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To be the winning team, fan votes play a heavy role, along with consideration from our sports team here at LINK.

Nominations are reader-submitted or recommended by our sports team. Our Team of the Week program honors all local sports at all levels, whether it’s youth or adult-oriented recreation, high school or college, professional or amateur.

This week’s nominated teams are listed below with some information provided by the submitter or LINK nky staff. The poll where you can vote follows at the end of the article.

Voting is open until Sunday night.


Beechwood won their eighth game in a row in the region championship victory over Martin County. Brandon Wheeler | LINK nky

Beechwood wasted no time to win their 10th straight region championship.

The Tigers scored 11 seconds into their matchup with Martin County and never looked back in a 55-0 victory.

Clay Hayden was nearly flawless in the first half at quarterback, hitting on 17-of-18 passes for 300 yards and six touchdowns. His day was done after they built a 41-0 halftime lead and got the game to a running clock.

Hayden spread the wealth around, four different receivers catching a touchdown pass. Tyler Fryman had two touchdowns to go with 89 receiving yards. James Cusick also caught a pair of touchdown passes while Luke Erdman and Talon Linder caught one apiece, Erdman leading the receiving corps with 96 receiving yards.

Bo Sowder and Brody Aylor added rushing touchdowns in the second half.

The defense pitched their sixth shutout in the last eight games aided by four interceptions, one apiece from Fryman, Linder, Cusick and Caleb Arrasmith.

The Tigers continue their quest for four straight titles as they head to Mayfield on Nov. 24 for a Class 2A semifinal matchup with the Cardinals.

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Covington Catholic improved to 13-0 after their victory over Johnson Central. Brandon Wheeler | LINK nky contributor

The Colonels are now two games from perfection after dismantling Johnson Central, 31-0.

Facing one of the state’s top rushing attacks from the Golden Eagles, CovCath shut it down as Johnson Central finished with 156 yards and the Colonels defense got a safety.

After a slow start offensively, the Evan Pitzer to Braylon Miller connection delivered for two touchdowns on the night. Pitzer finished with 187 yards passing, completing 14-of-21 attempts and three scores.

Miller had seven catches for 106 yards to go with the two touchdowns, Willie Rodriguez catching the other touchdown and adding 36 yards receiving. Owen Leen added 61 yards on the ground, Miller adding a score via the ground game.

Tate Kruer led the defensive effort with 10 tackles, Josh Flood with nine, JP Sullivan with seven and Ben Reeves six.

Johnson Central didn’t record a passing yard on six attempts.

The Colonels will look to make it 14-0 and a trip to Kroger Field when they host Paducah Tilghman in the Class 4A semifinals on Nov. 24.


Cooper junior Issac Brown (2) pursues Southwestern running back Christian Walden (29) in the Class 5A playoff game on Friday. Cooper won 24-14 and will play at Highlands in the semifinals. Photo provided | Bob Flynn

Cooper continued its success on the road, making the long trip to Southwestern and coming away with a 24-14 victory.

The Jaguars defense was the difference maker, allowing just 154 rushing yards on 46 Warrior carries. They forced a fumble to set up their first of two scores on the ground by Keagan Maher, Maher finishing with 121 rushing yards.

Carson Taylor made a field goal to give Cooper a 10-0 lead at halftime.

Southwestern responded with two touchdowns in the third, but a Jaidan Combs 45-yard punt return set up a Cam O’Hara 11-yard touchdown pass to Austin Alexander.

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Maher delivered the knockout blow late with a 44-yard touchdown run. Ryker Campbell followed with a game-sealing interception.

O’Hara threw for 105 yards and a touchdown, completing 13-of-22 passes. Isaiah Johnson added four catches for 49 yards, Alexander with 24 yards receiving on three catches, one of them for the go-ahead touchdown.

Mike Mulvihill added an interception.

After two longer road trips, Cooper gets a much closer road game Nov. 24 at Highlands in Fort Thomas. The winner will head to Kroger Field for the Class 5A state championship against the Bowling Green-Owensboro winner.


Highlands defeated North Laurel on their way to the Class 5A semifinals. Photo provided | Jenna Richey

The Bluebirds jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead, defeating North Laurel 30-7 on Nov. 17 in Fort Thomas.

While the rushing attack continues to have its success, Brody Benke also threw for 154 yards and a touchdown, completing 14-of-18 passes in the victory.

Cameron Giesler had 95 yards rushing on 18 attempts and a touchdown, Benke adding 49 yards on the ground and two scores. Carson Class had the receiving touchdown while Adam Surrey led the way in the receiving department with five receptions for 61 yards. Jackson Arnold added four catches for 58 yards.

The Bluebird defense nearly pitched a shutout, North Laurel scoring with 3:58 left in the game. The Jaguars were held to 206 total yards.

Highlands will host Cooper on Nov. 24 in the 5A semifinals. The Bluebirds defeated Cooper in a shootout in their first meeting this season, 58-51 in Union on Sept. 22.

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