Northern Kentucky Power Rankings: 08-21-18

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    1) 5A Covington Catholic (1-0) – With sophomore Caleb Jacob getting the starting nod at QB, the Colonels came out swinging on Friday against 6A Ryle, beating the Raiders 40-7. Caleb was an impressive 12 for 15 passing for 294yds and 2 TDs, connecting with Johnny Schuh and D1 commit Jack Coldiron for TD receptions. Zack Coburn and Duncan Summe also look to be favorite receivers this season. Senior RB Casey McGinness started off his 3rd year starting for Cov Cath with a 188yd game on the ground and 4 TDs. On the defensive side, the Colonels have moved junior Notre Dame commit Michael Mayer from DE to middle LB. Mayer had 9 tackles in the game, 3 of which made for Ryle loss of yards. The Colonel D also forced three turnovers in the game: an interception by Duncan Summer, a fumble forced by Michael Mayer, and a Jack Coldiron pick-6. Cov Cath takes on 6A Henry Clay (1-0) this Friday at Lexington Catholic in the Bluegrass Bowl.

    2) 6A Simon Kenton (1-0) – One game into the season, and the Pioneers have already moved up a spot in the NKY power rankings. Simon Kenton hosted the 6A Meade County Green Wave on Friday and came away with a 29-28 Week 0 win, despite a rally by Meade County in the second half. Senior QB Caleb Farfsing was 11 for 19 passing for 166yds and 1 TD. Receiver Brennan Gangwish led the team receiving with 110yds and 1 TD, while tailback Jon Sergent led in rushing with 63yds and 1 TD. Farfsing and RB Austin Hammack also added rushing TDs. Senior defensive tackle JJ Courtney led the D with 8 tackles, while senior linebackers Clay Cogswell and Bryson Pernell added 7 tackles each. Simon Kenton will host 6A Bryan Station (0-1) this week in Independence.

    3) 5A Highlands (1-0) – Rome wasn’t built in a day…but Highlands’ rebuilding efforts are paying off. The Bluebirds started off the 2018 season right, with a solid 36-7 win over the 6A Cooper Jaguars. QB Grady Cramer was at the offensive helm on Friday, passing for 121yds and 1 TD. RB Cooper Schwalbach was the #1 ball carrier for the Birds, rushing for 109yds and 1 TD. Highlands also seemed to have been feeling out their kicking talent on Friday, with Nick Bowman and Brennan Haigis splitting duties to kick PATs in the game. Junior DL Zach Lewin led the defensive effort with a sack and a forced fumble with recovery, while senior DB’s Bailey Armstrong and Casey Greene both had interceptions. Highlands will head down 27 to Claryville to play 6A Campbell County (1-0) on Friday.

    4) 1A Beechwood (0-0) – No action in week 0. The Tigers will open up their 2018 season at home in Friday against 2A Lloyd (1-0).

    5) 6A Campbell County (7-5 in 2017) – Coach Woolf is returned to his old digs, this time as a head coach. In his head coaching debut, the Camels handed a 34-3 walloping to 5A Dixie Heights. Senior quarterback Andrew Helton had his first varsity start, and wowed with 338yds passing and 4 TDs. Reid Jolly was his favorite receiver, catching for 203yds and 3 TDs, while Grant Jolly led things on the ground, with 86yds rushing and 1 TD. The Campbell County defense completely shut down the Dixie Heights rushing attack, allowing 0 yards rushing, and it held the Colonels to 161yds passing, forcing them to settle for a single field goal. The Camels should have a solid test this Friday when they play host to the 5A Highlands Bluebirds, a team they lost to last year in a 27-20 overtime contest.

    6) 6A Ryle (0-1) – Ryle is working on dusting themselves off and recollecting this week after a disappointing 40-7 loss to Covington Catholic, the 5A defending state champs. The Raiders offense struggled to consistently follow through on their more successful drives, turning the ball over four times in the game, including two turnovers in the red zone. QB Jake Smith was 14-26 passing, connecting with six different receivers for 179yds and 1 TD in the air. They were held to just under 100yds total rushing in the game. Junior LB Luke Bradshaw led the D with 11 tackles, and senior LB Jackson Saladin added 8 more tackles. The Raiders head to Lexington to take on the 3A Lexington Catholic Knights (1-0) in the second game of the Bluegrass Bowl on Friday.

    7) 2A Newport Central Catholic (1-0) – I wouldn’t say that the Breds “dropped” this week in the rankings, so much as 6A Campbell County skipped ahead this week. New Cath had an impressive opener on Friday, routing 4A Scott in a 41-0 shutout, making for a third straight win over the Eagles in their annual season opener. The Breds offense had nearly 400 total yards, with QB Paul Kremer going 8-14 passing for 170yds and 2 TDs, and rushing for 1 more TD. RB Kyle Kelly carried the ball for 113yds and 1 TD, while RB Hezekiah Miller, WR Hunter Cain, WR Luke Landrum, and WR Aubrey Posey also provided TDs for New Cath. The Breds’ defense held the Eagles to a mere 115 total yards of offense, and Caleb Jefferson added an interception for the D. New Cath will return to action on Friday when they take on 6A Cooper (0-1) on the road.

