NKY Football: Holmes Win Streak Continues; Holy Cross Snaps Losing Streak; Scoreboard
High school football's eighth week in Northern Kentucky saw RCN's Jason Finnell at the Ludlow-Holy Cross game, and he has a full report below; and RCN photographer Brian Frey was at the Bellevue-Holmes game and you can find his slideshow below. Plus, check out the full NKY scoreboard.
Typically, during a football game, an interception returned for a touchdown does not occur frequently. But on Friday evening at Thomas More University, Holy Cross turned Ludlow turnovers into touchdowns on three separate occasions on the way to a 63-30 victory for the Indians.
Holy Cross did not waste time getting on the scoreboard as senior Brandon McClendon raced 75 yards for the first of many times the Indians were celebrating in what has been an otherwise down year for the 2-6 club. On the Panthers’ ensuing possession, senior standout running back Braxton Newborn found the end zone from seven yards out, capping an 11-play 69-yard drive. However, the two-point conversion failed, and Holy Cross led by a point, 7-6, and did not look back. Much like it did most the night, the Indians relied upon its powerful tandem of Lavarr Jones and Jeremiah Hicks, as Holy Cross pounded its way down the field with Jones and Hicks breaking tackles on the outside. On third-down from the Ludlow 10, Hicks’ 10-yard run put the Indians’ up, 13-6.
As the second quarter began, Holy Cross’ momentum began to pick up speed. With the Panthers deep in their own territory, quarterback Austin Daniels dropped the snap and tried to pick it up as Indians’ defenders converged on him, as the ball looked to be kicked inadvertently out of the back of the end zone. The play was ruled a safety and Holy Cross held a 15-6 lead. With good field position on its next possession, Hicks scored for the second time from five yards out to put the Indians’ up two scores, 22-6. Despite a 65-yard run from Newborn to put Ludlow inside the Holy Cross’ 25, the following first down play resulted in a false start, then an incompletion and Daniels was sacked on third down. Going for it on fourth-and-14 at the Indians’ 29, Daniels was picked off by Brady Spencer and 71 yards later, it was 29-6. With under three minutes remaining until halftime, Ludlow cut into the lead with a 41-yard touchdown strike from Daniels to Brogan O’Brien to make it 29-14. But Holy Cross kept the Panthers at bay. Jones 15-yard carry up the middle to the Ludlow 39 began the Indians’ drive. Hicks’ run to the 20 gave the Indians a second consecutive new set of downs. Jones’ carry to the eight set up quarterback Javier Ison’s eight-yard run. On second-down, Ison rolled right but with everyone covered he was pinned near the Ludlow sideline. Finding an opening, the sophomore was able to squeeze in to put his team ahead, 36-14, with under a minute remaining until the break. Then on the Panthers’ first play from scrimmage, Daniels slipped as he let the ball go and Hicks intercepted the pass, running 51 yards for an Indians’ score. Due to multiple penalties on Holy Cross, they had to attempt a 40-yard extra point and decided to go for the two-point conversion with Ison’s pass falling incomplete in the back of the end zone. At the half, the Indians’ led, 42-14.
The third quarter looked hopeful for Ludlow – at least initially. Only three plays into its opening drive, Daniels found O’Brien for his second touchdown of the evening on a big statistical night for the junior receiver. This time, O’Brien outraced Indians’ defenders 77 yards to the end zone to pull Ludlow within 22, 42-20. The Panthers’ held Holy Cross out of the end zone on its next possession but shot itself in the foot with another turnover shortly thereafter. After Hicks came down with his second interception, the Indians’ turned it into points with the running back finding his way in from eight yards to extend the lead, 49-20. Twenty seconds later, Holy Cross came up with another interception from Daniels from JaMarion Goodson and it was 55-20 with six seconds remaining in the third.
After an additional safety and a long touchdown run from Newborn, the Panthers’ completed their scoring early in the fourth quarter. However, Holy Cross was not finished, adding a Jones five-yard touchdown run, and put up 63 points on a night it looked better than its record on paper. In the Indians’ six previous games – all losses – it totaled 67 combined.
Holy Cross’ next game with Scott is up in the air as the Eagles’ game Friday vs. Dixie Heights was cancelled due to positive COVID-19 tests. Ludlow (3-5) travels to face Gallatin County.
NOTE: DOZENS OF GAMES ACROSS THE STATE, INCLUDING SOME LOCALLY, WERE CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 POLICIES
The Bulldogs ran up the scoreboard in Covington on Friday night en route to their fifth straight victory. Holmes (5-2) wraps up the regular season next week at Newport Central Catholic. Bellevue (0-8) travels to Lloyd next week for its regular season finale. See photos from this game below.
Newport Central Catholic 0
The high-scoring Tigers did it again on Friday night, winning their fourth straight by a wide margin and handing New Cath its first loss. Over the past four games, Beechwood (6-2) has outscored its opponents 198 to 13. Next week, Beechwood is on the road at Meade Co. New Cath (6-1) hosts Holmes next week.
Carroll Co. 32
After a hot start to the season, the Greendevils have dropped three straight, including Friday night's home shutout. Dayton (5-3) hosts Bishop Brossart next week.
Pendleton Co. 12
Bishop Brossart 41
The Mustangs are back on the winning side of things, and improved to 5-3 on the year. Brossart ends the regular season next week at Dayton.
The Bluebirds were no match for their guests from Cincinnati on Friday night. Highlands (3-5) has lost three straight, and visits Campbell Co. next week. Read more about this game at Fort Thomas Matters.
Louisville Holy Cross 28
The Bearcats held off their Louisville guests on Friday night to improve to 5-3 on the year. Walton hosts Boone Co. in next week's regular season finale.
The Raiders have now won four straight games, improving to 5-3 on the year. Ryle visits Conner next week. Cooper (3-5) travels to Dixie Heights.
Covington Catholic 38
Simon Kenton 3
The Colonels continue to roll through the regular season, improving to 7-0 with a dominant win, this time in Independence. Cov Cath finishes the regular season next week at Lexington Catholic. Simon Kenton (3-5) is also headed to Lexington next week to face Bryan Station.
Boone Co. 20
Woodford Co. 62
The Rebels' losing streak is now at six games. Boone Co. (1-7) finishes up the regular season next week at Walton-Verona.
-Scoreboard compiled by Michael Monks, editor & publisher