NKY Football Playoffs: Holmes, Scott Advance in 4A; Newport Beats Back Lloyd
The first week of the KHSAA Gridiron Bowl playoffs is in the books. Some Northern Kentucky teams are moving on while others saw their seasons end. RCN contributor Jason Finnell has a full report from Taylor Mill where Scott's victory over Rowan Co. sets up another date with Holmes, which beat Rowan Co. in Covington, from where RCN photographer Brian Frey produced game photos seen below.
The story from Taylor Mill, the photos from Covington, and the full NKY scoreboard are below.
Like he has all season, senior running back Quincy Perrin led the way for Scott with three touchdowns, as the Eagles pulled away from Rowan County late, 29-7, Friday night in Taylor Mill in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Scott jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, electing to go for two following an offsides penalty on the Vikings after Perrin scored his first touchdown of the evening from three yards out. From all outward appearances, the Eagles’ first drive of the game seemed to be indicative of how things would go for the teams’ second match-up of the season; Scott won the first game between the two schools, 54-28. But on this night, the Vikings held the Eagles close for three quarters.
Rowan Co. put together their longest possession of the game up to that point as the second quarter began. Quarterback Will Cox found Gage Wilder over the middle for a 19-yard gain out to the Vikings 35 to start the drive. With a fresh set of downs, Andrew Miller advanced the Vikings to the Scott side of the field to their 49-yard line. On second-and-eight, Cox scrambled to his left for 20 yards and another first down. However, what began as a promising drive for Rowan fizzled out. Their next play resulted in a holding penalty and Miller was stuffed in the backfield for a seven-yard loss thereafter. When the Vikings’ Devin Davidson caught Cox’s fourth down pass at the Eagles five, which would’ve given Rowan a first down, he was pushed out of bounds by Scott defenders before he could get a foot inbounds and the Eagles took over.
Out of the wildcat formation on their first play from scrimmage at the Vikings 15, Perrin stood alone in the backfield, taking the snap 85 yards through the left side nearly untouched to the end zone for his second score of the half. The extra point put the Eagles ahead, 15-0. But the Vikings countered.
With just under two minutes to play, all Rowan would need was a few seconds. Like Scott’s previous one-play drive, Miller took a screen pass on the Vikings first play 55 yards for a touchdown and a 15-7 halftime deficit for Rowan, which could have been worse. On the Eagles final play before the break, Gus Howlett’s throw toward the end zone for Griffin Henderson short-hopped the receiver near the goal line resulting in a missed opportunity for Scott to increase its lead.
Rowan’s initial possession of the third quarter took several minutes off the clock with short-yardage gains on runs by Cox and Wallace. Near midfield, Cox held onto the ball on an option play and found running room down to the Scott 15. But again, the Vikings regressed once within striking distance of the end zone and eventually turned the ball over to the Eagles after its drive stalled following an offensive holding penalty. After Scott went three-and-out on its possession, the quarter ended with the score remaining 15-7.
The Eagles finally distanced themselves from the visitors in the fourth. Taking advantage of a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty against the Vikings following a big play by Scott, Howlett found Cameron Patterson in the back of the end zone for a 14-yard score and a 22-7 lead. Henderson came up big for the Eagles on the defensive side of the ball on Rowan’s ensuing drive, preventing a would-be first down on the Vikings last chance realistically to stay in the game, knocking the ball loose from the grasp of Rowan’s receiver on fourth down. Perrin quickly put the Eagles inside the 10 with a first down run of 19 yards followed by five more up the middle on second down. Then on second-and-goal from the four, Perrin pushed his way into the end zone for the final touchdown of the night for Scott, as the Eagles put away the Vikings, 29-7, setting up a rematch with Holmes next Friday in Covington.
The Bulldogs' win in Taylor Mill two weeks ago gave it its first district championship in nine years, but Scott Head Coach Eric Turner looks forward to the challenge. “It’s definitely a rivalry game and they played lights out last time. Defensively, we’re adjusting and hopefully we’ll try to slow them down a little bit. Offensively, in that game we shot ourselves in the foot, didn’t execute like I know we can, and we put ourselves in bad positions that game. We’ve been talking about that and making corrections ever since and were hoping we’d see them again and our guys are fired up for that, so I think it’s going to be one heck of a game that night.”
Harrison Co. 0
The Bulldogs are hot right at the right time, winning their last six games, including Friday night's opening round game at home. Holmes is now 8-3, tying their most wins in a season since 2010. Holmes hosts Scott next Friday in round two.
Bishop Brossart 36
The Mustangs have won five straight games to improve to 7-4 on the season with an easy win at home against Paris on Friday. Brossart gears up for a round two game, on the road at Nicholas Co. (8-3), which routed Bracken Co., 46-0, on Friday, and has its own five-game winning streak going. Brossart lost at home to Nicholas Co. 28-6 on October 4.
In this Friday night cat fight, the Panthers put away the Tigers in Ludlow. Bellevue's season ends with a record of 2-9. Ludlow has won four straight to improve to 8-3 on the season and will travel to Newport Central Catholic next Friday. New Cath beat Ludlow 49-10 on October 10.
Newport Central Catholic 52
New Cath roughed up Dayton in Friday night's opening round match-up at Newport. After its hot start this season, Dayton, which won four of its first five games, dropped six straight to end the year at 4-7. The Thoroughbreds, meanwhile, have not lost since September 6, winning eight straight games to improve to 9-2. Next week, New Cath hosts Ludlow. New Cath beat Ludlow 49-10 on October 10.
Holy Cross 0
The Tigers had no trouble with the Indians in Fort Mitchell on Friday night. In its first season in Class 2A, Beechwood now stands at 6-5 and will host Newport next week. Beechwood beat Newport 38-0 on Oct. 25. Holy Cross ends its season at 2-9.
Newport avenged an earlier loss against the Juggernauts by pulling away and beating Lloyd in Erlanger on Friday night. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 8-3 on the season, and have a date at Beechwood next week in the second round. Beechwood beat Newport 38-0 on Oct. 25. Lloyd finishes the season at 6-5.
Gallatin Co. 6
The Bearcats have won five of their last six games and now stand at 7-4 this season with a rout of Gallatin Co. Next week, Walton plays Owen Co. (4-7). The teams met previously on October 11, which resulted in a 49-19 Walton win.
Covington Catholic 41
Cov Cath remains untouchable so far this season, easily dispatching Cooper in Park Hills. The Colonels are now 11-0 and will take on Conner next week at home. Cov Cath beat Conner on Oct. 25, 45-7.
The Cougars ended their two-game skid by knocking off the Bluebirds in Hebron. Highlands's season ends at 6-5. Conner improves to 8-3 ahead of its rematch at Covington Catholic next week in round two. Cov Cath beat Conner on Oct. 25, 45-7.
Campbell Co. 14
Simon Kenton 24
The Pioneers held off the struggling Camels in Independence on Friday night to improve to 7-4. The win sets up a round-two date with Dixie Heights (5-6), a team SK beat 43-27 on Oct. 10. Campbell Co. ends its season at 1-10.
Dixie Heights 18
The Colonels avenged an earlier season loss to Ryle, by ending the Raiders' year on their own turf in Union. Dixie is now 5-6 and travels to Simon Kenton next week. The Colonels lost to the Pioneers on Oct. 10, 43-27. Ryle's season ends at 5-6.