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  1. Pendleton County has scheduled a game with Bellevue for Week 3 this year instead of Newport, so it would appear that Newport is left trying to find a 10th regular season opponent to fill out their 2024 football schedule. The Wildcats were 7-3 last year against this same schedule (Pendleton County included). Losses came to Henry County in the season opener, and then two straight losses to Lloyd Memorial and New Cath. After beating Ludlow 16-14 in the regular season, the Panthers came back and ended the Wildcats' season in round two of the playoffs with a 28-6 win. Coach Hahn has departed Newport for a position at his alma mater on Coach Sphire's Highlands football staff, and Paul Wiggins has taken the reins at Newport after an untenable dismissal as head coach at Bishop Brossart. Wiggins, who helped pull Brossart's football program out of an early downward spiral, has been on the teaching staff at Newport for years and there are high hopes for the football program under his eye. With only a 25-player roster last year, Newport graduated 7 seniors and returns a large cast of starters to the team. Their QB Kyle Lee, who passed for over 2500 yards last season, will be back this year as a senior. Leading RB/WR Rodzion Thompson also returns. Last year Thompson had over 1400 all-purpose yards, including 7 touchdowns rushing, 7 touchdowns receiving, 1 fumble recovery returned for a touchdown, and a pair of kick returns for touchdowns. On the defensive side of things, they return two of their top three tacklers, and 6 of their top 10 - including two players who started last year as freshmen, DB Amonte Lowe & LB Sean Hurry.
  2. Aug 23 at Carroll County Aug 30 at Holmes Sep 6 - OPEN Sep 13 vs. Boone County Sep 20 vs. Ludlow Sep 27 - OPEN Oct 4 at Lloyd Memorial Oct 11 vs. Newport Central Catholic (District) Oct 18 vs. Bellevue (District) Oct 25 vs. Dayton (District) Nov 1 vs. Covington Holy Cross
  3. Aug 9 vs. Conner (Scrimmage) Aug 15 vs. Ludlow (Scrimmage) Aug 23 at Newport Central Catholic Aug 30 at Boone County Sep 6 at Holmes Sep 13 vs. Bethlehem Sep 20 vs. Bishop Brossart Sep 27 - BYE Oct 4 vs. Newport Oct 10 vs. Pendleton County (District) Oct 18 at Lexington Catholic (District) Oct 25 at Bourbon County (District) Nov 1 vs. Scott
  4. The Rockets were 9-1 last year during the regular season, losing only to Paris. Most notably, Rockcastle beat eventual 3A runners-up Bell County 40-38 during the regular season. Lexington Catholic ended the Rockets season in the third round of the playoffs by arriving at The Rock and absolutely dismantling Rockcastle, handing them a 43-7 home loss. Rockcastle graduated all of their offensive yardage-producers, including QB Tucker Warren, who passed for over 2000 yards last year and rushed for a team-leading 1100 yards. RB Anthony Goodin, who was their #2 rusher, WR Caleb Moore, who led the team with over 1000 yards receiving, ATH Christian Larkey, who was their #3 rusher and #2 in receiving.....all lost to graduation. To say that the Rockets offense is looking at a rebuilding year this year is definitely putting it gently.
  5. Aug 23 vs. Anderson County Aug 30 at Pineville Sep 6 vs. Frankfort Sep 13 at Grant County Sep 20 vs. Paris Sep 27 at Clay County (District) Oct 4 vs. Bell County (District) Oct 11 - BYE Oct 18 at McCreary Central (District) Oct 25 vs. Knox Central (District) Nov 1 at Casey County
  6. The Rockets were 7-5 last year against this same schedule, and had their season ended in a 49-7 shellacking in the second round of the 2A playoffs thanks to eventual 2A runners-up, Owensboro Catholic. O-Cath also beat Crittenden County 62-12 in the regular season. They were also beaten 46-6 during the regular season by 2A competitor Mayfield. What would it take for Crittenden County to be able to compete with the likes of Mayfield and Owensboro Catholic? What's the outlook for this season?
