NKY Round-Up: Week 7

Beechwood OL/DL Luke Slusher (photo by Greg Shoemaker/

It’s hard to live up to what we saw in Week 6 in the matchup between Beechwood and Covington Catholic. However, the top teams in Northern Kentucky looked to solidify their place in district play with the playoffs just four weeks away.

The Beechwood Tigers continued its 2021 dominance Friday night, beating the Dixie Heights Colonels 21-14.

After a defensive first quarter, Dixie Heights lit up the scoreboard first on a two-yard touchdown run from Pierce Rohlman, putting Beechwood in unfamiliar territory as needing to play form behind.

Beechwood quarterback Cameron Hergott shined through his arm to get back into the game, finding Brett Holladay for a 39-yard touchdown pass, tying the game going into halftime.

Rounding out the third quarter, Hergott connected with Mitchell Berger for a 27-yard score to give the Tigers the lead they wouldn’t lose. Hergott would use his legs for the third Tigers score, finding the end zone on a 12-yard scamper.

A late touchdown from the Colonels wasn’t enough to knock off the undefeated Tigers, who will take on Holy Cross next week, looking to go 7-0. Dixie Heights will travel down to Independence to face off with Simon Kenton.

One week removed from a crushing loss to Beechwood, the Covington Catholic Colonels were able to rebound Friday night, beating the Boone County Rebels 39-6 at Wooten Field.

The Colonels started in high gear with a long 51-yard scoring pass from Evan Pitze to Nick Boydston. Pitze would tack on another scoring pass to end the first quarter, finding David Sullivan for a 15-yard score to give the Colonels a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.

CovCath used their legs to score in the second quarter, finding the end zone twice: once on a 14-yard run by Zion Mason and a three-yard scamper by Pitze.

After giving up 39 points to CovCath, Boone County finally lit up the scoreboard when Kamarion Hocker connected with Skyler Sears for the 24-yard score.

Covington Catholic will take a week to rest up before they look to keep the momentum going into the Oct. 15 rivalry game on the road against the Highlands Bluebirds, while Boone County will take on the Bluebirds next week at home.

After starting the 2021 season 3-0, the Highlands Bluebirds have continued their slide, dropping their fourth straight game Friday night by losing to Conner 21-13.

The Cougars struck first in the second quarter when Alijah Thompson scored on a one-yard run to go up 7-0. Highlands tied it up before the half when Brody Benke found Cody Class for a nine-yard passing score.

The Bluebirds took the lead in the second half on a blocked punt returned for a 70-yard score. However, Highlands could not stop the Conner running game with Alex Castrucci rushing for a pair of touchdowns, one from 13 yards and one from 23 yards.

Conner has all the momentum going into next week’s battle against Cooper while Highlands will look to get back on the winning track next week by facing the Boone County Rebels.

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

Louisville St. Xavier 13, Ryle 3
Corbin 56, Simon Kenton 24
Scott 35, Harrison County 14
Rowan County 14, Holmes 8
Newport 48, Bellevue 0
Montgomery County 41, Lloyd 6
Walton-Verona 24, Trimble County 7
Bishop Brossart 14, Nicholas County 0
Gallatin County 21, Owen County 15
Mason County 32, Ludlow 9
Cooper 51, Madison (IN) 19

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