NKY Round-Up: CovCath blanks Ryle

It didn’t take long for Covington Catholic to make a statement in their 2019 opener versus Ryle as on the second play of the game Caleb Jacob connected with Michael Mayer on a 76-yard TD strike. It would prove to be all the points the Colonels, ranked No. 8 in the Blitz 5 Top 25, would need.

Mayer made his mark on defense too. The Notre Dame commit came up with a clutch interception as Ryle was attempting to drive late in the first half. On the very next play Mayer scored on a 30-yard TD catch as CovCath took a 23-0 score to the locker room.

The CovCath defense came up with five interceptions and limited Ryle to just five first downs and 79 yards of total offense, including 12 yards rushing on 27 carries.

Jacob finished the night with 207 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions on 12-of-23 passing. Mayer finished with two receptions for 106 yards and a pair of scores.

Michael Mayer gets a pick just before the half and on the next play scored on offense Mayer 30-yard TD catch.

There has been plenty of talk about NewCath’s Paul Kremer coming into the season and it didn’t take long on Friday night for the Honor Mentionable All-TSF quarterback to make his mark as he connected on 67-yard bomb to the streaking Caleb Jefferson. NewCath took a 8-6 lead into the half at Campbell County.

Kremer opened up the game in the second half for the Thoroughbreds as he passed for two more touchdowns and ran in another score as NCC put up 21 unanswered points to put the game away. NewCath head coach Stephen Lickert picked up the win in his first game back at his old school.

The Bluebirds moved to 31-0 all-time versus the Eagles in Friday’s impressive road victory to open up their 2019 campaign.

Highlands jumped out to 28-13 halftime lead behind four interceptions by its defense, including a pick six by Jacob Brass. On offense, senior Jack Delagrange paced the way with a pair of touchdowns.

Both teams played sloppy in the opening game of the season with a barrage of penalties and turnovers. Cooper turned it over twice and was penalized six times for 58 yards and Dixie Heights would commit five turnovers and were flagged five times for 43 yards.

The Jaguars did enough to win though with the game’s lone score coming on a 69-yard TD pass from Drew Warth to Xavier Smith for 69 yards in the second quarter. The Colonels outgained the home team 197-195 in total yards, but couldn’t overcome the giveaways.

The Indians tallied 312 yards of total offense and held a nearly 10-minute advantage in time of possession as they knocked off the Tigers in their season opener.

Sophomore quarterback Hayden Spencer passed for 188 yards and a pair of scores while rushing for an additional 45 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in the win. Brandon McClendon was his top target, finishing with six catches for 148 yards and both TD catches.

Other Scores:

Simon Kenton 38, Henry Clay 27
Bishop Brossart 24, Dayton 8
Boone County 20, Holmes 6
Carroll County 14, Ludlow 12
Lloyd Memorial 30, Walton-Verona 6

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