NKY Round-Up: Three Teams Still Alive

After an opening week of playoff action which only saw nine teams left standing among our 23 playoff qualifying NKY teams, we saw six more get knocked out with losses on Friday night.

That means the area will have three teams moving on to the Regional Finals next week – Simon Kenton (6A), Covington Catholic (5A), and Beechwood (1A).

After ending their regular season with a Week 9 loss to Ryle, Simon Kenton continued an impressive post-season run by taking down Ballard 52-12.

Joe Sergent scored three times and finished with 95 yards on 19 rushing attempts to pace the Pioneers. It marks the ninth time in 10 years that SK will advance to Regional Championship game next week as they travel to face unbeaten Louisville Trinity.

CovCath kept marching on in Class 5A as they dispensed of visiting Bullitt Cenral in just a few minutes of game action. The Colonels built a 42-0 first-quarter lead and rested most of their key players for a large majority of the contest in a 49-0 win.

Running back Casey McGinness rushed seven times for 60 yards and a scored three touchdowns before exiting. Quarterback A.J. Mayer completed 3-of-5 for 47 yards and two touchdowns and added one carry for 33 yards before exiting. The Colonels now will travel to face South Oldham next week for a Regional title.

The victory moves CovCath to 12-0. They have now outscored their opponents by 538-to-89 margin on the season. It has led some to ask the question of where this team stacks up historically against other great NKY teams of the past.

Defending Class 1A state champ Beechwood had no problems getting by Frankfort to pick up its first post-season win this year, 47-7. Due to an odd number of teams in their bracket the Tigers had a bye a week ago.

Beechwood took about a half a quarter to get things rolling, but put all of their points on the scoreboard before the intermission. Next up, the Tigers will travel to face Kentucky Country Day for a Regional title.

Campbell County lost 51-13 at Trinity in 6A action last night. The Camels got 89 yards and a touchdown from Alex Dowds on the ground in the loss. They finish the season at 7-5.

Highlands lost a heartbreaker at South Oldham 35-34 after leading by 13 points late in the third quarter.  The Dragons rallied back and got four touchdowns from sophomore Keaton Martin, including the game-winner on a 1-yard TD with 1:33 remaining. The Bluebirds end their campaign at 6-6, which threes more than they had a year ago.

Scott hosted Johnson Central, but were overmatched 64-14. It was bad ending to a great season that was turned in by the Eagles. They wrap up 2017 with an 8-4 mark after ending at 2-9 in 2016.

All three remaining Class 2A teams fell – Lloyd (35-20 to Monroe), NewCath (27-20 at Glasgow), and Walton-Verona (28-0 vs. Christian Academy).

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