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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