NKY Football: Dayton, Newport Roll; Photos, Story, and Scoreboard
The River City News's Jason Finnell has a full recap from the Newport-Bracken Co. game, Brian Frey has a slideshow of photos from the Dayton-Gallatin Co., St. Bernard-Bellevue, and Newport-Bracken Co. games located at the bottom of this post, and the full scoreboard from around Northern Kentucky is below.
Newport overwhelmed Bracken County 63-8 on a humid Friday night at Newport Stadium, running away from the Polar Bears on the strength of three touchdowns by James Martin on only three carries from the junior. The first several minutes of the opening quarter featured early turnovers: Bracken County fumbled its initial possession away and Newport immediately turned it into points with Giante Jackson scoring from 24-yards out to give the Wildcats an early lead, 7-0. The Polar Bears’ Carson Hord was intercepted by Nevin Pangallo and Newport began its second drive in Bracken territory. However, Newport’s Lyndon Bartel was picked off by Emery Woods, creating the third turnover of the game only three minutes in but Bracken punted away after going three-and-out. Following a short punt, Jackson took a handoff down the right sideline until he was dragged down at the 12 by Polar Bears’ defenders. On second-and-12, Bartel called his own number around the right side and the Wildcats led 13-0 with 7:20 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Wildcats increased their lead to 19 a few minutes later with Martin’s longest touchdown run of the evening, a 61-yard carry into the end zone. Hord was intercepted again on their next possession and Newport turned it into points needing only two plays; the first touchdown was nullified due to a penalty. Bartel found Simon Keating and the receiver ran the rest of the way 41 yards for a touchdown and a 25-0 Newport margin.
The Polar Bears’ Chase Wilson took the ensuing kickoff 45 yards to the Newport 20-yard line and Bracken County found momentum for the first time as the quarter wound down. Woods’ second-down carry took the Polar Bears inside the 10 and a first down. Out of a Wildcats timeout, Noah Emery gave Bracken what would be its only score of the evening on a nine-yard carry and a successful two-point conversion narrowed the gap, 25-8.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Newport began to pull away quickly. Torell Martin’s run from 40-yards out 10 seconds in stretched the Wildcats lead, 31-8. Then they added three additional touchdowns; Jackson’s 40-yard run, James Martin’s 30-yard dash and an 18-yard run by Andrew Rath, giving Newport a 55-8 lead into the break.
The Polar Bears appeared headed for their second score near the end of the third quarter but Wildcats cornerback Caleb Feinauer picked off Chase Wilson and ran it back nearly 95 yards the other way for a touchdown.
Newport (4-0) is off to its best start since 2005, when it began the season 3-1, ultimately finishing that year, 11-2. Bracken County is searching for its first win.
Dayton 49, Gallatin Co. 14.
The Greendevils picked up their second straight win to improve to 2-1 on the season. The last time Dayton won at least two games in a season was 2016. Next week, the Greendevils host Pendleton Co.
Covington Catholic 45, Dixie Heights 0
Cov Cath remain perfect after this battle between schools represented by the Colonels mascot. Covington Catholic is 4-0 and will travel to Beechwood next week. Dixie drops to 1-3 and will have next week off before resuming the season on Sept. 27 at Madison Central.
Highlands 28, Simon Kenton 7
The Bluebirds are now 3-1 on the year and welcome Ryle to Fort Thomas next week. The Pioneers drop to 2-2 and will host Taylor Co. in Independence next week.
Newport Central Catholic 10, Walton-Verona 7
The Thoroughbreds evened up their season record at 2-2. Next week, New Cath hosts Holy Cross. The Bearcats, meanwhile, fall to 2-2 and will have next week off. They travel to Gallatin Co. on Sept. 27.
Bethel-Tate (Oh.) 38, Scott 33
The Eagles lost a hard-fought battle at home in Taylor Mill and drop to 2-2 on the season. Scott visits Boone Co. next week.
Beechwood 26, Corbin 10
The Tigers picked up their first win of the season to improve to 1-2 and will stay at home in Ft. Mitchell next week to welcome the Covington Catholic Colonels.
Ryle 46, Boone Co. 0
The Raiders picked up their third straight win to improve to 3-1 on the season. Next week, Ryle visits Highlands. Boone Co. lost for the second straight week to fall to 2-2 on the year. The Rebels travel to Scott next week.
Louisville Holy Cross 21, Holmes 14
The Bulldogs fell to 2-2 after their trip to Louisville on Friday night. Next week, Holmes plays host to Newport.
Newport 63, Bracken Co. 8
The Wildcats continue to roll, remaining perfect on the season at 4-0, and outscoring their opponents 162 to 28 so far. Newport visits Holmes next week.
Cooper 36, Campbell Co. 0
The Jaguars are now 3-1 and next week will visit Louisville DeSales. The Camels, meanwhile, continue to search for their first win, falling to 0-4 on the season. Campbell Co. has been outscored in its first four games 161 to 13. The Camels visit Conner next week.
Cincinnati Country Day 38, Holy Cross 20
The Indians have now lost three straight games to fall to 1-3 on the year. They travel to Newport Central Catholic next week.
St. Bernard (Oh.) 42, Bellevue 28
The Tigers remain winless on the year, falling to 0-4. Next week, Bellevue visits Gallatin Co.
Note: Lloyd plays at Conner on Saturday at 7 p.m.