NKY Football: Newport Beats Holmes; Ludlow Rolls; Photos & Scoreboard
Another week of high school football in Northern Kentucky is in the books. RCN's Jason Finnell was at the Ludlow-Bishop Brossart game and has a full recap below. RCN photographer Brian Frey produced a slideshow from the Newport-Holmes game, which can be seen at the bottom of this post. The full scoreboard from around the region follows the article.
In the final “home” game for Bishop Brossart at Campbell County Middle School prior to moving into its new stadium next Friday, the Mustangs fell to the Ludlow Panthers, 21-6, scoring its lone touchdown as time ran out in the fourth quarter, closing a 12-year run at the school since the program began in 2007.
Each team held the other in check during the opening quarter as the game remained scoreless. Momentum was non-existent for the Mustangs and Panthers until Ludlow’s Braxton Newborn keyed a scoring drive with carries of 14, nine, four, 14 and finally a one-yard plunge into the endzone to put the Panthers ahead 6-0, as the second quarter wound down.
Newborn continued his big night on the ground to begin the second half, opening with a 20-yard carry but the Panthers turned the ball over via a fumbled handoff at midfield to give the ball back to Brossart with good field position. After quarterback Trevor Schadler’s pass intended for Jed Martin fell incomplete, the Panthers were flagged for a 15-yard personal found penalty, advancing the ball inside the Ludlow 30. However, Brossart was unable to take advantage of the opportunity, turning the ball over on downs after Schadler was sacked on fourth down at the 20-yard line. The Mustangs defense bent but did not break on its next turn, stopping Panthers quarterback Ian Vallandingham short of a first down on a fourth down keeper. Despite coming up empty then, Ludlow was able to cash in later with Vallandingham’s legs on a 45-yard scramble by the junior before he was pushed out by Mustangs defenders inside the Brossart five-yard line. Following a false start penalty, Vallandingham found Brogan O’Brien by the front pylon for a 14-point Ludlow lead seven minutes into the final quarter and stretched its lead to three touchdowns after running back Cody Kramer broke off a 50-yard run before being caught from behind and dragged down at the Brossart five-yard line. One play later, Kramer bulled his way in for a score and a 21-0 Panthers lead.
On its final possession of the game, Brossart was able to find the endzone as time expired. With the win, Ludlow’s defense has only surrendered six points in three games. “I’ve challenged them (the defense), Panthers head coach Greg Taphouse said. “We’ve got a great game plan, a great set of coaches and are scouting the hell out of these teams. We are executing; the kids have fully bought in, they understand what we want and how we want it and they are executing it on the field and it’s all because of the kids,” he added.
Brossart (2-2) moves down the road to its new home on September 27 vs. Holy Cross. Ludlow (3-1) faces Nicholas County at home.
Highlands 27, Ryle 0
The Bluebirds racked up their third straight win on Friday night in Fort Thomas, shutting out the visiting Raiders. Highlands has allowed just one touchdown in those three games and improves to 4-1 on the season. Highlands plays at Boyle County next week. Ryle, meanwhile, falls to 3-2 on the year and visits Cincinnati powerhouse Elder next week.
Newport Central Catholic 50, Holy Cross 14
The Thoroughbreds are now 3-2 on the season and face crosstown rival Newport next week. Holy Cross dropped its fourth straight game and falls to 1-4 on the year. The Indians travel to Bishop Brossart next week.
Dayton 18, Pendleton Co. 14
Friday marked three straight wins for the Greendevils, who put away Pendleton County with a score in the closing seconds. Dayton is now 3-1 on the year and will visit Bracken Co. next week.
Newport 27, Holmes 12
Midway through the season, the Wildcats remain perfect at 5-0. Newport hosts Newport Central Catholic next week. Holmes, meanwhile, drops to 2-3. The Bulldogs have next week off and will visit Rowan Co. on Oct. 4.
Simon Kenton 39, Taylor Co. 7
The Pioneers improved to 3-2 on the year and visit Johnson Central next week.
Lloyd 55, Mason Co. 27
The Juggernauts ran up the scoreboard on Friday night to improve to 3-2 on the season. Lloyd is off next week and will visit Ludlow on Oct. 4.
Covington Catholic 49, Beechwood 3
The Colonels had no trouble with the Tigers in Ft. Mitchell on Friday, holding Beechwood to its lowest points total of the season. Cov Cath is 5-0 and hosts Cooper next week in Park Hills. Beechwood is 1-3 and hosts Cincinnati Taft next Friday.
Conner 28. Campbell Co. 0
The Cougars put on a show for their fans in Hebron, and improved to 4-1 on the season. A trip to Boone Co. is on the schedule for next week. The Camels saw their fourth straight game without a single point, falling to 0-5 on the season. Campbell Co. has next week off before hosting Mt. Healthy (Oh.) on Oct. 4.
Scott 30, Boone Co. 8
The Eagles picked up the win on the road in Florence to improve to 3-2 on the year. Rowan Co. comes to Taylor Mill next week. Friday marked the third straight loss for the Rebels who fall to 2-3 on the year. Conner visits Florence next week.
Bellevue 41, Gallatin Co. 0
The Tigers picked up their first win of the season in Friday night's visit to Warsaw. Bellevue has next week off before an Oct. 4 date at Newport.
Louisville DeSales 40, Cooper 7
It was a rough trip to Louisville for the Jaguars who fall to 3-2 on the season. Cooper visits Covington Catholic next week.
-Scoreboard compiled by Michael Monks