Week 1: CovCath holds off Dixie without QB, RB

Wagner, Bir both leave with injuries

By John Lachmann

   CovCath overcame the loss of its starting quarterback and running back to hold off Dixie Heights, 21-13 in the Crosstown Showdown at Dixie Heights on Friday.

   CovCath junior quarterback Adam Wagner left the game with what the team’s radio broadcasters referred to as “an apparent knee injury”, and Wagner was seen on the sidelines on crutches.

   Senior running back Luke Bir also departed with “an apparent shoulder injury”, CovCath’s radio station said, stating that he was in a brace on the sideline.

   Wagner was 8-for-9 for 85 yards and two touchdowns before being forced out of the game. CovCath senior defensive back Matthew Way intercepted three passes, including one on the final play of the game.

   Dixie Heights had first and goal at the CovCath 5 yard line with time running down.

   CovCath senior Sam Dressman rushed for 90 yards on 17 carries, including a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter that extended his team’s lead to eight.

   Dixie Heights was led by junior quarterback Drew Moore, who rushed 13 times for 75 and completed 14 of 33 passes for 226 yards and one score.

COVCATH 7-7-0-7—21
at DIXIE 0-0-13-0—13
CC-Hatter 28 pass from Wagner (Litzler kick)
CC-Braun 8 pass from Wagner (Litzler kick)
DH-Bonn 5 blocked punt return (Schulte kick)
DH-Risch 78 pass from Moore (kick failed)
CC-Dressman 1 run (Litzler kick)
RECORDS: CovCath 2-0, Dixie Heights 0-1.

   BEECHWOOD 20, LIMA (Ohio) SENIOR 14 – Senior wide receiver Jalen Hayden caught a 50-yard bomb with 8:40 left in regulation to put the Tigers ahead for good.

   Lima Senior never got past midfield in the closing minutes. The Spartans fumbled a punt return at their own 10, which was recovered by Beechwood, sealing the game.

   Sophomore running back Ethan Stringer scored the Tigers’ first touchdown on an 89-yard kickoff return after Lima Senior had taken the lead.

   Stringer caught a 48-yard TD in the third quarter to put Beechwood ahead, but the Spartans tied it later in the stanza.

   Sophomore quarterback Kyle Fieger completed just 5 of 20 passes for the Tigers, but he threw for 105 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

   Hayden caught two passes for 57 yards, and Stringer finished with two receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown, 12 carries for 58 yards and the TD on the kickoff return.

   Lima Senior outgained the Tigers by a 2-to-1 margin, 353-176, and held Beechwood to just 71 ground yards.

LIMA SENIOR 0-7-7-0—14
at BEECHWOOD 0-7-7-6—20
LS-Liles 3 run (Meyer kick)
B-Stringer 89 kickoff return (Sletto kick)
B-Stringer 48 pass from Fieger (Sletto kick)
LS-M. Graham 35 pass from J. Graham (Meyer kick)
B-Hayden 50 pass from Fieger (pass failed)
RECORDS: Beechwood 1-0, Lima Senior 0-1.

   COOPER 31, NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC 22 – The Jaguars won despite losing six fumbles.

   Senior Will Ludwig completed 17 of 29 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns, with all of his TD throws coming in the second half.

   Cooper senior running back Avery Bricking rushed 17 times for 123 yards and one score, and senior wide receiver Corey Fussinger caught six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

   Throroughbreds senior quarter Mac Franzen went 8-for-15 for 135 yards, one TD and a two-point conversion pass.

   Senior Mike Runyon caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter to give NewCath the early lead, and after the Jaguars tied it in the second quarter, Thoroughbreds junior defensive lineman Jacob Wieland recovered a fumble in the end zone to make it 14-7.

   But Cooper ran off 24 straight points to take control of the game.

COOPER 0-10-14-7—31
NEWCATH 7-7-0-8—22
NCC-Runyon 11 pass from Franzen (Caudill kick)
C-Bricking 45 run (Turner kick)
NCC-Wieland fumble recovery in end zone (Caudill kick)
C-Turner FG 25
C-Fussinger 9 pass from Ludwig (Turner kick)
C-Morgan 3 pass from Ludwig (Turner kick)
C-Kissel 21 pass from Ludwig (Turner kick)
NCC-Sutkamp 2 run (Donnelly pass from Franzen)
RECORDS: Cooper 1-1, NewCath 1-1.  

   HIGHLANDS 50, CAMPBELL COUNTY 9 – Senior quarterback Drew Houliston finished 18-of-26 passing for 318 yards and five touchdowns to pace the Bluebirds.

   Through two games, Houliston is 41 for 55 for 691 yards and nine TDs.

