1) 5A Covington Catholic (3-0) – Despite weather forcing the game to be played over the course of two days, Covington Catholic rolled through their 3rd win of the season, beating 6A Cooper (1-2) by a score of 54-7. RB Casey McGinness led the offense, rushing for 176yds and 2 TDs, while receiving for another 47yds and 1 TD. Casey both tied the school's record for career rushing TDs during the game this week, and set the new record at 46 TDs. QB Caleb Jacob went 10-13 passing for 154yds and 3 TDs. Defensively, they Colonels were able to tackle the Jags for a loss 6 times, and juniors Jack Raisbeck & Michael Thelen led the team with 4 tackles each. The Colonels will face their toughest challenge yet this season in the OH-DII Kings Knights (2-0). The Knights held Cov Cath to their smallest margin of victory last season.
2) 6A Simon Kenton (3-0) – Simon Kenton is still in the undefeated category after beating 6A Conner (1-1) in one of the numerous two-day football contests around NKY. The game was postponed on Friday night just before the half with the Neers leading 18-13, and Simon Kenton held on to their lead, finishing the game 31-13 on Saturday. QB Caleb Farfsing carried the offense once again, passing for all 22 of the team's yards in the air, and rushing for 120 or the team's 163yds on the ground. Farfsing and RB Jon Sergent both rushed for TDs, and Sergent also ran back a kick for another Pioneer TD. Christian Seger had 7 points on one field goal and 4 PATs, while the remaining 6 points came on a fumble recover for TD by senior defensive lineman JJ Courtney. LB Clay Cogswell once again led the defense in tackles, with 9 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles in the game. Simon Kenton has 5A Dixie Heights (0-3) this week.
3) 5A Highlands (2-1) – The Birds had their first loss of the season on Friday, electing to end their game against 6A Scott County (3-0) with about 3 minutes to go in the 1st half after lighning stopped the game play. The Birds's concession made for a 28-7 loss to the Cardinals. Highlands' offense only mustered 22yds total offense in the first half, compared to Scott County's 248yds of total offense. The Bluebirds' points came via a Brycen Huddleston 83yd kickoff return for touchdown, capped off by a Nick Bowman PAT. This week Highlands will head to Union to take on 6A Ryle (1-2).
4) 1A Beechwood (2-0) – The Tigers showed up big on Friday, despite only having just over one quarter of play in their game against the 2A Somerset Briar Jumpers (2-1). Beechwood led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter with 2 rushing TDs by Logan Castleman and a 50yd punt return by WR/CB John Odom. Odom also added the final TD in the second quarter on a 23yd reception. QB Cam Hergott was 4-4 passing for 125yds and 1 TD, and Castleman rushed for 101yds on 12 carries good for 2 TDs. The game was called with about 8:30 to go in the second quarter due to lightning. Beechwood will head to Whitley County this week to take on 3A Corbin (3-0).
5) 6A Campbell County (2-1) – The Camels rattled off a quick 2 TDs and 1 FG in the first quarter against 2A Newport Central Catholic (1-2) on Friday, and then followed that up with a second quarter touchdown to make it 24-0 Campbell County before the game was called off in the second quarter due to lightning. AB Andrew Helton passed for 168yds and 2 TDs, and added in another 38yds rushing, while RB Grant Jolly ran for 58yds and 1 TD. Kicker Peyton Anderson scored the remaining points for the Camels on the first quarter 29yd field goal and 3 PATs. Campbell County will host the 6A Cooper Jaguars (1-2) on Friday.
6) 6A Ryle (1-2) – The Raiders notched their first win of the 2018 season by beating 6A Boone County (0-2) in yet another two-day affair for Northern Kentucky football. The game was posponed at halftime on Friday with Ryle off to a slow 13-0 lead, and they picked up steam on Saturday evening, finishing off the Rebels in a 41-13 victory. Junior QB Keegan Stanken went 14-20 passing for 321yds and 3 TDs in his first official start. RB Kyle England rushed 11 times for 115yds and 1 TD, and WR Elijah Cusick had 164yds and 1 TD on 4 receptions. Senior DB Dylan Green led the defensive attack with an impressive 15 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. Ryle will be hosting 5A Highlands (2-1) this week.
