KSR'S Kentucky Prep Report 2005, Week Three

KHSAA's third week of football saw the beginning of district play for some teams, but the big games of the weekend were Northern Kentucky's finest taking on the top prep teams Cincinnati has to offer.

KSR's 2nd ranked class 3A Fort Thomas Highlands had posted back to back 35-0 shutouts in the past two games, but that was against Kentucky competition. This time the Bluebirds faced the defending Division I champs in Ohio, the Colerain Cardinals who were stinging from a 7-0 loss the prior week to Cincinnati St. Xavier. Colerain brought a USA Today #13 National ranking into Saturday's contest and played with a vengeance, dispatching Highlands 45-14 Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium in the i-wireless/Fox 19 Prep Classic.

Colerain (2-1) used a power running game and special teams play to race to a 10-0 lead. Cardinals QB Gary Pride shook off last weeks 0-4, three interception performance with a 13 carry, 129 yard game and two rushing touchdowns. Highlands (2-1), while outmanned, appeared to be making a game of it, pulling within 17-14 on a 68 yard touchdown from backup QB Chad Hudepohl to Bluebird TE Ben Guidugli. The Bluebirds starting QB, Chase Cecil only saw a couple of series and was sidelined due to a shoulder injury.

Pride scored a 19 yard touchdown in the final minute of the half to give the Cardinals a 24-14 lead at the intermission. Colerain turned up the wick in the third quarter with over 115 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the final margin. Next week Highlands steps up in class and travels to top ranked 4A St. Xavier in Louisville Friday Night.

KSR's top ranked 3A Covington Catholic took on Cincinnati Moeller at the i-wireless/Fox 19 Prep Classic. Moeller, ranked number 2 in the Cincinnati.com/preps poll used a stifling defense to shut down CovCath 16-6.

The Crusaders (2-0) sacked CovCath QB Drew Ellison 11 times and held the Colonels (2-1) to 125 yards of offense for the game. 73 of CovCath's yards came on a second quarter drive that yielded the only touchdown the Colonels would get the entire afternoon. Martez Williams led Moeller with 126 yards on 26 carriers and had both Crusader touchdowns. Covington Catholic steps down in class next week to take on Newport Central Catholic, KSR's top ranked team in class 1A.

In 4A games:

Trinity knocked its way back into the Super 16 by edging Manual in a thriller 38-34 at Manual Stadium Friday Night. This game was a see-saw affair that saw a myriad of Shamrock miscues. Trinity (1-1) carried a 24-14 lead into the locker room with good offensive balance. The third quarter saw the Crimsons (2-1) reel off 14 points on the running of JaVeare White. In the fourth quarter, Trinity added to its own problems when Nick Petrino threw a pick six to Marcus Board for a 34-24 Manual lead. Petrino redeemed himself, scoring on a 14 yard scamper to being the Rocks with three points, 31-28. On the next Shamrock possession, Petrino hit Steve Orndorff on a deep route for a 72 yard game winning touchdown. Next week Manual travels to Bowling Green to take on Warren Central. Trinity travels to Buckner to play the Oldham County Colonels.

KSR's top ranked 4A St. X Tigers took the measure of KJ Black and the homestanding Fern Creek Tigers 44-13. X used a stifling defense for a 17-7 lead at half. Victor Anderson led St. X (3-0) with 106 yards on 14 carries as the X running game gained over 280 yards.

KJ Black led Fern Creek (1-1) on 16 of 30 passing for 236 yards and one touchdown. Next week Fern Creek will make a trip up I-71 to take on Conner. St. X hosts the Highlands Bluebirds.

Male shook off the rust from last week's monsoon win over Hopkinsville and posted a 48-0 shutout over the Seneca Redhawks. Douglas Beaumont led the Bulldogs with two rushing touchdowns. Male (3-0) will host the Ballard Bruins Friday Night. Seneca has an open date.

Henderson County opened it's district title defense with a 51-13 romp over visiting Daviess County. UK verbal Will Fidler used a host of Colonel skill position players to score. Fidler had touchdown passes of 51 and 42 yards to Chris LaMar, and 13 and 34 yard touchdown passes to Jesse Gilliham. Fidler also connected on a 19 yard touchdown pass to Jamaal Cosby. Friday Night Henderson County (3-0) will go to Paducah to take on the Tilghman Tornadoes. Daviess County (1-2) hosts cross-town rival Owensboro Catholic.

