NKY Round-Up: Highlands moves to 3-0

The third Friday night of the season brought some interesting story lines across Northern Kentucky as the cream has started to rise to the top. There was a nice mix of offensive fireworks along with some tenacious defensive efforts in Week 3’s action.

The Colonels had a 27-13 lead with 11 minutes left in the game, but the Knights scored 21 straight points, including the game-winning touchdown in waning seconds to shock the home crowd in Park Hills.

Tight end Jack Monday pulled in the game-winning 6-yard touchdown pass from Jack Gohmann with nine seconds left on the clock to seal the deal. Gohmann got the comeback started with a 4-yard TD run with 6:51 left to go in the game. After a successful onside kick and a 44-yard TD run by Walker Hall moments later the game was tied and the momentum swing was too much to overcome for CovCath.

Senior Preston Agee rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in the loss for the Colonels. Losers of two of their first three, CovCath will get some more good tests over the next few weeks with matchups with Dixie Heights, Beechwood and Cooper on tap over their next three games.

For the first time since 2014 the Bluebirds moved to 3-0 as they rolled past the Camels in convincing fashion on Friday night. Highlands raced out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back in this contest.

After giving up 56 points in their first two contests of the year, the Bluebirds’ D turned in their best effort of the season, yielding just a single touchdown late in the affair. Junior defensive back Ryan Deburger provided the highlight of the night for the unit as he returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown as the first half came to a close.

RYLE 14, NO. 24 COOPER 7
It was a good old dog fight in Boone County on Friday night as the Raiders outlasted the Jaguars in a physical battle between rivals. Both teams look to be serious contenders to make deep playoff pushes early in the season.

Following a big first-quarter interception Kaden Gardner gave Ryle the ball at Cooper’s 21, Luke Colemire capped things off with a 1-yard TD run and following a two-point conversion the Raiders had an early 8-0 lead. It would stay that way until deep into the second half.

Cooper had its chances in the first half, including moving inside the Raiders’ 10-yard line twice without putting any points on the scoreboard.

Logan Verax scored on an 11-yard TD run to make it 14-0 with 8:35, giving Ryle some breathing room. Cooper would add a score late, but it wouldn’t be enough to avoid defeat.

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

Brossart 42, Bellevue 0 (Thursday)
No. 18 Beechwood 49, Somerset 0
Dixie Heights 42, Conner 26
Holmes 28, Boone County 14
Scott 48, Holy Cross 12
Walton-Verona 35, Grant County 20
Lloyd 31, Providence (IN) 21
Roger Bacon 48, Newport Central Catholic 13
Simon Kenton at Southwestern (SAT – 7:30 PM)
Newport vs. Pendleton County (cancelled due to COVID-19)

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