NKY Football: Newport, Holmes Wins; Cov Cath Shuts Out Highlands
Another week of high school football in Northern Kentucky is in the books.
RCN's Jason Finnell has a full report from the Newport-Holy Cross game while RCN photographer Brian Frey has a photo slideshow from the Holmes-Harrison Co. game.
The story, the photos, and the full scoreboard from around the region are below.
Kaleal Davis normally makes headlines with his quarterback play but it was his work on the defensive side of the ball Friday night at Thomas More University’s BB&T Field, where the senior picked off Indians’ freshman signal caller, Javier Ison three times to help propel the Wildcats to victory, 44-7, over Holy Cross.
Newport wasted little time on its opening drive of the game as Simon Keating’s 14-yard touchdown reception opened the scoring for the Wildcats. However, the two-point conversion attempt failed. On the Indians’ ensuing drive after a big kickoff return into Newport territory, it was unable to advance the football past the 37-yard line. Davis completed a 40-yard pass play on third down on the Wildcats second possession of the quarter, followed by an 18-yard run by Kaleb Thompson pushing the ball to the four. But the Wildcats regressed from there after an offensive holding penalty and Holy Cross’ Jeremiah Hicks intercepted Davis in the end zone for a touchback on second down.
With possession, the Indians’ offense remained stuck in neutral. After a short punt giving the Wildcats’ the ball back inside the Holy Cross’ 30, Andrew Rath’s reception on a swing pass in the flat from Davis placed the ball on the Indians’ one-yard line. Then on first-and-goal, Davis’ keeper on a play-action fake around the left side from a yard out, put his team up 12-0, with 2:12 remaining in the first quarter.
After another kickoff return into Wildcats’ territory, Holy Cross’ Ison carried up the middle to the Newport 23 and a first down, followed by an 11-yard run to the 12. Two-plays later, Ison found Brandon McClendon in the back of the end zone to put Holy Cross on the board as time ran out in the opening quarter, 12-7. Less than two minutes had ticked off the clock and the Indians had the ball back after Hicks picked off Davis at the Holy Cross 33. Ison found McClendon down the left sideline for a 22-yard gain on second down. Then the Indians began shooting themselves in the foot. After McClendon’s catch-and-run to the Newport three-yard line was called back on a holding penalty, Cade Lehmkuhl let a pass bounce off his fingertips. On third-and-10 from the 32, Ison found Hicks behind two Newport defenders inside the five and walked into the end zone. But the would-be scoring play was negated by an ineligible receiver downfield penalty on Holy Cross, taking the points off the board in addition to a loss of down. After Ison’s fourth down pass intended for Hicks fell harmlessly to the turf, the Wildcats took over on their own 37-yard line. Giaunte Jackson’s big gain around the left side gave the Wildcats a first down inside the Indians’ 40. Davis then called his own number down to the seven, where he was run out of bounds. Thompson dropped a slant pass at the goal line that was thrown behind him on third down then Newport was called for a false start on fourth. However, coming out of a timeout after the penalty, Thompson redeemed himself with a touchdown reception and an 18-7 Wildcats’ lead.
Holy Cross’ opening possession of the third quarter was short lived. Davis intercepted Ison at the Wildcats’ 39 and several plays later Jackson found the end zone as Newport increased its lead, 24-7. When the Indians received the ball back, it was Davis once again who came up with the big play. This time, the standout senior picked off Ison 40 yards downfield, leaping high to pick off the young quarterback’s pass attempt for McClendon. The Wildcats’ stretched the margin to 30-7 on its ensuing drive with Davis’ legs, on a 22-yard scramble and score with 6:39 to play in the third. The following possessions for each team resulted in failed fourth down conversions to end the quarter.
Davis was picked off for the third time in the final quarter by the Indians, but Holy Cross quickly gave the ball back to Newport after going three-and-out. James Martin’s 13-yard run up the middle into the end zone stretched the lead to 30 for the Wildcats, 37-7. After it received the ball for the final time of the evening, Newport’s Trent Alford capped the scoring, 44-7, and another district victory for the Wildcats. New 2A, district six opponent, Beechwood (4-4), awaits the 7-2 Wildcats next Friday night in Fort Mitchell. Holy Cross (2-6) travels to Erlanger to face fellow district foe, Lloyd (5-3).
Holmes holds off Harrison Co.
It was a close one in Covington on Friday night as Holmes held off Harrison Co. 8-7.
Harrison Co. scored on its opening drive with little resistance from the Bulldogs, but would not find the end zone again.
Holmes made some adjustments and shut them down, finally adding a touchdown of its own along with a two-point conversion to take the lead for good in the low-scoring match-up.
The Bulldogs have won three straight games to improve to 5-3 on the year and will visit Scott next Friday.
Covington Catholic 13
The Colonels shut out their rival in Fort Thomas on Friday to remain perfect at 9-0 this season. Cov Cath visits Conner next week in the regular season finale.
Newport Central Catholic 49
The Thoroughbreds routed the Greendevils on Friday night. New Cath improves to 6-2 on the season and has won five straight games. The 'Breds visit Bellevue next week. After a hot start to the season, Dayton has dropped three straight to fall to 4-4. Ludlow visits Dayton next week.
The Panthers ran up the scoreboard in this River City battle, easily putting away the Tigers at home. Ludlow is now 5-3 and will visit Dayton next week. Bellevue looks to bounce back next week when Newport Central Catholic visits Tiger Stadium. Bellevue is 2-6 this season.
Boyd Co. 26
The Eagles picked up their fourth straight win, a rout of Boyd Co. on the road and are now 6-2 this season. Scott hosts Holmes in Taylor Mill next week.
Campbell Co. 7
Simon Kenton 34
The Pioneers had no trouble with the Camels in Independence on Friday night, racking up another win to improve to 5-3 this season. SK visits Ryle next week. Campbell Co. remains winless this season at 0-8, and hosts Dixie Heights next week in Alexandria.
The Tigers roared into Erlanger and left unscathed Friday night, easily downing the Juggernauts. It was Beechwood's third straight win to even up its record at 4-4 ahead of next week's visit by Newport to Ft. Mitchell. Lloyd drops to 5-3 on the season and hosts Holy Cross next week.
Dixie Heights 8
The Raiders have now put up back-to-back wins to improve to 5-4 on the year ahead of next week's regular season finale at home against Simon Kenton. Dixie drops to 2-6 and will visit Campbell Co. next week.
Bishop Brossart 41
After losing three straight games at home, the Mustangs have posted two consecutive road wins, this time at Paris. Brossart is now 4-4 and hosts Sayre next week.
Make it four in a row for the Bearcats who are now 6-3 on the season. Walton has next week off before visiting Louisville Holy Cross on Nov. 1 for the regular season's final game.
Boone Co. 0
The Jaguars improved to 5-4 on the year with a rout of their visitors from Florence. Cooper hosts Highlands in next week's regular season finale. For the Rebels, after winning the first two games of the season, it has been a 7-game losing streak since. Boone Co. takes next week off before hosting another struggling program, Campbell Co., on Nov. 1 in the last game of the regular season.
-Scoreboard compiled by RCN publisher Michael Monks