NKY Round-Up: CovCath outlasts Cooper

The second half of the regular season got underway on Friday night in grand fashion around Northern Kentucky on Friday night with some key district matchups on tap. Fans across the area were treated to some great games.

After being dominated for nearly three quarters of play, the Colonels outlasted a feisty Jaguars’ team in a game that needed four extra frames before it was decided.

Cooper, who was attempting to pick up their first-ever win against Covington Catholic, could not overcome costly mistakes down the stretch in regulation and as overtime went on.

Senior running back Brendon Tye got the scoring started with the game’s first two touchdowns. His 5-yard run midway through the second quarter marked the only score for either team before the half as the Jaguars led 7-0 as the teams went to break.

Tye opened up the second half with a bang, scoring from 97 yards on the first offensive play in the third quarter. He ended with 162 yards on 16 carries.

CovCath’s defense tightened up after that and Preston Agee took over for the Colonels. He scored on runs of 11 and 19 yards to knot things up and send the game to overtime.

Agee would add two more touchdowns in extra frames and finished the night with 127 yards on 21 carries.

Cooper nearly won the game in the second overtime, but a bad snap cost them a crack at an easy field goal and CovCath took advantage of the second chance.

After the teams swapped out field goals in the third overtime, Agee’s final TD run proved to be the deciding blow. The Jaguars got flagged for a chop block personal foul on the ensuing possession and were not able to overcome the 15-yard penalty as the Colonels’ defense held them out of the end zone, intercepting the final fourth-down play to end the game.

It was Homecoming night at Dixie Heights on Friday and the Colonels gave their fans something to be excited about, a win over Highlands. It is the first time they’ve knocked off the Bluebirds since 2016.

Senior quarterback Logan Landers was too much for the Highlands’ defense to handle. He completed 13-of-18 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown and chipped in another 127 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Classmate Pierce Rohlman led Dixie Heights with 22 attempts, finishing with 86 yards and a touchdown of his own. Colin Smith came away with an interception to seal the victory in the waning seconds of the game and also had a TD run in the victory.

Highlands dropped their third straight contests after starting the year 3-0. The Bluebirds’ defense has struggled of late, yielding 27 or more points in each of those losses.

Quarterback Charlie Noon did what he could to keep his team in the game as he threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns. Clayton Lloyd led Highlands with six catches for 98 yards and a TD.

The Cougars fell down 7-0 four minutes into the game, but their defense locked things down from there as they rolled to a convincing road win over the Rebels.

Alijah Thompson had a night to remember with several highlight reel runs, including touchdowns from two and 25 yards out. Alex Castrucci scored on the ground twice as well and also threw a 18-yards TD pass to Cody Crawford.

The Rebels lone score came on a 17-yard TD rung by Jeremiah Williams.

Here are some other scores from Northern Kentucky teams in action:

Simon Kenton 56, Connersville 20
George Rogers Clark 27, Campbell County 14
Scott 17, Rowan County 7
Holmes 50, Holy Cross 28
Walton-Verona 49, Gallatin County 8
Brossart 41, Ludlow 7
Dayton 42, Fairview 8
Newport Central Catholic at Newport (Saturday)

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