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THE RANKINGS:


1) 5A Covington Catholic (7-0) –
The Colonels are another step closer to their second undefeated regular season in program history after beating Indianapolis, IN-3A Bishop Chatard (3-5) on Friday. AJ Mayer had another banner game at quarterback, passing for 316yds, and hooking up with Malachi Pike, Jack Coldiron, and Luke Lenihan for 3 touchdown passes. Grant Dyer added another touchdown rushing. Covington Catholic heads into their annual district rivalry match this week when they host 5A Highlands (3-4).

2) 6A Simon Kenton (8-0) –The Pioneers are only 2 games away from an undefeated regular season after winning 64-0 over 6A Boone County (1-6) in their first district game. QB Matt Shearer had 125yds and 2 TDs passing, and backup QB Caleb Farfsing added another 34yds and 1 TD in the air, plus 1 more rushing TD. Soph RB Austin Hammack had 2 TDs on the ground, and Erik Brown & Jon Sergent also ran for TDs. Simon Kenton has their second district match against 6A Campbell County (5-2) this Friday at home.

3) 6A Ryle (5-2) –Ryle hosted the 6A Cooper (0-7) on Friday in their first district competition of the season, and beat the Jaguars 34-14. QB Easton Pilyer may have only thrown for 88yds and 1 TD, but RB Jake Chisholm more than made up for it with his 231yds and 4 TDs rushing. Kyle England ran for another 126yds. On D, Jacson Saladin put on a tackling clinic, with 18 tackles in the game. Ryle takes on 6A Conner (4-3) this week in their second of two district games.

4) 1A Beechwood (5-2) – Beechwood starts off district competition 1-0 after beating 1A Bellevue (49-0) in a shutout win at Bellevue on Friday. QB Brayden Burch was 16 for 27 with 205yds and 2 TDs in the air, while backup Chris Layton passed for another 42yds and 1 TD. Logan Castleman had 79yds & 2 TDs rushing, and 65yds & 1 TD receiving. James Davis and Daniel Mescher also had TDs in the win. Beechwood hosts an undefeated 1A Ludlow (7-0) team this Friday in their second week of district play.

5) 5A Highlands (3-4) – Despite a rough start to the season, Highlands is 1-0 in district play after blanking 5A Dixie Heights (3-5) in a 47-0 win. QB Carl Schoellman had 5 completed passes in the game, all to WR Nick Veneman, compiling 153yds and 3 TDs for the Birds. Veneman had 1 more receiving TD from backup QB Grady Cramer, and Cooper Schwalbach & Nate Roberts also added TDs for the Bluebirds. Highlands heads to Park Hills on Friday to challenge undefeated 5A Covington Catholic (7-0) in their second of two district games.

6) 6A Campbell County (5-2) – Campbell County soundly beat the 6A Conner Cougars (4-3) on Friday, winning 54-28 in Hebron. QB Austin Hoeh passed for 131yds and 1 TD, but the story of the game was RB Alex Dowds and his 447yds rushing, 46yds receiving and 4 TDs. Dowds personally accounted for 75% of the Camels’ offensive yards gained. Austin Hoeh added 2 TDs on the ground, and Grant Jolly had 1 TD. Campbell County heads to Independence to play undefeated 6A Simon Kenton (8-0) in district competition.

7) 6A Conner (4-3) – The Cougars had their worst loss of the season when they were beaten 54-28 by 6A Campbell County (5-2). QB Cooper Gullion passed for 163yds and 3 TDs, and Sammy Elliston passed once for another TD, but it wasn’t enough to best the Camels’ offensive charge. Defensively, Garrett Coghlan led with 11 tackles, and Andrew Davis had 10 tackles. Conner has another big challenge this week in 6A Ryle (5-2).

8) 2A Newport Central Catholic (4-3) – After a disappointing loss 2 weeks ago to 6A Conner (4-3), the Breds came back from their bye week on Friday and throttled 2A Covington Holy Cross (0-8), winning 49-0 in their first district game. With less than 100yds and 2TDs passing, it was a group effort rushing, led by Kyle Kelly with 149yds and 3 TDs. 11 more players ran the ball for New Cath, and Jason Decker & Max Floyd both had TDs on the ground. Malaki Herndon and Hunter Cain both had receiving touchdowns for the Breds. New Cath plays 2A district competitor Lloyd Memorial (5-2) this week.

9) 4A Scott (3-3) – Scott dropped back to .500 on Friday when they lost 42-35 to OH-DIV Taft (5-2). The Eagles had a respectable 312yds total offense, with 165 of those yards plus 3 TDs coming thanks to Quincy Perrin’s rushing talents. David Patrick and Alex Thurza also rushed for touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Jared Kelsay led the defensive charge with 14 tackles. Scott, who is 2-0 in their district, faces 4A Bourbon County (5-2) in their third of four district games.

10) 2A Walton-Verona (3-2) – The Bearcats handed out their 4th shutout win of the season, this time with a 56-0 win over 2A Trimble County (6-1). Walton-Verona is now 2-0 in their district. QB Garrett Jones only threw twice, and for one reception in the game, good for a 25yd TD to Jack Watson. There were 14 Bearcat rushers in the game, accounting for 516 offensive yards. Among those was Garet Talbott, who led with 100yds and 1 TD. Walton-Verona takes on 2A Carroll County (3-4) this week in district play.


GAME OF THE WEEK:

1A Beechwood (5-2) vs. 1A Ludlow (7-0)

Beechwood is unquestionably one of the top teams in 1A, but Ludlow is coming into the game with their best record in over 20 years, and will be battling hard to continue with their undefeated season. Will Justin Blackburn and the Panthers be able to challenge Brayden Burch and the Tigers and hand them their first district loss in decades?


TRENDING UP:

2A Lloyd Memorial (5-2) – The Juggernauts continued to quietly put together a nice season with a 36-8 win over 2A Newport (1-6). They play 2A Newport Central Catholic this week (4-3).

2A Owen County (5-2) – The Rebels put together another district win this week, improving to 2-1 in district with a 21-20 win over 2A Carroll County (3-4). They play Eminence this week (6-1).

5A Highlands (3-4) – The Birds avenged a 2016 loss to 5A Dixie Heights by beating the 3-5 Colonels 47-0 on Friday. They play 5A Covington Catholic (7-0) this week.


TRENDING DOWN:

1A Bishop Brossart (4-3) – The Mustangs had their second straight loss on Friday, losing 45-26 to 1A Bracken County (6-2). They play 1A Paris (6-1) this week.

3A Pendleton County (3-4) – The Wildcats have lost three straight, most recently losing 49-14 to 3A Russel on Friday. They play 3A West Carter (2-5) this week.
district game this Friday.