FORT THOMAS, Ky. – Highlands High School’s football team gained some national respect Saturday afternoon with a one-sided home win over a high school powerhouse from Jacksonville, Fla.
The Northern Kentucky preps football powerhouse scored 47 unanswered points to earn the 47-17 victory over University Christian High School, the defending Florida Class 2A state champion. The 3:30 p.m. game was televised on ESPNU.
The Bluebirds fell behind 10-0 early in the contest before shutting down the Christians for most of the contest. University Christian tacked on a touchdown late in the contest to cut in the sizable deficit.
The game between the Highlands and University Christian is part of a weekend series aired by the sports network from Aug. 23-25 celebrating the start of the high school football season, according to ESPN.
Both the Bluebirds and the Christians are defending state champions in their respective divisions coming into the 2013-2014 season.
University Christian has seven football state championships
Highlands has 22 state championships and 12 undefeated seasons. They won their sixth straight state title in November 2012.
The Bluebirds will face Campbell County on Friday at 7 p.m.
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Junior right-hander Hayden Molitor tossed his first shutout of the season and scored the game’s lone run in Lloyd’s win over Holy Cross.
Sophomore right-hander Abby Jones threw a three-inning perfect game as Notre Dame shut out Holmes.
Seniors Casey Garnett and Jacob Eberhard won the deciding match at first doubles as Conner edged Ryle.
Junior left-hander Jalen Neace threw his first career no-hitter as Holmes blanked Newport.
Newport Central Catholic scored twice in the top of the fifth inning and held on to edge Dixie Heights.
Freshman Anthony Bosch rallied from a break down to win the second set in a tiebreaker as Covington Catholic shut out Conner in the NKAC…
Sophomore Haley Moloney and junior Jillian Russell pulled out a win at first doubles as Campbell County edged Dixie Heights.
After giving up five runs in the top of the seventh inning, Conner scored four in the bottom half in a walk-off win.
Junior right-hander Haylee Smith threw her second no-hitter of the season with Notre Dame and she hit a grand slam as the Pandas blanked Holy Cross.
Covington Catholic swept Ryle in an NKAC semifinal on Monday.