The “little guys” take the stage this week in Northern Kentucky. The best and most meaningful games in the commonwealth will be played in Class 1A and Class 2A. What makes the whole evening even better is where they are playing and who they are playing. Ludlow is at Dayton, Bellevue hosts Beechwood and Newport and NewCath square off down the street.
All the wonderful little “Pleasantvilles” on the south shore of the Ohio River will put on a rockin’ celebration of what Friday nights in the fall are about in their communities.
Here is a look at this week’s Best Bets:
Beechwood (3-3) @ Bellevue (3-4) – 7 p.m. - Bellevue is averaging 40.2 points per game and can score with anybody. The problem is Bellevue hasn't done a good job closing out its games. Quarterback Tyler Ackerson has thrown for a school-record 1,923 yards and 17 touchdowns. Beechwood has played such a tough schedule that nothing Bellevue throws at them will rattle the red and white.
Dixie Heights (5-1, 1-0) @ Campbell County (3-3, 0-1) – 7 p.m. - A big reason for Dixie Heights' success during its current five-game win streak is defense. The Colonels have allowed no more than seven points the past four weeks and only an average of 10.1 on the season. Campbell County put up a season-high 35 points in last week’s loss to undefeated Simon Kenton. The combined record of the three teams that have beaten the Camels is 18-2.
Walton-Verona (6-1, 2-0) @ Gallatin County (5-2, 2-0) – 7 p.m. - This is a Walton-Verona squad that is hitting on all cylinders right now. The Bearcats have won 12 of their last 13 regular season games. They have lit up the scoreboard for 46.7 points in their past three. Gallatin County’s Nate McCoy has been outstanding, amassing 1,267 all-purpose yards, with 14 total touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Wildcats have lost four straight to Walton-Verona after winning the inaugural contest in 2008.
Newport Central Catholic (2-4, 1-0) @ Newport (2-4, 1-0) – 7 p.m. - This rivalry pits two teams whose schedule and results mirror each other. Newport started 0-4 playing a brutal schedule against teams who are a combined 22-4 on the season. The four teams that NewCath fell to are a combined 17-9. The Thoroughbreds own a 40-18-1 advantage over Newport in this series. The last time the Wildcats beat NCC was 1999. That ended a three year string of victories for the Wildcats over the Thoroughbreds.
Ludlow (2-4) @ Dayton (2-4) – 7 p.m. - Ludlow has a chance to win three games in a row for the first time since 2009. The Panthers will rely on a running game that has picked up steam lately as quarterback Mitchell Cody and tailback Jeremiah Martin have each run for more than 100 yards the past two contests. Dayton could easily be 4-2 had it been able to close out one- and six-point losses to Pendleton County and Bracken County.
Greensburg (4-3, 0-2) @ East Central (3-4, 3-0) – 7 p.m. - This is an evenly matched game between two teams that have victories over the same three EIAC teams this season – South Dearborn, Connersville and Franklin County. East Central is getting healthier and more experienced at the right time.
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Freshman right-hander T.C. Eads threw his first career no-hitter as Ludlow blanked Calvary Christian.
Junior first baseman Rachel Hall singled home two to key a four-run fourth inning as Scott beat Grant County.
Sophomore Nathan Eberhard won in three sets, improving to 7-4 at first singles as Conner beat Boone County.
Junior right-hander Hayden Molitor went the distance to earn his second win of the season as Lloyd edged Ludlow.
Senior right-hander Rachel Carroll tossed a one-hitter as Campbell County blanked Lloyd.
Sophomore Nathan Eberhard battled to a first-singles win as Conner shut out Campbell County, in an NKAC semifinal.
Junior center fielder Blaise Ostertag doubled in two in the bottom of the fourth to lift Conner to a win over Scott.
Freshman center fielder Hailey Nicholas singled up the middle with no outs in the bottom of the eighth to lift Cooper to a win over Campbell County.
Sophomore Sheldon Preisler won his eighth straight match to open the season as Boone County edged Lloyd, 3-2 on Wednesday.
Sophomore Erin Mogus remained perfect through five matches with her win at third singles as Cooper shut out Covington Latin.