Henry Clay is making a strong push at the number 4 spot in the 4A, just barely behind the Trinity Shamrocks.

In 3A games:

Bowling Green held off the Dragons of Warren Central 14-6 in a defensive struggle. The Purples (2-1) relied on the two-pronged running tandem of Avery Hibbett and Chris Reynolds who combined for 153 yards on 28 carries. Next week Warren Central plays host to DuPont Manual. The Purples will be the guest of the Greenwood Gators.

Boyle County got back on track by smacking cross-town nemesis Danville 28-13 in Title Town Friday Night. The Rebels (2-1) rebounded from last weeks thrashing at the hands of Lexington Henry Clay with a high flying passing attack that saw Grant Tamme toss 4 touchdown passes, three of them to Seth Tamme on 48, 57 and 59 yard tosses. The Rebels skill position talent was too much for the Admirals (2-1) to overcome. There is no rest for either team next weekend as the Rebels host class 4A Lexington Lafayette and Danville goes to Pulaski County to take on undefeated Somerset.

Lexington Catholic (1-1) had an open date and will travel to Scott County Friday night.

There is also some shifting in the 3A portion of the Super 16 this week with the losses by Highlands and Covington Catholic.

In 2A games:

Fort Campbell continues to roll, blasting Madisonville-North Hopkins 54-7 in Madisonville Friday Night. Using its power running game and defensive speed, the Falcons posted a 34-0 lead at the intermission and cruised to the victory. Micah Johnson scored four rushing touchdowns. He had 104 yards on 10 carries. The Falcons (3-0) also got defensive touchdowns from Leonard Gordon who picked six on a 20 yard return and Orlando Misaalefua who also had a pick six for 43 yards. The Maroons prevented a shutout by scoring on a 1 yard run by Caleb Nelson to round out the scoring. Fort Campbell is idle next weekend and Madisonville (0-3) takes on Ohio County.

Russell rode the back of Kasey Clark for two touchdowns and 115 rushing yards to beat Ashland Blazer 21-13. The Red Devils (2-0) go to Boyd County next Friday. Blazer (1-1) hosts West HS from Portsmouth, OH.

Glasgow went up a class to 3A Allen County-Scottsville for a 47-25 victory. The Scotties (3-0) will bounce down to class A to host undefeated Bardstown Friday night.

Philip Haywood's Belfry Pirates hosted 3A Lawrence County and came away with a 14-13 win. A rebuilding Pirate team held off Lawrence County on a 2-point conversion late in the game to seal the victory. Belfry (1-1) will go to East Ridge while Lawrence County (1-2) will host Pike County Central.

In Class 1A games:

Newport Central Catholic held serve in class 1A with a victory over 4A host Ryle. The T-breds (3-0) got great play from QB Same Diehl who had two touchdown passes and a 22 yard rushing touchdown. The game was nip and tuck until Brandon Kohrs ran a pick six 59 yards to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. Next week NewCath has a toughy against a very upset and determined Covington Catholic team from class 3A.

Beechwood's Tigers took the measure of Lloyd Memorial 42-13. Beechwood used a power running attack to amass over 330 yards. Eric Sawyer had a 91 yard kick return for a touchdown, and three more rushing touchdowns. The Tigers (2-0) host Alter HS from Kettering, OH. Lloyd Memorial (1-2) goes to Dixie Heights.

Living outside of class 1A finally caught up with Louisville's Holy Cross Cougars, who were blasted by the class 2A Desales Colts 32-12. Holy Cross (2-1) has another tough game next weekend hosting Providence HS from Clarksville, IN. The Colts (2-1) have an open date.

Class 1A has some shakeups in the Super 16 this week with Bardstown sneaking in at #3 on a strong 42-0 shutout of 4A Nelson County and Lexington Christian Academy is nipping on Danville's heels for the #4 spot

The KSR Super 16 for week three.

Class 4A

1. St. Xavier Tigers
2. Male Bulldogs
3. Henderson County Colonels
4. Trinity Shamrocks

Class 3A

1. Bowling Green Purples
2. Covington Catholic Colonels
3. Lexington Catholic Knights
4. South Oldham Dragons

Class 2A

1. Fort Campbell Falcons
2. Russell Red Devils
3. Glasgow Scotties
4. Belfry Pirates

Class 1A

1. Newport Central Catholic T-breds
2. Beechwood Tigers
3. Bardstown Tigers
4. Danville Admirals

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