NKY Football: Dayton Falls at Home; Holmes Wins on Road; Full Scoreboard & Photos
Another week of high school football is in the books in Northern Kentucky. RCN reporter Jason Finnell and photographer Brian Frey were at historic Davis Field where the Dayton Greendevils saw their hot streak snapped by a visiting Berea team. The full story and slideshow, along with the scoreboard from around the region, are below.
The Dayton Greendevils ran into a Berea buzz saw Friday evening at O.W. Davis Field, losing to the visiting Pirates, 49-6.
Dayton punted away its first possession of the game to Berea, who wore down the Greendevils with its powerful running game featuring Jaiden Cunningham and Timmy Thompson. The Pirates initial drive drained five minutes off the clock, culminating in a two-yard score by Thompson off right tackle for a 7-0 Berea lead with 4:59 to play in the opening quarter. Following a second consecutive three-and-out by Dayton, Pirates senior quarterback Jaylen Whitaker called his own number 66 yards up the middle and kicker Sean Fagin split the uprights to increase their lead, 14-0. On its ensuing drive, the Greendevils briefly halted Berea’s momentum, intercepting Whitaker and returning it 45 yards the other way. However, on first-and-10 from the Pirates 22, Dayton fumbled, Berea recovered and turned the opportunity into an eventual score. After a false start penalty and second down screen play that resulted in a five yard loss, Whitaker lofted a high-arcing pass down the sideline to his brother, Jarred Whitaker, who snatched the ball out of the air between two Dayton defenders, coming down with it at the 13-yard line. Three plays later, Cunningham found the endzone on a three-yard run and a 21-0 Pirates lead with 5:37 remaining before halftime. Less than four minutes later, Cunningham took a screen pass from Whitaker, bouncing off Greendevils tacklers 54 yards for another score and a 28-0 Pirates advantage.
On its final possession of the first half, Dayton got on the scoreboard for its only time. Nolan Brooks found Jordan Marksberry wide open over the middle at the 40 and he raced untouched the rest of the way to complete an 80-yard scoring play. The Greendevils attempted a two-point conversion but were unsuccessful and went into the break looking up at a 22-point deficit, 28-6.
The Pirates received the second half kickoff and picked up where they left off. The Greendevils defense could not catch Whitaker on the quarterback keeper and he raced 66 yards to the endzone for a 35-6 lead. Dayton was able to receive a new set of downs on a first down run by James Matthews, but Brooks’ second down throw was picked off by Jarred Whitaker. The Pirates duo of Cunningham and Thompson put Berea on a 49-yard scoring drive, overpowering the smaller Greendevils defenders, capped off by Whitaker’s third touchdown of the evening on a three-yard keeper and a 42-6 Pirates advantage and a running clock with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter.
Berea reached the endzone for the seventh and final time just as the fourth quarter got under way. At the Dayton 33-yard line, Thompson took a pitch around the left side and across the goal line for a 49-6 lead. With the victory, the Pirates continue their unblemished season (6-0) next Friday vs. Kentucky Country Day at home. Dayton (4-2) looks to bounce back vs. rival Bellevue, this season’s second chapter of the Battle of the Paddle.
Rowan Co. 20
The Bulldogs picked up a needed win on the road to even up their season's record at 3-3. Holmes returns to Covington next week to host Boyd Co.
Harrison Co. 7
The Eagles picked up their third straight win and pushed their record to 5-2 on the year. Scott is off next week but back in Taylor Mill on Oct. 18 to host Boyd Co.
Boone Co. 0
Covington Catholic 45
The Colonels had no trouble at home against the visiting Rebels, improving to 7-0 on the season. Cov Cath hosts Cincinnati LaSalle next week. Boone Co. has lost five straight games and stands at 2-5 on the year. The Rebels host Highlands next week.
The Juggernauts rolled into Ludlow and left with a big win on Friday night, improving to 4-2 on the year ahead of a date at Newport next week. Ludlow saw it four-game winning streak snapped, and the Panthers are now 4-2 on the season. They visit Newport Central Catholic next week.
The Wildcats bounced back from last week's setback to crosstown rival Newport Catholic, easily putting away Bellevue at home. Newport is now 6-1 this season and host Lloyd next week. Bellevue, meanwhile, is now 1-5 on the year, and will visit Dayton next week for the second installment of the annual rivalry game.
The Cougars' hot streak continued with a close win on the road in Fort Thomas. Conner is now 6-1 and hosts Cooper next week. Highlands falls to 4-3 on the year, losing two straight games, with a date at Boone Co. scheduled for next week.
Mount Healthy (Oh.) 21
Campbell Co. 7
The Camels' search for their first win of the season continues, though they did end their four-game scoreless streak by putting up a touchdown in the losing effort in Alexandria on Friday. 0-6 Campbell Co. hosts Ryle next week.
Carroll Co. 14
The Bearcats are now 4-2 on the year, picking up their second straight win. Walton hosts Owen Co. next week.
Dixie Heights 10
The 2A Tigers were able to escape a 6A opponent in Edgewood on Friday night, ending their two-game skid and picking up their second win of the season to improve to 2-4. Beechwood plays at Holy Cross next week. Dixie, meanwhile, falls to 2-4 ahead of a trip to Independence next week to face Simon Kenton.
Scott Co. 57
The Raiders have now lost three consecutive games and fall to 3-4 on the year. Ryle visits Campbell Co. next week.
Nicholas Co. 28
Bishop Brossart 6
The loss marks three straight setbacks for the Mustangs who fall to 2-4 on the season ahead of next week's trip to Bracken Co.
George Rogers Clark 14
The Jaguars are back above .500 on the season, improving to 4-3. Cooper visits Conner next week.