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Northern Kentucky Power Rankings 08-24-15

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10) Newport Central Catholic (2A / 0-1) – The Thoroughbreds came out sloppy and flat in their season opener last week, losing to Scott 7-8. New Cath struggled on offense, with stud running back Jacob Smith out, and junior QB Patrick Henschen struggling to find his receivers. Their defense was their definite strength in their first game, but as everyone knows, it’s offense that wins games. The Breds face a major challenge this week taking on the Cooper Jaguars this Friday. The Jags will be riding high coming off their huge win over Highlands last Friday. New Cath needs to have all their big players, and will have to bring their A-game to win this week.


9) Dixie Heights (5A /0-0) – The Colonels have yet to open their regular season, but their scrimmage against 1A Beechwood seems to have validated some suspicions about how well the defending 6A runners up will perform after losing many of last year’s starters to graduation. It’s still hard to gauge the Dixie’s offense, as they were without their starting quarterback for the scrimmage. If they are still starting a backup quarterback this week against Scott, the Colonels may be looking at a particularly tough game against the Eagles this Friday in Edgewood.


8) Scott (4A / 1-0) – Their first game this past Friday may not have been the prettiest of performances, but after eking out a 8-7 victory against New Cath, the Eagles are taking the win for what it is, and they are moving forward to prepare themselves to take on Dixie Heights as the Colonels open up their season this week. It should be a good test for this Scott team to see how they continue to develop, and to build on any shortcomings they identified after their first big test this past weekend.


7) Beechwood (1A / 0-0) – The Tigers won’t be opening their season until this Friday, but they’re already moving up in the polls. With the way they handled 6A Dixie Heights in their final pre-season scrimmage, along with a not-so-stellar performance by New Cath in their own season opener, Beechwood has climbed two rungs from their #9 spot in the BGP Pre-Season Power Rankings. The Tigers will start their season on Friday in Erlanger against the Lloyd Memorial Juggernauts.


6) Campbell County (6A / 0-1) – The Camels had a rough week, beginning with the passing of a recent graduate and football standout, Mitch Kramer. With many of the players taking time out of their day on game day to attend Kramer’s funeral, it was undoubtedly a challenging day for them even without their game against East Central (Indiana) Trojans. The Trojans controlled most of the game this past Friday, but from all reports, the Camels never packed it in, punching in two late-game touchdowns in the 4th quarter to pull within three points of East Central. The Camels will be heading to Ft. Thomas to take on Highlands this Friday.


5) Covington Catholic (5A / 0-1) – Coming into their game against Ryle with a new coaching staff, a new quarterback, a completely new offensive scheme and playbook, and a couple of missing starters, it was hard to say what the Colonels would do. Although they came up short on the win, losing 28-35, they still traded touchdowns with the Raiders for most of the game. It would appear that the development of the defensive backfield will be one of the big missions for Cov Cath. The Colonels go to UC’s Nippert Stadium this Friday to take on a very highly touted Cincinnati St. Xavier team.


4) Ryle (6A / 1-0) – There were many who wondered what Ryle was going to look like this season. After a couple of seasons that had many questioning the Raiders, there was a lot of talk about what Coach Engler would be able to get this year out of his D1 quarterback, Tanner Morgan, and his senior star running back, Collin England. The Raiders managed to take it to the Cov Cath Colonels, posting over 450 yards passing, and walking away with a hard fought 35-28 victory. Ryle travels to Lex Cath this Friday to take on the Knights in the Traditional Bank Bluegrass Bowl.


3) Cooper (6A / 1-0) – Cooper’s biggest question coming into the season was how things would look in the quarterback position for the Jaguars. Nathan Brown’s opening pass – a 72 yard touchdown – seems to have answered that question. At 5’8”, Cordell-Armstrong is a punchy little running back, but his 2 touchdowns and nearly 200 yards rushing against Highlands prove that Cooper is going to be the real deal in 6A this year. Cooper travels to Newport this week to play New Cath on Friday.


2) Highlands (5A / 0-1) – There were a lot of eyebrows raised around Greater Cincinnati and around much of the state of Kentucky this past Friday night after Highlands had their first loss to a Northern Kentucky football program in five years. What may be more concerning for the Bluebirds is the fact that almost half of their 13 points from the loss to Cooper was scored by special teams. Look for Highlands to come out angry and with a purpose this Friday against Campbell County in Ft. Thomas.


1) Simon Kenton (6A / 1-0) – By all appearances, Simon Kenton is coming out strong this season, and has improved on last year’s team. After a very nice showing in their scrimmage at Louisville St. Xavier (6A), and a romping win this past Friday over Christian Academy-Louisville (2A), the ‘Neers will be looking strong and confident as they welcome the Bryan Station Defenders (6A) to Independence this week.



Player Of The Week:


Torey Cordell-Armstrong (Cooper High School)


Running back Cordell-Armstrong showed that he is a major cog in the Cooper machine this past week, running for 189 yards, and scoring 3 touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 37-13 victory over 5A powerhouse Highlands.



Game Of The Week:


Covington Holy Cross (2A) vs. Walton-Verona (2A)


After a tough 1-10 season last year, the Holy Cross Indians celebrated a solid first week win against cross-town rival, Holmes. The Indians will be looking to build on their first taste at success this season when they take the field on Friday.


Walton-Verona took one on the chin in their season opener against the Lloyd Memorial. The Bearcats trounced Holy Cross last season when they met in the first round of the 2A playoffs, and will be looking to correct some mistakes on Friday after their Week 0 loss to the Juggernauts.



Trending Up:


6A Cooper proved that they are here to stay as a Northern Kentucky Power with their convincing victory over 5A defending champs, the Highlands Bluebirds.


2A Covington Holy Cross is working to climb back to their championship form from earlier this decade. The Indians beat 4A Holmes this past week.



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2A Newport Central Catholic wasn’t looking too great this last week when they lost 7-8 to Scott High School in a sloppy game this past Friday. Hopefully returning starter Jacob Smith will bring some fire back to the Breds’ offense.


5A Highlands surprised many folks around the state when they opened up their 2015 season by losing 13-37 to the 6A Cooper Jaguars. The loss marks the first time the Bluebirds have been beaten by a Northern Kentucky team since 2010. Highlands will undoubtedly be making some adjustments as they prepare for the remainder of a very tough schedule this season.

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Great review and analysis CWB. I look for Beechwood to move up in the rankings as the season progresses. NCC will also be right back in the middle of the pack. They have a very strong defense and with Harris and Smith in the backfield as well as Henschen at QB. Depth is always an issue there but they seem to keep ending up in the state finals.


Cooper should probably be ranked in front of the Birds. If the rankings are solely based on this yrs accomplishments.

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How does Highlands stay ahead of Cooper? That makes no sense at all. It wasn't as if it was a close game or anything. Cooper dominated them from opening snap to final whistle.


I'm confused. Please explain.



Also Armstrong had 3 TD's not 2, but close enough ;)

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SK had 572 total yards offense that is pretty distinguishing!

That's pretty sweet. I'm curious and really don't know but am interested in how many yards SK gave up seeing how they were losing half way through the 3rd. Reading the thread about the game it sounded like most of SK's yards were after the other team was gassed and late in the game.

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