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Covington Catholic wins the Kentucky 5A state football championship

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Posted at 11:08 PM, Dec 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-07 23:32:39-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Perfection.

The Covington Catholic football team captured the Class 5A Kentucky state championship Saturday night with a 14-7 win over Frederick Douglass High School at University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field.

The victory completed an undefeated season for the Colonels (15-0). CovCath has a 44-1 record over the past three seasons.

It was also redemption for CovCath after it was the 5A state runner-up in 2018.

CovCath went ahead 7-0 late in the first quarter Saturday night when sophomore Owen Nally scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to complete a 16-play, 69-yard drive for the Colonels.

Sophomore quarterback Caleb Jacob scored on a 1-yard touchdown run at the 1:39 mark of the third quarter to give the Colonels a 14-0 lead.

Frederick Douglass scored with 9:11 left in the fourth quarter.

CovCath senior tight end Michael Mayer, named the Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year this week, had five receptions for 68 yards including a 37-yard reception. The Notre Dame commit also had a game-high nine tackles.

Junior Daniel Felix added eight tackles while junior Jack Raisbeck had seven. CovCath was 2 of 2 on fourth down conversions.

CovCath has also won state football titles in 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2006 and 2017.

This year's CovCath team only gave up more than nine points once this season when it defeated visiting Lexington Catholic 39-38 Sept. 6. CovCath had six shutouts this season.

Saturday night was the third time the Colonels only gave up seven points this season. The Colonels defeated visiting La Salle 27-7 Oct. 11 and defeated host Conner 45-7 Oct. 25. La Salle won the Ohio Division II state title Dec. 5 in Canton.