   Senior Zach Harris scored the first four Highlands touchdowns, with the first two coming on shovel passes and the next two on runs. He ran 10 times for 72 yards and caught three passes for 90 yards.

   Junior wide receiver Alex Veneman also had three receptions, finishing with 95 receiving yards and one score for the Bluebirds, who are averaging 48.5 points through two games despite having yet to scoring in the first quarter.

CAMPBELL CO. 0-0-0-8—8
at HIGHLANDS 0-22-14-14—50
H-Harris 48 pass from Houliston (Dougherty kick)
H-Harris 35 pass from Houliston (Dougherty kick)
H-Harris 7 run (Greene run)
H-Harris 8 run (Dougherty kick)
H-Veneman 75 pass from Houliston (Dougherty kick)
H-J. Hayes 14 pass from Houliston (Dougherty kick)
CC-Hess 55 pass from Wood (Carroll pass from Wood)
H-Kendall 92 kickoff

return (Dougherty kick)
RECORDS: Highlands 2-0, Campbell County 1-1.

   WALTON-VERONA 48, NEWPORT 13 – Senior running back Chris Latimore rushed for three touchdowns and caught a TD pass for the Bearcats.

   Junior fullback Mason Compton added two rushing touchdowns for Walton-Verona, which rolled up 329 yards of offense in the first half.

NEWPORT 7-0-0-6—13
at W.-VERONA 20-21-7-0—48
WV-Compton 28 run (Hoffa kick)
N-Mullins 1 run (Franco kick)
WV-C. Latimore 38 run (Hoffa kick)
WV-C. Latimore 6 run (kick failed)
WV-Compton 5 run (Hoffa kick)
WV-C. Latimore 19 pass from Kline (Hoffa kick)
WV-Burt 32 pass from Kline (Hoffa kick)
WV-C. Latimore 65 run (Hoffa kick)
N-Bolton 15 run (kick blocked)
RECORDS: Walton-Verona 2-0, Newport 0-2.

   SIMON KENTON 48, HOLY CROSS 0 – Senior quarterback Brenan Kuntz completed 10 of 12 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Pioneers.

   Senior wide receiver Grant Wassom caught three of those passes for 52 yards and two TDs.

   Senior running back Travis Bryson also scored twice, rushing three times for 52 yards, and freshman Cameron Racke ran the ball five times for a team-high 61 yards and one touchdown.

   Defensively, Simon Kenton senior Matt King recorded three sacks in the first half to help preserve the shutout.

HOLY CROSS 0-0-0-0—0
at S. KENTON 20-20-2-6—48
SK-Wassom 13 pass from Kuntz (kick failed)
SK-Powell 1 run (Smith kick)
SK-Gowen fumble recovery in end zone (Smith kick)
SK-Wassom 30 pass from Kuntz (Smith kick)
SK-Bryson 33 run (kick blocked)
SK-Bryson 10 run (Smith kick)
SK-Safety: Punt blocked out of end zone
SK-Racke 9 run (time expired)
RECORDS: Simon Kenton 2-0, Holy Cross 0-2.

   BRACKEN COUNTY 18, LUDLOW 14 – The Panthers had first and goal from the Polar Bears’ 4 with four minutes left but failed to score the go-ahead touchdown.

   Junior Logan Doane caught Ludlow’s first touchdown in the first quarter. The Panthers fell behind, 18-6 early in the fourth quarter, but senior Zach Cole ran back the kickoff to make it a four-point game.

   Ludlow got the ball back in the final minute but threw a couple of unsuccessful long passes.

LUDLOW 6-0-0-8—14
at BRACKEN 6-6-0-6—18
RECORDS: Bracken County 1-1, Ludlow 0-2.

   SCOTT COUNTY 56, RYLE 14 – Senior wide receiver Ryan Hill caught four passes for 123 yards and both of the Raiders’ touchdowns.

   Scott Daniels led Scott County with six receptions for 111 yards and four TDs, and he ran a punt back 55 yards for a fifth score.

RYLE 0-0-0-14—14
at SCOTT CO. 7-0-28-21—56
SC-Guy 1 run (Ward kick)
SC-Daniels 55 punt return (Ward kick)
SC-Daniels 36 pass from McKee (Ward kick)
SC-Daniels 9 pass from McKee (Ward kick)
SC-Price 21 run (Ward kick)
R-Hill 32 pass from Brandt (Bouvin kick)
SC-Daniels 52 pass from McKee (Ward kick)
SC-Daniels 5 pass from McKee (Ward kick)
R-Hill 67 pass from Brandt (Bouvin kick)
SC-Smith 64 run (Ward kick)
RECORDS: Scott County 2-0, Ryle 1-1.

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