NKY Round-Up: Week 5

Northern Kentucky high school football has shown exciting themes throughout 2021, with Friday night no different. Several games were blowouts, while the two Top 25 matchups were a little bit closer.

NO. 25 RYLE 27, NO. 23 HIGHLANDS 13
The Raiders had their way offensively against the Bluebirds, using their size advantage up front to control this contest from start to finish.

Sophomore quarterback Logan Verax threw for 186 yards and two scores, one each to Kaden Gardner and Jayce Harden. on 24 of 33 passing and finished with 36 yards rushing. Nathan Yowan led the team with 98 yards on the ground and a TD on 14 attempts. Gabe Savage added another score on the ground. Overall Ryle held a 305-240 advantage in total yards.

Ryle took a 27-6 lead early in the third quarter and had the game in cruise control from that point on. Highlands did add a TD in the early fourth quarter on a Charlie Noon to Mateo Mattelli TD connection, but that would be as close as they would come.

Noon connected earlier in the game with Carson Class for a touchdown pass. The junior completed 10 of 23 passes for 174 yards. He also carried the ball 18 times for 52 yards in the loss.

The Conner Cougars advanced past .500 on the year, routing the Campbell County Camels 38-7 Friday night behind the leadership of quarterback Alex Castrucci.

Castrucci found the end zone three times via the run game, including scoring rushes of 22 yards, 21 yards, and eight yards. Castrucci also added a 35-yard touchdown pass to Terry Phillips, Jr. Running back Alijah Thommpson also added a score in the second quarter.

Castrucci led both the passing attack and rushing attack, passing for 61 yards and a touchdown while adding 73 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Phillips Jr. led the receivers with two catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.

Cougars kicker Nicholas Keller also shined in the game. On five kickoffs, Keller sailed all of them for touchbacks. He also added a 42-yard field goal, 40 yard punt, and four extra points.

Next week, Conner will hit the road to take on Boone County while Campbell County will also travel to take on George Rogers Clark in 6A action.

After a sluggish 1-2 start to the season where the offense only scored 25 points, Newport Central Catholic has rebounded nicely the past two weeks, including Friday night’s 48-14 win over Holy Cross.

The Thoroughbreds got off to a hot start, scoring 35 unanswered points in the first half behind three rushing touchdowns by Demetrick Welch, Luke Runyon, and Dom Morgan.

NewCath also got first half scores via the defense on an interception return for a score by Matthew Lundrum and a touchdown toss through the air from Kolton Smith to Nick Rouse.

Smith finished the game with 257 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Runyon led the receivers with four receptions with 164 yards and two touchdowns.

NewCath will go back home to take on Newport High while Holy Cross will travel to take on Holmes.

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

No. 18 Beechwood 27, No. 11 CovCath 7 (RECAP)
Boone County 21, Walton-Verona 13
Scott 43, Grant County 14
Bellevue 36, Gallatin County 6
Brossart 13, Lloyd 8
Carroll County 61, Ludlow 20
Sayre 42, Dayton 8

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