Football playoffs: Only three NKY teams survive second round

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The second round of the Kentucky high school football playoffs brought the end of the season for seven Northern Kentucky teams.

Three managed to march on to the third round, the quarterfinals, next Friday.

The night claimed some of the region’s top teams, including Highlands and Covington Catholic, as well as Bishop Brossart and Simon Kenton.

Lloyd dispatched Walton-Verona in the only pairing of local teams, while Dayton could not build on last week’s magic, falling on the road in Louisville.

Ryle could not overcome Louisville Ballard on the road.

Here is how the night played out:


Newport Central Catholic 50, Frankfort 13

The Thoroughbreds advanced to the Class 1A quarterfinals, thrashing visiting Frankfort, 50-13, in a game that was played at Covington Catholic’s stadium in Park Hills.

NewCath outgained Frankfort, 361-186 including a 271-90 advantage on the ground. Junior running back Demetrick Welch led the Thoroughbreds with eight carries for 119 yards and a touchdown.

“I was really pleased,” said Stephen Lickert, NewCath head coach. “We challenged them all week to go out, play our game and not worry about them. Line up, read our keys on defense and go out on offense and execute. That’s what our guys did.”

Next Friday, NewCath (9-2) is on the road at Kentucky Country Day (8-2). The Bearcats eliminated Dayton on Friday night in Louisville.

Kentucky Country Day 36, Dayton 8

The Greendevils’ season ends at 6-6.

Paintsville 42, Bishop Brossart 16

The Mustangs saw the end of a six-game winning streak and their season on Friday night in Alexandria, falling in upset fashion to visiting Painstville (6-5). Bishop Brossart ends the year at 9-3, falling to a fellow Class 1A school for the first time this season.

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Beechwood 62, Carroll County 14

Another Friday, another rout for the Tigers, who have cruised at home in Ft. Mitchell in the first two rounds of the playoffs, outscoring their opponents 117-14. Beechwood (11-1) is back at home next week with a visit from Shelby Valley (10-2).


Frederick Douglass 33, Covington Catholic 6

The Colonels were no match for their undefeated hosts in Lexington. CovCath ends the year at 9-3.


Louisville Ballard 26, Ryle 14

The Raiders finish the season at 6-6, with three losses in their last four games.

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