7) 6A Conner (1-1) – Cooper started off strong against 6A Simon Kenton (3-0) on Friday, nearly going blow for blow with the Pioneers up until the game was postponed with a score of 18-13 in Simon Kenton's favor just before the half. The game resumed on Saturday, and the Neers pulled away, handing the Cougars a 31-13 loss. QB Jared Hicks went 11-19 passing for 132 yards and 1 TD reception to WR Emmanuel Merkel. Kicker Teddy Schul had all the remaining points for Conner, with 1 PAT and 2 FGs. On the defensive side, senior LB Clayton Boyd led the defense with 8 solo tackles, 4 tackles for losses including 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble. The Cougars will take on 4A Scott (2-1) this week.
8) 6A Cooper (1-2) – It wasn't just a bad night for the Jags on Friday, it was a bad morning on Saturday as well as Cooper lost 54-7 to 5A Covington Catholic (3-0). Cooper was trailing 27-0 when the game was suspended less than 2 minutes into the second quarter on Friday, and by halftime it was 48-0. The Jags' lone TD came on a 34yd pass from Jeremiah Lee to Mikey Armour late in the third quarter. Cooper had a total 119yds of offense on Friday, with 112 of those yards coming in the air. QB Jeremiah Lee was 8-19 with 122yds and 1 TD. Jayden Maynard led the receiving corps with 66yds on 5 receptions. Defensively, DL Michael Attabary, LB Ethan Bosway, and DB Joe Poage led the charge with 6 tackles a piece. Cooper will be heading across the Licking River this week to take on the 6A Campbell County Camels (2-1).
9) 2A Newport Central Catholic (1-2) – New Cath didn't have the showing they had hoped for against 6A Campbell County (2-1) on Friday. This was one of the many games called off due to weather, with the Breds falling 24-0 to the Camels in less than 2 quarters of play. New Cath had stud RB/LB Kyle Kelly back in action following a week off due to an injury suffered in their first game of the season, but they were still no match for Campbell County, who posted 276yds total offense in the game, compared to the Breds' -1yd total offense. No further stats have been posted by New Cath, but they will be taking on 3A Belfry (1-1) this week down in Pike County.
10) 2A Walton-Verona (3-0) – The Bearcats remain as one of four teams in the NKY Power Rankings top ten to have stayed undefeated thus far in 2018. This week Walton-Verona blanked 4A Holmes (0-2) in a 48-0 victory. The Bearcats have struggled to find their passing game thus far, only passing 3 times for 29 total yards against Holmes, and a net 153yds in the air in their first 3 games this season. Fullback Micah Alford led the Bearcats' rushing attack on Friday with 106yds, tailback Tyler Schrader had 98yds and 2 TDs, RB Peyton Smith had 64yds and 3 TDs, and RB Dawson Catlett had another 46yds and 1 TD. Offensively, Walton-Verona compiled 323 of their total 352yds of offense on the ground. Dawson Catlett led the defense at DE with 8 tackles and 2 sacks. The Bearcats will play 2A Covington Holy Cross (0-3) this week.
2A Newport (Previously Un-Ranked) – The Wilcats, who remain un-ranked, are currently celebrating their first 2-0 start to the season since 1999. Newport had a 33-0 victory over 2A Owen County (0-3) in their game on Friday, which was called at halftime due to weather.
6A Cooper (Previously #7) – The Jaguars fell to #8 in the NKY Power Rankings after a 54-7 loss to 5A Covington Catholic (3-0).
GAME OF THE WEEK RECAP: WEEK 2
1A Beechwood vs. 2A Somerset
Somerset came into the game ranked #6 in 2A, but failed to impress in their abbreviated game against 1A Beechwood (2-0) on Friday. In less than a quarter and a half of game play, the Tigers played a very unwelcoming host to the Briar Jumpers, sending the Jumpers home on the losing end of a 28-0 shutout. The Tigers offense combined for 227 total yards in the game, compared to the Jumpers 14 total yards of offense.
GAME OF THE WEEK: WEEK 3
5A Highlands vs. 6A Ryle
5A Highlands (2-1) appeared to come out strong in their first two games of the season, beating both teams by more than 3 TDs, but their 28-7 loss to 6A Scott County (3-0) this past Friday made it apparent that the Birds definitely still have work to do. 6A Ryle (1-2) hasn't looked their best yet this season, but appeared to really come to life in the second half of their 41-13 win over 6A Boone County (0-2) this past weekend. This game has the makings to be a real battle between these two teams.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WEEK 1
DB Dylan Green (6A Ryle) – Dylan led the Raiders in tackles over the course of their two-day contest against 6A Boone County (0-2), with 15 tackles and 2 forced fumbles.
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