NKY Round-Up: Beechwood last team standing

Three Northern Kentucky teams entered the night hoping to punch a ticket to next week’s state championship games in Lexington. However, by time Friday night ended just one team, Beechwood, was left standing.

Cameron Hergott has made big plays throughout his entire career and with his team’s season on the line he did so once again. Trailing 34-27 with 2:32 left in the game, Hergott connected with Brady Moore for a 34-yard TD pass to cut the lead to one.

Head coach Noel Rash rolled the dice and opted to go for the two-point conversion rather than a kick to tie the game. With pressure in his face, Hergott avoided the sack and completed another pass to Moore to successfully convert the two-point conversion to give Beechwood a one-point lead.

West Carter drove to midfield on the ensuing drive, put a huge sack on third down by the Tigers’ defense sealed the deal as the Comets turned the ball over on downs as the game reached its final seconds.

The Tigers jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first half and led by 13 at the break, but West Carter rallied back. They scored on the opening drive of the second half and then successfully converted an onside kick and scored another TD on the following drive.

From there it was back and forth to the finish in what turned out to be one of the dramatic games of the season in Kentucky.

Hergott finished three passing touchdowns and rushed for two more as he continued to build his Mr. Kentucky Football resume.

Beechwood now gets a chance to play for their fourth title in five years and 15th overall next Friday afternoon when they face Lexington Christian at Kroger Field.

The Colonels’ season came to a disappointing end as they were shutout at home by the visiting Purples, 20-0. Covington Catholic turned the ball over six times, including being intercepted five times.

Bowling Green gashed CovCath on the ground, rushing for 260 yards. Javeius Bunton did most of the damage as he led all rushers with 153 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. Quarterback Conner Cooper added 138 yards and two scores on 12 carries and completed 5-of-13 passes for 56 yards.

Caleb Jacob was held to just 60 yards on 15 carries and completed only 16-of-37 passes for 107 yards and five interceptions. Despite the disappointing game, Jacob and his fellow Class of 2021 teammates had an incredible run during their time with the program.

The last time CovCath was shutout in a game was September 5, 2014 as they fell to Moeller 39-0. They haven’t been blanked by an opponent in the state of Kentucky since Highlands handed them a 61-0 defeat in 2008.

The Purples got revenge for their 28-0 loss in the state semifinals from a year ago with the win here. It also marked the first time they’ve ever beaten a private school in a postseason game. They now advance to next Saturday’s Class 5A state championship at Kroger Field versus Owensboro.

The Thoroughbreds’ bid to get back to their first state title game in five years came up one win shy as they fell 21-7 on the road to the Tigers on Friday night.

NewCath got on the scoreboard first as Malaki Herndon connected with Joey Runyon on a 46-yard TD pass in the final minute of the opening quarter. From there it was all Paintsville.

Tigers’ running back Harris Phelps was simply too much for NCC to handle. The sophomore carried the ball 27 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns. As a team, Paintsville tallied 338 yards on 56 carries.

Herndon finished the night with 124 yards through the air. Runyon caught four balls for 61 yards and the lone score, but managed just 45 yards on 14 carries as the Thoroughbreds’ campaign came to an end.

Paintsville moves on to face Kentucky Country Day next Friday at Kroger Field for the Class 1A state championship.

Here’s a look at all of the complete KHSAA playoff brackets:

CLASS 6A (Bracket)

CLASS 5A (Bracket)

CLASS 4A (Bracket)

CLASS 3A (Bracket)

CLASS 2A (Bracket)

CLASS 1A (Bracket)

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