By Dan Wright
Senior quarterback Charlie Mullins found senior tight end Daryl Youngman for a 10-yard touchdown on Newport’s first offensive play in overtime, then connected with senior receiver Jayshawn Stanley for the game-winning two-point conversion as the Wildcats knocked off Holy Cross, 37-36, Friday night.
Holy Cross had taken the lead on the second play of overtime when sophomore quarterback Hamilton Scott scored on a 10-yard run and kicked an extra point to put the Indians ahead, 36-29.
Scott had also scored on a 1-yard run to tie the score with 9:34 remaining in the fourth quarter, but both teams missed chances to take the lead in regulation after that.
Newport recovered a Holy Cross fumble after the Indians had driven to the Wildcats 26 yard line and Holy Cross recovered a fumble at their own 2 with 28 seconds remaining in regulation.
Senior running back Jalen Beal ran 24 times for 282 yards for Holy Cross, but left the game after appearing to be injured on a two-point conversion attempt following his third touchdown of the game in the third quarter.
Freshman Xavier Abernathy filled in for Beal, rushing 17 times for 117 yards as Holy Cross piled up 424 yards on the ground.
Mullins helped the Wildcats keep pace, completing seven of 12 passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns, also rushing seven times for 48 yards and two scores.
Paul Price added 75 yards on two carries, including a 73-yard touchdown run that gave Newport its largest lead of the game at seven points, 29-22, with a minute left in the third quarter.
at HOLY CROSS 7-3-12-7-7—36
H-Beal 47 run (Scott kick)
H-Scott FG 28
N-Mullins 37 run (Franco kick)
N-Stanley 23 pass from Mullins (Franco kick)
H-Beal 52 run (run failed)
N-Mullins 1 run (Franco kick)
H-Beal 13 run (run failed)
N-Price 73 run (Lynam pass from Mullins)
H-Scott 1 run (Scott kick)
H-Scott 10 run (Scott kick)
N-Youngman 10 pass from Mullins (Stanley pass from Mullins)
RECORDS: Newport 3-5, 2-1 Class 2A; Holy Cross 1-7 Class 1-2.
CONNER 53, GRANT COUNTY 6 – Senior quarterback Drew Barker threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more, becoming only the second player in Kentucky High School history to have 50 touchdowns rushing and 50 touchdowns receiving in a career.
In all, Barker completed 16 of 19 passes for 341 yards and ran six times for 53 yards while only playing the first half.
The Cougars outgained the Braves, 556 yards to 163, in the game.
GRANT CO. 0-0-6-0—6
at CONNER 20-26-0-7—53
C-Barker 2 run (Buck kick)
C-Barker 15 run (Buck kick)
C-Postel 64 pass from Barker (kick failed)
C-McKeehan 33 pass from Barker (Buck kick)
C-Romey 5 run (Buck kick)
C-Ebarb 49 pass from Barker (kick failed)
C-McKeehan 25 pass from Barker (kick blocked)
GC-Vaughn 26 pass from Knipp (kick failed)
C-Arnold 1 run (Buck kick)
RECORDS: Conner 6-2, 2-1 Class 5A; Grant County 1-7, 0-3.
BELLEVUE 54, LUDLOW 20 – Senior quarterback Tyler Ackerson threw for 277 yards to set the school record for career passing yards one week after breaking the school mark for completions.
Ackerson completed 15 of 30 passes with two touchdowns, ran for another touchdown, and connected with his cousin, Nick Ackerson, for a pair of two-point conversions.
Senior running back Dylan Huff added four rushing touchdowns, carrying the ball 10 times for 173 yards.
Junior Blake Stephenson had eight catches for 129 yards, hauling in one of Ackerson’s two touchdowns.
The Tigers defense limited Ludlow to 54 yards of offense, in part due to 13 sacks that caused the Panthers to finish with minus-23 rushing yards.
Bellevue gained 587 yards in the game.
at LUDLOW 6-6-8-0—20
B-Huff 34 run (pass failed)
B-Huff 23 run (Hazeres run)
L-Martin 91 kick return (pass failed)
L-Cody 1 run (pass failed)
B-Huff 5 run (run failed)
B-T. Ackerson 4 run (N. Ackerson pass from T. Ackerson)
B-Poinsett 55 pass from T. Ackerson (pass failed)
L-Cole 47 pass from Cody (Martin pass from Cody)
B-Huff 76 run (N. Ackerson pass from T. Ackerson)
B-Stephenson 53 pass from T. Ackerson (kick blocked)
B-T. Ackerson 2 run (kick blocked)
RECORDS: Bellevue 4-5, 1-1 Class A; Ludlow 3-5, 1-1.
LLOYD 41, PENDLETON COUNTY 14 – Junior quarterback Hayden Molitor accounted for 200 yards of offense and four second-quarter touchdowns for the Juggernauts.
Molitor completed seven-of-14 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns, also rushing for 59 yards and a score.
Senior running back Jared Gabbard caught one touchdown from Molitor and ran for Lloyd’s other score in its 35-point second quarter. Gabbard finished with 81 rushing yards on 15 carries.
PENDLETON CO. 6-0-0-8—14
at LLOYD 0-35-6-0—41
PC-Lea 2 run (kick failed)
L-Gabbard 4 run (Gutierrez kick)
L-Riddle 18 pass from Molitor (Grant run)
L-Molitor 33 run (pass failed)
59 pass from Molitor (Gutierrez kick)
L-Gabbard 29 pass from Molitor (Gutierrez kick)
L-Durham 28 run (kick blocked)
PC-Lea 11 run (Lea run)
RECORDS: Lloyd 6-3; Pendleton County 3-5.
