NKY Football: Holmes Wins District; Beechwood Beats Newport; Bellevue Homecoming
The high school football regular season is coming to a close in Northern Kentucky and Friday night saw some exciting clashes ahead of the post-season.
Holmes pulled away late from Scott to clinch its first district title since 2010.
Covington Catholic notched another perfect regular season.
Newport Central Catholic dominated Bellevue on the Tigers' homecoming night.
Ludlow won a shootout against Dayton.
And Beechwood had no trouble with Newport.
RCN's Brian Frey produced a photo slideshow from the Bellevue-New Cath game and Jason Finnell has a full recap from Beechwood-Newport. Those and the full NKY scoreboard are below.
The Beechwood Tigers rolled over Newport on homecoming night in Fort Mitchell, 38-0, on the strength of two touchdowns apiece from quarterback Cam Hergott and running back Cole Stammer. The 7-3 Wildcats look to bounce back in the 2A playoffs, having lost two of its three games in the final month of the regular season.
Each team would be forced to punt on its initial possessions of the opening quarter, but it did not take long to the Tigers to get going. Dropping back to pass on first-and-10 to begin the Tigers’ second drive near midfield, Hergott found a seam through the left side and raced down the sideline before being forced out of bounds at the Newport 29-yard line. The junior quarterback’s second down decision gained 10 additional yards to the 19 and another fresh set of downs for Beechwood. Several plays later, sophomore running back Avery Courtney took a handoff four yards into the end zone for a 7-0 Tigers lead following a Colin Graman extra point. Newport muffed the ensuing kickoff as the ball squirted away nearly into the end zone, but the Wildcats were able to recover on their own one-yard line. However, the Wildcats could not escape under the shadow of their own goal posts and were forced to punt. Beechwood’s Mason Williams fielded the kick near the Newport 30 and was pushed out of bounds at the Wildcats’ 14, and the Tigers converted again with Hergott running through the right side two plays later 12 yards for the score and a 14-0 lead with 4:08 to play in the quarter.
Newport’s next possession did not begin and end well. Its first play from scrimmage resulted in a pre-snap false start penalty then it gave the ball back to the Tigers’ shortly thereafter on a fumbled handoff exchange on their own 22-yard line. Beechwood ran a fake jet sweep on second-and-six from the Newport 18, but Hergott fell on the ball nine yards in the backfield. The Tigers settled for three points after Brady Moore dropped a would-be touchdown in the end zone but Graman’s 44-yard field goal put Beechwood ahead by 17 as time wound down in the first quarter.
After the Wildcats punt, Beechwood’s next score – a 22-yard run by Stammer – was negated due to an illegal block on the back. But Stammer crossed the goal line from nine yards out several plays later to give the Tigers a 24-0 advantage midway through the second quarter. With under a minute left until the break, Beechwood stretched the margin to five scores, going up 31-0, as Stammer found the end zone for the second time in the quarter from eight yards out.
Davis sparked brief momentum for the Wildcats to begin the third quarter on first down runs of four and 11 yards, respectively. But Jackson fumbled in Beechwood territory. The Tigers punted the ball away going three-and-out but the turnover bug bit Newport once again. On first down on its own 20, Gage Dollenmeyer recovered a Wildcats fumble giving the Tigers another scoring opportunity. Newport’s defense held Beechwood out of the end zone from inside the five-yard line for three consecutive plays but was unable to keep them from adding to their lead on their fourth and final try, as Hergott called his own number from the one to put the Tigers ahead 38-0 with 3:52 to go in the third quarter.
Newport’s final drive of the quarter summed up its night. Facing second-and-10 on its own 35, Davis outraced Beechwood defenders 65 yards to the end zone for a score. But, an illegal blindside block on the Wildcats as Davis made his way down the field wiped away the score and though Newport converted a first down on the drive as the clock turned to the final quarter, the Wildcats eventually punted away.
Above the .500 mark at 5-4 for the first time in the 2019 season, Beechwood completes its first regular season in Class 2A next week at home vs. Newport Catholic. Newport is in wait-and-see mode to find out its opponent for the first week of the state playoffs, which get under way in two weeks. The Wildcats are 7-3.
Holmes Pulls Away from Scott to Win First District Crown Since 2010
The Holmes Bulldogs won their first district title since 2010 on Friday night in Taylor Mill by scoring a late insurance touchdown to put away their hosts, the Scott Eagles, 50-36.
Holmes has won four straight games to improve to 6-3 on the year and clinching its first winning season since 2012. The Bulldogs finish the regular season next week at Bellevue.
Scott falls to 6-3 on the season and will wrap up its regular season next week at Dixie Heights.
The Panthers came out on the winning side in a shootout at the home of the Greendevils. Ludlow improves to 6-3 on the year and will finish the regular season with a visit from Holy Cross.
Dayton has lost four straight since its hot start to the season and falls to 4-5. The Greendevils' regular season finale is next week at Carroll Co.
Newport Central Catholic 50
The Thoroughbreds spoiled Bellevue's homecoming night on Friday. It's six straight wins for Newport Catholic, which is now 7-2 on the season. The regular season finale sees New Cath traveling to Ft. Mitchell for a date with Beechwood.
Bellevue is 2-7 and will host Holmes next week to end its regular season.
Holy Cross 13
The Juggernauts bounced back from last week's blowout loss to Beechwood by easily handling the visiting Indians. Lloyd improves to 6-3 and will wrap up the regular season next Friday at home in Erlanger against Elizabethtown.
Holy Cross is 2-7 and visits Ludlow next week.
Covington Catholic 45
The Colonels completed its third-straight perfect regular season, improving to 10-0 with a rout in Hebron. Cov Cath is 29-1 over the past three seasons.
Conner, meanwhile, saw its own winning streak of six games snapped with the home loss. The Cougars are now 7-2 and will host George Rogers Clark next week to end the regular season.
Highlands finished its regular season with a victorious trip to Union. The 6-4 Bluebirds take next week off and await their playoff draw in two weeks.
Cooper falls to 5-5 at the end of the regular season and will also await the playoffs in two weeks.
Dixie Heights 32
Campbell Co. 14
Dixie picked up its third win of the season to improve to 3-6 while the Camels remains winless at 0-9. Campbell Co. will try to put one in the win column during next week's regular-season finale at Boone Co., while Dixie hosts Scott next Friday.
Simon Kenton 44
The Pioneers picked up their third straight win on Friday in a trip to Union. Simon Kenton is now 6-3 and will wrap up the regular season in Ohio next week with a visit to Little Miami in Morrow. Ryle finishes the regular season at 5-5 and awaits the playoffs in two weeks.
Bishop Brossart 21
The Mustangs corrected their early season three-game losing streak with three straight wins since and improve to 5-4 on the season. Next week's regular season finale sees Brossart visiting Pendleton Co.
Top photo via Covington Independent Public Schools