-2 on the season and visit Walton-Verona next week.
The Tigers drop to 0-2 on the year and will seek their first win next week when Corbin visits Ft. Mitchell.
Raiders are now 2-1 and host Boone Co. next week. Jaguars fall to 2-1 and host Campbell Co. next week.
Scott-Holy Cross story written by Jason Finnell. Holmes-Owen Co. photos by Brian Frey. Scoreboard compiled by Michael Monks.