CAMPBELL COUNTY 40, RYLE 7 – Senior quarterback Avery Wood ran for 120 yards and a touchdown and passed for 85 yards and another score for the Camels.
Senior running back Brandon Morris ran for two scores, including one that gave Campbell County a 19-0, first quarter lead.
CAMPBELL CO. 19-7-0-14—40
at RYLE 0-0-0-7—7
CC-Howard 1 run (kick failed)
CC-Zabonick 3 pass from Wood (Knaley kick)
CC-Morris 4 run (kick failed)
CC-Wood 1 run (Knaley kick)
R-McGregor 13 run (Boulden kick)
CC-Morris 27 run (Knaley kick)
CC-#18 45 fumble return (Knaley kick)
RECORDS: Campbell County 5-3, 2-1 Class 6A; Ryle 2-7, 1-2.
WALTON-VERONA 48, TRIMBLE COUNTY 16 – Senior Chris Latimore scored three times in nine carries, rushing for 150 yards in the Bearcats blowout victory.
Walton-Verona outgained the Raiders, 434 yards to 261, in the game, and built a 48-0 lead in the third quarter before Trimble County scored the game’s final two touchdowns.
TRIMBLE COUNTY 0-0-8-8—16
at WALTON-VERONA 21-20-7-0—48
WV-Latimore 51 run (Hoffa kick)
WV-Compton 13 run (Hoffa kick)
WV-Smith 18 run (Hoffa kick)
WV-Latimore 16 run (Hoffa kick)
WV-Latimore 23 run (pass failed)
WV-Smith 8 run (Hoffa kick)
WV-Page 10 run (Hoffa kick)
TC-Payton 20 pass from Taylor (Payton pass from Taylor)
TC-Hawkes 15 run (Taylor run)
RECORDS: Walton-Verona 7-2, 3-1 Class 2A; Trimble County 0-8, 0-3.
BEECHWOOD 56, DAYTON 0 – Sophomore running back Ethan Stringer ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter to lead the Tigers.
Sophomore quarterback Kyle Fieger completed five of eight passes for 104 yards and one touchdown in the first half.
Beechwood also scored on a pair on interception returns in the second quarter, one by senior defensive back Max Shover and the other by sophomore defensive back Brayden Combs.
at BEECHWOOD 21-21-7-7—56
B-Stringer 82 run (Sletto kick), 7:10
B-Everett 19 pass from Fieger (Sletto kick), 4:46
B-Stringer 2 run (Sletto kick), 1:30-1
B-Shover 61 interception return (Sletto kick), 8:51-2
B-Studer 4 run (Sletto kick), 5:20-2
B-Combs 23 interception return (Sletto kick), 5:05-2
B-C. Erdman 11 run (Sletto kick), 8:43-3
B-Kinman 29 run (Sletto kick), 7:38-4? (56-0)
RECORDS: Beechwood 5-3, 2-0 Class A; Dayton 2-6, 0-2.
HIGHLANDS 71, HOLMES 14 – Senior quarterback Drew Houliston threw for 320 yards and five touchdowns in one half of work for the Bluebirds as Highlands surpassed the 70-point mark for the second straight game.
Houliston, who also ran for a 7-yard touchdown, completed 18 of 23 passes and now has 33 touchdowns to just one interception on the season.
Senior receiver Evan Allen caught five passes for 106 yards and ran 43 yards with his only carry of the game. Junior Alex Veneman had two catches for 96 yards, both going for touchdowns.
Highlands rolled up 450 yards of offense in all while holding Holmes to 98 yards.
The Bulldogs, who played without leading rusher Jonathan Scruggs, also turned the ball over five times.
at HIGHLANDS 29-28-7-7—71
Hi-Harris 8 pass from Houliston (Dougherty kick)
Hi-Harris 30 run (Brockett pass from Houliston)
Hi-Hoge 14 pass from Houliston Dougherty kick)
Hi-Houliston 7 run (Dougherty kick)
Hi-Veneman 84 pass from Houliston (Dougherty kick)
Hi-Veneman 12 pass from Houliston (Dougherty kick)
Hi-Kruse 20 interception return (Dougherty kick)
Hi-Allen 44 pass from Houliston (Dougherty kick)
Ho-Garvey 16 pass from Brumfield (Gullett kick)
Hi-A. Hergott 44 run (Dougherty kick)
Ho-Wardlaw 45 pass from Brumfield (Gullett kick)
Hi-Coughlan 12 pass from A. Hergott (Dougherty kick)
RECORDS: Highlands 8-0, 3-0 Class 4A; Holmes 5-3, 1-1 Class 4A.
COVINGTON CATHOLIC 42, HARRISON COUNTY 6 – The Colonels rolled up over 600 yards of offense to win by 36.
Brothers Ben and Sam Dressman accounted for three touchdowns each, with Ben, a sophomore, throwing for three and Sam, a senior, rushing for two touchdowns and catching one.
COVINGTON CATHOLIC 7-14-21-0—42
at HARRISON COUNTY 0-6-0-0—6
Scoring summary not available
Records: Covington Catholic 6-2, 1-1 Class 4A; Harrison County 2-7, 0-3.