    8) 6A Conner (0-0) – No action in week 0. The Cougars will open up their 2018 season on the road this Friday against 6A Boone County (0-0).

    9) 6A Cooper (0-1) – Cooper is still a young team, but they’re definitely looking at an uphill battle if they want to make any kind of splash in 6A this year. They started off with a disappointing 36-7 loss to 5A Highlands on Friday. The offense was able to put together just over 200 total yards on the back of junior RB Anthony Witschey, who rushed 23 times for 74 of the Jags’ 98yds on the ground. Sophomore QB Jeremiah Lee connected with receivers on 6 of his 17 pass attempts for 109yds in the air. Senior defensive lineman Conner Bridges had a forced fumble with recovery and an interception in the Cooper defensive effort.

    10) 2A Walton-Verona (1-0) – The Bearcats opened up their 2018 season with a W against 4A West Jessamine in the Visit Jessamine Bowl, beating the Colts 14-0. The Bearcats ground it out on Friday with 5 different running backs toting the pigskin, and senior FB Micah Alford accounting for 110 of Walton-Verona’s 205 rushing yards. Alford ran in both of the Bearcats’ touchdowns. Senior QB Garrett Jones was able to complete 4 of his 11 pass attempts for the remaining 63yds of the offensive effort. At linebacker, Micah Alford also led the team on defense with 9 tackles, and senior LB Grant Grubbs had 7 tackles and helped hold West Jessamine to under 200yds of total offense. Walton-Verona will host 2A Kentucky Country Day (0-1) this Friday.


    TRENDING UP:

    2A Walton-Verona (Previously Un-Ranked) – The Bearcats were able to win out the defensive battle against 4A West Jessamine on Friday to start off their season on a 14-0 high note and moved into the #10 slot in the NKY Power Rankings.

    3A Pendleton County (Previously Un-Ranked) – The Wildcats haven’t yet made the top 10 in the NKY Power Rankings, but Pendleton County opened their season with a 35-6 win over 2A Gallatin County on Friday, only allowing Gallatin County 141 total yards of offense.

    6A Campbell County (Previously #7) – Campbell County isn’t showing any signs of growing pains after getting a new head coach this year. They trounced the 5A Dixie Heights 34-3 on Friday and moved up to #5 in the NKY Power Rankings.


    TRENDING DOWN:

    4A Scott (Previously #10) – The Eagles dropped out of the top 10 in the NKY Power Rankings after a 41-0 blowout by 2A Newport Central Catholic.

    5A Cooper (Previously #8) – The Jaguars struggled to find much offensive groove on Friday in a 36-7 loss to 5A Highlands, and fell to #9 in the NKY Power Rankings.

    6A Ryle (Previously #2) – The Raiders dropped four spots to #6 in the NKY Power Rankings following a rough showing in a 40-7 route at the hands of 5A Covington Catholic.


    GAME OF THE WEEK RECAP: WEEK 0


    1A Ludlow vs. 2A Carroll County

    Surprise…the Panthers won. The 1A Ludlow Panthers beat the 2A Carroll County Panthers 28-14 on Friday. Senior RB Sean Stratton accounted for almost 1/3 of Ludlow’s total 3437 rushing yards last season, allowing star QB/ATHL Justin Blackburn to run the show and carry for over 2000yds, but on Friday Stratton had the opportunity to show that he still has more to give for the team, carrying 20 times for 119yds and 2 TDs. Junior LB Cody Kramer accounted for 10 of Ludlow’s tackles on defense.

    Junior LB Welch Gage highlighted the Carroll County defensive effort with a 55yd pick-6, while senior WR David Duncan provided the team’s only offensive touchdown on a reception from junior QB Andre Mumphrey.


    GAME OF THE WEEK: WEEK 1

    5A Highlands vs. 6A Campbell County

    The Camels will host the Bluebirds on Friday in what looks to be one of the most exciting games in NKY this week. Both teams have a solid win under their belt, and will be fighting for bragging rights in Campbell County.


    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WEEK 0

    QB Andrew Helton (6A Campbell County) – Helton was 15-27 passing for an impressive 338yds and 4 TDs in the Camels’ win over Dixie Heights, with an additional 4 times carrying the ball for 13yds.
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    1) 5A Covington Catholic (1-0) – With sophomore Caleb Jacob getting the starting nod at QB, the Colonels came out swinging on Friday against 6A Ryle, beating the Raiders 40-7. Caleb was an impressive 12 for 15 passing for 294yds and 2 TDs, connecting with Johnny Schuh and D1 commit Jack Coldiron for TD receptions. Zack Coburn and Duncan Summe also look to be favorite receivers this season. Senior RB Casey McGinness started off his 3rd year starting for Cov Cath with a 188yd game on the ground and 4 TDs. On the defensive side, the Colonels have moved junior Notre Dame commit Michael Mayer from DE to middle LB. Mayer had 9 tackles in the game, 3 of which made for Ryle loss of yards. The Colonel D also forced three turnovers in the game: an interception by Duncan Summer, a fumble forced by Michael Mayer, and a Jack Coldiron pick-6. Cov Cath takes on 6A Henry Clay (1-0) this Friday at Lexington Catholic in the Bluegrass Bowl.
    The KHSAA is showing Mayer with 8 solo tackles and 4 assisted tackles for 12 total tackles.

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