Sports briefs from RCN's Bryan Burke:
Covington Catholic 74, St. Henry 46
By the end of the first half it didn't look possible, but Highlands is bringing the state football title back to Fort Thomas.
Covington Catholic looked strong in their first game as defending Kentucky state basketball champions as they easily handled Holy Cross, 74-56, in Park Hills on Friday night in front of a sold out
Newport Central Catholic made the trip to Bowling Green for the Class 2A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, but they forgot to take their offense with them.
What a weekend in store for Northern Kentucky sports fans.
Northern Kentucky could make a play for five state football this season as the semifinals unfold Friday night.
The Holmes Bulldogs come into the basketball season with the proverbial chip on their shoulder.
Both teams were hot coming into Friday night's match-up between these two rivals, the second time the teams have met this season.
In a much better contest than the last time these two teams met in Fort Thomas, Covington Catholic fell just short in a spirited comeback attempt at Highlands in the quarterfinals of the KHSAA Clas
There are eight teams from Northern Kentucky still competing in their respective classes of the high school football playoffs.
Friday night's second round of the high school football playoffs has set up some big rivalry games for next week.