Friday NKY football round-up: Highlands, Newport win big; Scott rolls

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Another week of Northern Kentucky high school football is in the books. Here is how it played out:

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Highlands 55, Conner 0

The Bluebirds (5-2) rolled to another lopsided victory opening Class 5A, District 5 action with their first shutout of the season over the Cougars (2-5, 1-1 district).

Highlands outgained Conner, 505-53 in total offense including 302-17 through the air. The Bluebirds limited the Cougars to just three first downs.

Highlands’s Carson Class had five catches and four touchdowns in the Bluebirds’ rout of Conner. Photo by Ed Harper | Provided

The Bluebirds have scored 171 points in their last three games for an average of 57 per game resembling the dominant teams of the past. Junior quarterback Brody Benke completed 15 of 21 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns.

Junior wide receiver Carson Class had five catches for 88 yards and four touchdowns with all-purpose senior back Charlie Noon totaling 119 yards including 78 receiving. Junior running back Cam Giesler rushed for 108 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns for an average of between 15 and 16 yards per carry.

Highlands’s Adam Dunn. Photo by Ed Harper | Provided

The Bluebirds play host to Boone County (3-4, 0-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. Conner travels to Cooper (3-3, 0-1) in a key rivalry game on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Scott 54, Harrison County 35

The Eagles (4-3, 2-0) won their third in a row taking down the Thorobreds (2-5, 0-2) in Class 4A, District 6 action.

Scott outgained Harrison County, 372-309 in total offense including a 348-28 advantage on the ground. The Eagles ran 51 plays averaging between seven and eight yards per play compared to 70 for between four and five per play.

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Scott senior running back Bennie Hill eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing on the year going for 328 yards on 32 carries and six touchdowns for an average of just more than 10 yards per carry including a 76-yard touchdown and junior Dylan Giffen returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. Hill has 1,149 yards rushing on 137 carries and 14 rushing touchdowns this year.

Both teams lost two fumbles. But Scott picked off two Harrison County passes and threw one. Senior Dasani Lane and junior Boomer Klusman had interceptions with senior Ethan Gangwish recovering a fumble. Seniors Nolan Hunter, Logan Bennett and Emmanuell Mills had sacks for the Eagles.

Scott has its bye week on Friday before playing host to Boyd County (4-3, 0-1) on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Newport 44, Bellevue 0

The Wildcats ended their three-game skid with a rout at Bellevue on Friday night. Newport (3-3) plays at Lloyd next week while Bellevue (0-6) will seek its first win of the season when rival Dayton visits.

Newport quarterback Kyle Lee assesses the situation at Bellevue on Friday night. Photo by Alecia Ricker | LINK nky contributor
Bellevue’s Eddie Bivens gets notes on the sidelines. Photo by Alecia Ricker | LINK nky contributor
A dusty pile-up on Friday night as the Newport Wildcats downed the Bellevue Tigers, 44-0. Photo by Alecia Ricker | LINK nky contributor
The Wildcats look to run the ball Friday night. Photo by Alecia Ricker | LINK nky contributor
Newport evened its record Friday night to 3-3 while Bellevue fell to 0-6 on the season. Photo by Alecia Ricker | LINK nky

Beechwood 37, Dixie Heights 14

The Tigers bounced back from last week’s loss to Covington Catholic, which ended the state’s longest winning streak. Class 2A Beechwood took care of its larger Class 6A visitors to improve to 5-1 on the season. Holy Cross visits Ft. Mitchell next week.

Meanwhile, Dixie has lost three straight and is now 2-3 on the year. Simon Kenton visits Edgewood on Thursday.

Mason County 45, Ludlow 14

The Panthers were routed on the road Friday night. Ludlow has lost four straight games and falls to 2-4 on the season. The Panthers host Newport Central Catholic next Thursday.

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Bishop Brossart 17, Nicholas County 15

The Mustangs have won two close games in a row by a combined score of three. Brossart (5-2) claimed the district win on Friday night at Nicholas County and returns home next week to host Bracken County.

St. Xavier 37, Ryle 0

The Raiders’ trip to Louisville ended with a blowout, shutout loss. Ryle (3-3) will look to get back on track when Campbell County visits next week to open district play.

Lloyd 39, Montgomery County 12

The Class 2A Juggernauts took care of their Class 5A visitors on Friday night in Erlanger. Lloyd (4-2) has won three straight games and hosts Newport next week in district play.

Corbin 38, Simon Kenton 35

The Pioneers threatened to hand visiting Corbin its first loss of the season but fell just short. Simon Kenton (3-3) visits Dixie next week for a district game.

Cooper 41, Madison Consolidated (Indiana) 7

The Jaguars evened their record on Friday night with a rout of their visitors from Indiana. Cooper (3-3) has a district match-up next week with a visit from Conner.


Notre Dame wins twice in Asics Challenge

The Pandas (21-3) won their Pool 3 games at Oak Lawn Pavilion in Chicago on Friday. They took down Catholic Memorial (Waukesha, Wisconsin), 2-0 (25-12, 25-18) then New Trier (Illinois), 2-0 (25-14, 25-5).

Notre Dame plays at 11 a.m. eastern on Saturday to continue the challenge. Louisville Assumption and Lexington Henry Clay are the other two Kentucky teams in the challenge.

Scott earns 20th victory

The Eagles (20-7) moved into the Gold Bracket of the Halloween Smash at Lafayette with wins over North Bullitt and John Hardin. The tournament continues Saturday.

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Holy Cross wins twice in JCVIT

The Indians (23-4) won twice in the Jefferson County Volleyball Invitational at the Ohio Valley Volleyball Center against two local teams. They beat Dixie Heights, 2-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-12) and Ryle, 2-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-19).

Holy Cross continues action Saturday facing Louisville Butler at 9 a.m.

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