  7. Aug 23 vs. Webster County Aug 30 vs. Union County Sep 6 at McCracken County Sep 13 at Hopkins County Central Sep 20 - BYE Sep 27 at Owensboro Catholic Oct 4 at Murray (District) Oct 11 vs. Ohio County Oct 18 vs. Mayfield (District) Oct 25 at Caldwell County (District) Nov 1 vs. Calloway County
  8. I had a conversation a few years back with a couple of St. Henry faculty members about enrollment numbers. They said that they battle a couple of things, historically. It largely derives from the fact that traditionally St. Henry has primarily served the Erlanger/Elsmere area and Boone County. They retain a lot of kids from the Erlanger and Elsmere area who have gone through the St. Henry and Mary Queen of Heaven grade schools, but the percentage of kids in Catholic schools in Erlanger and Elsemere is lower due to income demographics. Then there were only two Catholic grade schools in all of Boone County (St. Paul and Immaculate Heart of Mary) up until the 90s. Now there's also St. Timothy in Union and St. Joseph Academy in Walton. St. Paul has shrunken due to demographics, and also a lot of the families that were once in Florence have moved out to Union and Walton so the addition of the two schools there *has* added a little to St. Henry High School, but not a ton because a lot of them are just relocated St. Paul families. Then the teachers I talked to also said that they feel like the tendency in Kenton and Campbell Counties to have some kids in public schools who then move to Catholic high schools isn't quite as big a factor in Boone County because they felt the Boone County public schools generally offered a better high school product than Kenton County School District and Campbell County School District does.
  9. Per St. Henry's athletic department, those schedules in the first post are still possibly subject to some change. It sounds like, in particular, they're looking to potentially add some froshmore games. Their froshmore schedule also looks like it conflicts with the freshman schedule put out by Dixie. Dixie's schedule shows a freshman game at St. Henry on August 29th while St. Henry only shows Dixie on their JV schedule.
  10. Junior Varsity Schedule: Aug 26 vs. Dayton 6:00pm Aug 31 at Bishop Brossart 10:00am Sep 7 vs. McNicholas (OH) 10:00am Sep 14 at Boone County 10:00am Sep 21 vs. Dixie Heights 10:00am Sep 28 vs. Beechwood 10:00am Oct 7 at Lawrenceburg (IN) 6:00pm Oct 12 at Lloyd Memorial 10:00am Oct 19 at Walton-Verona 10:00am Oct 26 at Newport Central Catholic 10:00am Froshmore Schedule: Sep 30 vs. Bellevue 6:00pm Oct 5 vs. Covington Holy Cross 10:00am Oct 14 at Scott 6:00pm Oct 21 vs. Scott 6:00pm
  11. It's just all a matter of participation. With the Spartan Youth football program mirroring a good bit of the Beechwood school district, plus a lot of Beechwood dad's coaching the Spartan teams over the years, they've always maintained a really solid base of kids coming into the football program. I know Beechwood hasn't had a full-freshman team for quite as long as some of the other bigger schools in NKY, but they always have a ton of football participation, regardless. Beechwood's senior class a couple of years after I graduated high school only had a total of 6 boys from the entire grade that DIDN'T play four years of football. Those 6 guys came to every game with T-I-G-E-R-S painted on their chests 😂
  12. Ahh, that's my bad. I had the score recorded backwards I'm my spreadsheet. My mistake.
  13. Aug 16 at Frederick Douglass (Scrimmage) Aug 23 at Floyd Central (IN) Aug 30 vs. Central Sep 6 at Male Sep 13 - BYE Sep 20 at Elder (OH) Sep 27 vs. Trinity Oct 4 vs. Ryle Oct 11 vs. Manual (District) Oct 18 at Meade County (District) Oct 25 vs. Pleasure Ridge Park (District) Nov 1 vs. Bowling Green
  14. The Spartans didn't lose a game last year until the 1A quarterfinals, when eventual 1A runner-up Raceland took them down in a 42-27 defeat on the road. Coach Pennington's progeny, Luke, will return for his senior year after piling up 2555 yards and 50 touchdowns through the air last year. The offense returns top receiver Brock Coffman, who had nearly 1200 yards and 24 touchdowns receiving last year, as well as Charlie Slabaugh, who was the #2 receiver and #2 rusher with 632 yards on catches, 506 running the ball, and 18 total touchdowns (including 1 on a kickoff return). The Spartan defense was also led by Slabaugh, who had 24 solo tackles and 57 assisted tackles from safety, and cornerback Kemonte Braxton was their next leading tackler, with 24 solo tackles and 11 assisted tackles. Braxton will be back as a senior.
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