COVINGTON, Ky. – Ben Nevels began his varsity head coaching career at Holmes with a blowout win over city rival Holy Cross, but in the first quarter it didn’t appear his first victory was going to come easily.
After the Indians scored the first touchdown of the game, the Bulldogs reeled off 42 consecutive points in a 48-14 win at Tom Ellis Field on Friday.
The Indians opened the scoring when senior running back Jalen Beal capped off a 99-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown catch from sophomore quarterback Hamilton Scott.
Beal was the star for Holy Cross, finishing with 104 yards rushing and another 62 yards receiving. The Indians were competitive for much of the first quarter, as they stopped Holmes (1-0) senior running back Jonathon Scruggs on the 1 yard line on fourth down, setting up their scoring drive.
Scruggs wouldn’t be stopped many times again however, as he finished the game with 278 total yards to go along with three scores. Scruggs was even utilized as a punter on the rare occasion the Bulldogs were forced to give up possession, booting the ball 47 yards.
One of his biggest plays was when Scruggs caught a screen pass from sophomore quarterback Desean Brumfield. He scampered 63 yards to the end zone, with most of that yardage coming after the clock had expired for the first half.
Brumfield only completed five passes on the evening, but four of those went for scores, and he added another touchdown on the ground. Brumfield’s throwing chances were limited in the second half, as Nevels kept the ball on the ground as Holmes’ lead mounting.
The Bulldogs had an edge in roster size overall, including on the line of scrimmage, and the smaller Holy Cross club wore down as the game progresses, unable to match Holmes’ bulk.
Up next for the Indians is another bigger school, Simon Kenton, which won its first game 23-21 on a late field goal. The Bulldogs will travel to Scott, which beat West Jessamine, 21-20 in its season opener.