Cov Cath makes statement in 40-7 win over Ryle

UNION, Kentucky – If there was any question that the Covington Catholic Colonels would not be a dominating force going into the 2018 season, those questions were answered with an emphatic yes. The Colonels opened up the season making a statement with a 40-7 road win at Borland Stadium against the Ryle Raiders.

The Cov Cath offense piled up an impressive 483 yards of total including 300 in the passing game. Sophomore quarterback Caleb Jacob made his debut starting under center and went 12-for-15 passing for 294 yards and two touchdowns. 

It was a very impressive showing stepping in for the departing all-everything quarterback from the last two seasons A.J. Mayer.

“I just wanted to do what was best for the team,” said Jacob. “It wasn’t anything personal about it and I just wanted to get the W for the team.”

The Colonels offensive line, lead by center Carter Black, helped Jacob stay on his feet most of the night and run the offense to successful drives.

“I don’t think that I actually got hit at all actually tonight,” recalled Jacob. “I couldn’t ask for a better line out here. They’re the best.

Casey McGuiness, who was named the game’s MVP, did a great job opening up the passing game with his strong work on the ground. On his first of four rushing touchdowns, McGinness broke one tackle, reversed field and sprinted 14 yards into the end zone for a game’s first score.  

Ryle took over on its first possession and marched down the field against the Colonels defense. However, the 12-play drive stalled deep in Cov Cath territory and the Colonels took over at the 10-yard line.

Jacob combined with senior wide receiver Jack Coldiron on a 70-yard catch and run to take a 14-0 advantage. 

Cov Cath came up again on its next drive and found itself knocking on the door for another score. Jacob’s 57-yard completion to Duncan Summe setup a one-yard scoring run for McGinness. 

Ryle drove deep again into Cov Cath territory late in the second quarter but a fumble forced by Andrew Shelton turned it back over to the Colonels. McGinness scored on a 45-yard run giving Cov Cath a 28-0 lead going into to halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Jacob threw a screen pass to Johnny Schuh and he turned into a 60-yard scamper to pay dirt for the score.

Coldiron played well on both sides of the ball for the Colonels forcing a fumble on defense that was recovered by Jacob Shriver leading to McGinness’ forth touchdown.

Ryle avoided the shutout with a late touchdown on a Max Inabnit 9-yard reception from quarterback Jake Smith. 

Elijah Cusick was another bright spot for the Raiders on this difficult night by blocking an extra point and a field goal attempt by the Colonels.

McGinness finished with 118 yards on 13 carries and four rushing touchdowns. Summe and Coldiron each caught two passes for 84 and 76 yards respectively.

Next week both of these teams travel to Lexington playing in the Bluegrass Bowl. Covington Catholic will open against Henry Clay (1-0) and Ryle will play the host Lexington Catholic (0-0) in the nightcap.


Ryle 14-14-12-0 – 40

Cov Cath 0-0-0-7 – 7


C – Casey McGinness 14-yard TD run. (Trey Grenotte kick).

C – Jack Coldiron 70-yard TD catch from Caleb Jacob (Trey Grenotte kick)

C – Casey McGinness 1-yard TD run. (Trey Grenotte kick).

C – Casey McGinness 45-yard TD run. (Trey Grenotte kick).

C – Johnny Schuh 60-yard TD catch from Caleb Jacob (run failed)

C – Casey McGinness 7-yard TD run. (kick blocked by Elijah Cusick).

R – Max Inabnit 9-yard TD catch from Jake Smith (Mason Molique kick)

RECORDS: Ryle (0-1); Cov Cath (1-0)

UP NEXT: Cov Cath vs Henry Clay (1-0) @ Lexington Catholic; Ryle @ Lexington Catholic (0-0).

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