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THE RANKINGS:


1) 5A Covington Catholic (6-0) –
No action this past week. The Colonels return to action this Friday when they host Indianapolis, IN-3A Bishop Chatard (3-4).

2) 6A Ryle (4-2) – Ryle hosted Indianapolis, IN-6A Cathedral High School (3-4) on Friday. The Fighting Irish came in favored, and left with a 23-17 win over the Raiders. Ryle had a good showing in the ESPN-televised game, despite the loss, and actually had more overall offensive yardage than Cathedral: 345 to 277. QB Easton Pilyer passed for 167yds and 2 TDs, while RB Jake Chisholm was held to 94yds rushing. It was only the second <100yd rushing game for Chisholm this season, the other being against Covington Catholic in their only other loss thus far in 2017. On the defensive side, Mason Smith had 13 tackles, and Jackson Saladin and Justin Selby each had 12. Ryle has 6A Cooper (0-6) this week in district play.

3) 6A Simon Kenton (7-0) – The ‘Neers added another win to their record on Friday, this time beating 1A Beechwood in a surprisingly close call. The Tigers led 7-0 until about halfway through the 2nd quarter, but Simon Kenton was able to pull out a 22-14 win in the end. QB Matt Shearer had 185yds passing, and ran for 79yds and 2 TDs, while the remaining points came via 3 FGs and 1 XP off the foot of Christian Seger. Will Parks led the defense with 10 tackles. The Pioneers take on 6A Boone County (1-5) this Friday in their first district challenge.

4) 1A Beechwood (4-2) – The Tigers played 6A Simon Kenton (7-0) on Friday, and surprised most folks by leading the game for the first 17 minutes of regulation. Simon Kenton had a 3pt lead going into the half, and eventually beat Beechwood 22-14 in the Tigers’ second loss in 3 weeks. QB Brayden Burch went 21-36 passing for 167yds, while RB James Davis rushed for 102yds and 2 TDs. Beechwood plays 1A Bellevue (4-2) on Thursday in their 1st game of district competition.

5) 5A Highlands (2-4) – No action this past week. Highlands will return to action this Friday in 5A district play against Dixie Heights (3-4).

6) 6A Campbell County (4-2) – The Camels played host to OH-DIII Mt. Healthy (2-4) on Friday, and beat the Fighting Owls 41-6. RB Alex Dowds rushed for 114yds and 2 TDs, but the big performance of the night was from QB Austin Hoeh, with 327yds and 4TDs in the air. WR Jack Comer also caught 7 passes for 188yds and 2 TDs. Friday’s game put Hoeh over the 1,000yd mark for passing this season, with 1,154yds total. The Camels play 6A Conner (4-2) this week at Conner.

7) 6A Conner (4-2) – The Cougars played 2A Lloyd Memorial (4-2) on Friday, and as expected, they notched another victory, beating the Juggernauts 40-28. QB Cooper Gullion passed for 267yds and 2 TDs, and rushed for 60yds and another 2 TDs. WR Jaylen Watkins caught for 148yds and 1 TD. On the defensive side of things, Clayton Boyd had a very impressive 16 tackles, and Andrew Davis added 11 more tackles of his own. Conner plays 6A Campbell County (4-2) this week in Hebron.

8) 2A Newport Central Catholic (3-3) – No action this past week. The Breds return for 2A district play this Friday against Covington Holy Cross (0-7).

9) 4A Scott (3-2) – Scott hosted 4A Harrison County (0-7) on Friday for their 2nd district matchup, and improved to 2-0 in their district by beating the Thorobreds 46-6. QB Chad Ohmer went 4-5 passing for 106yds and 2 TDs, while RB Alex Thurza ran for 109yds and 1 TD. RB Nelson Perrin added another 96yds and 2TDs. Junior Jared Kelsay led the defense with 15 tackles, and Alex Thurza added to his offensive performance with 9 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. Scott hosts OH-DIV Taft (4-2) this Friday.

10) 2A Walton-Verona (3-2) – No action this past week. The Bearcats will return for 2A district play this Friday against Trimble County (5-1).


GAME OF THE WEEK:

5A Covington Catholic (6-0) vs. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (3-4)

Covington Catholic seems to be firing on all cylinders, and despite Bishop Chatard’s 3-4 record coming into the game, the two teams had very similar performances against their one common opponent, St. Francis DeSales out of Columbus, OH. Chatard beat DeSales (4-2) back on Sept. 15th by a score of 42-7, and Covington Catholic beat DeSales the following week by a score of 35-7. Should make for a big game in Park Hills.


TRENDING UP:

1A Ludlow (6-0) – The Panthers continued their undefeated streak on Friday by beating 1A Bishop Brossart (4-2) by a score of 54-27. Ludlow plays 1A Dayton (1-5) this week in their first district matchup.

5A Dixie Heights (3-4) – The Colonels have begun putting their 0-4 start behind them, and beat 6A Cooper (0-6) on Friday 36-20. Dixie Heights plays 5A Highlands (2-4) this week in their first district matchup.


TRENDING DOWN:

1A Bracken County (5-2) – The Polar Bears lost 34-14 to 1A Paris (5-1), starting themselves off 0-1 in their district. Bracken County faces 1A Bishop Brossart (4-2) in their second district matchup.

6A Simon Kenton (7-0) – In a rarified case of “trending down despite winning”, the Pioneers dropped a spot in the power rankings because of their surprisingly unimpressive 22-14 win over 1A Beechwood (4-2). Simon Kenton plays 6A Boone County (1-5) in their first district game this Friday.