Covington Catholic cruises past Highlands 52-0

Park Hills, KY – The Covington Catholic Colonels defeated the Highlands Bluebirds 52-0 at Wooten Field on Friday night.

On a night where Covington Catholic celebrated 50 years of football they obliterated their arch rivals in one of the most spectacular wins over Highlands in team history in front of a packed house.

“It was just the atmosphere we were so hyped up about it with the 50th year and all the alumni coming back and it was just great to win in front of all of those people,” said junior running back Casey McGinness.

Mcginness led all rushers with 111 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries against a Bluebird defense that had given up nearly 2,000 yards rushing coming into the contest.

“We have a great quarterback with A.J. but we knew the bad part of their defense was the running game so we worked a lot on running plays in practice but we’re still 50/50 with A.J.” said McGinness.

In the game the Colonels ran the ball for 279 yards on 35 carries for nearly eight yards per carry.

Meanwhile senior quarterback A.J. Mayer was dynamite once again running six times for 59 yards and a score while also throwing for 286 yards and a touchdown.

Covington Catholic ended the game with 571 total yards while Highlands netted a mere 161 yards.

For the second time this year the Colonels shut out their opponent and this game marks the sixth time in eight games that Covington Catholic’s defense has allowed single digit points.

“I think our defense is better than our offense, they are a well built machine,” said McGinness.

Coming into the year the question mark for the Colonels was the defense but it might be the better part of this team right now.

“We’ve got some experience and that helps, it’s the second year in our scheme and our guys are trusting it and we practice hard and it shows on Friday nights, these guys fly around with no hesitation these guys are making plays,” said head coach Eddie Eviston.

Covington Catholic’s defense did a great job of getting off the field as they didn’t allow a single third down conversion but the offense was so prolific that the Bluebirds actually dominated time of possession by a full ten minutes.

The Colonels defense was led by junior linebacker Jacob Shriver with five tackles as it once again had an absolute group effort for the defense that is allowing only seven points a game through eight contests this season.

Highlands 0 0 0 0 0
Covington Catholic 9 22 14 7 52

C Dyer 8 run (kick no good)
C Gronotte 26 Field Goal
C Shriver 5 run (2 pt run Mayer)
C McGinness 2 run (Gronotte kick)
C Mayer 10 run (Gronotte kick)
C Coldiron 54 pass from Mayer (Gronotte kick)
C McGinness 10 run (Gronotte kick)
C Reusch 12 run (Gronotte kick)

RECORDS: Covington Catholic (8-0); Highlands (3-5)
UP NEXT: Covington Catholic @ Dixie Heights (3-5); Highlands @ Greenwood (3-5)

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