CovCath claims lead early and keeps it in beating Kings

KINGS MILL - Ohio - Covington Catholic came to northern Cincinnati and left with a 35-14 win over Kings on Friday.

The Colonels remained undefeated thanks largely to the impressive efforts of their defense. The Colonels jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter after senior quarterback A.J. Mayer threw his second touchdown in the game.

Kings drove the ball down the field and junior Jake Stylski ran in for a 2-yard score to narrow the deficit to 14-7, but before the half, Covington Catholic scored again when Mayer found the endzone on a 1-yard run and drove in a 21-7 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, junior receiver Jacob Elam caught an 11-yard pass in the endzone from junior Ashton Koller to make it only a 7-point differential, but Covington Catholic was, again, just too much for the Knights. The Colonels scored two unanswered touchdowns by junior running back Casey McGinness, and Mayer found senior Luke Lenihan on a 45-yard touchdown pass for his third passing touchdown in the game, extending the score 35-14.

Mayer threw for 262 yards to go with his three passing touchdowns and one on the ground. In the first four games, Mayer has thrown for at least two touchdowns.

McGinness led the Colonels with 94 yards on 19 carries. Junior Jack Coldiron had five receptions for 84 yards and a score. The Colonels gained 428 yards against the Kings defense.

The Kings managed to have success in the running game as the team combined for 146 yards. Junior Nak’emon Williams led the team with 16 carries for 53 yards. Koller was second on the team with 43 yards.

This was the Knights' second straight loss after defeating Lebanon in Week One. The defense has allowed at least 30 points in each of their games. They finished non-conference play with a 1-2 record and will start conference play next Friday at Anderson. The undefeated Redskins, who allowed just three points in their last two games, are off to one of their best starts in years.

Covington Catholic will look to continue its winning streak when the team travels to Beechwood for their second straight road contest.

RECORDS: Covington Catholic (4-0), Kings (1-2)

UP NEXT: Covington Catholic at Beechwood (3-0); Kings at Anderson (3-0)

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