Northern Kentucky was 2 of 4 this past weekend in winning the State Football Championships. Beechwood wins its 11th State Championship while Highlands wins its 18th.
Beechwood defeated Hazard 14-7 to win the Class 1A Championship. Beechwood scored all their points in the first half. Matt Rigdon started the scoring in the first quarter with a 6-yd touchdown run, then Rigdown capped off the half with a very important 3-yd pass to Nieco Teipel with only three seconds remaining. Hazard's only touchdown came in the fourth quarter.
NewCath found themselves down 13-0 in the third quarter before their defense started to put them back into the game. With 7:22 to go in the third, Ben Parr returned a fumble for 39 yards and a touchdown. On Fort Campbell's next possession, Chris Kelly intercepted a pass on their opponent's 5-yard line. Rob Kues then followed that up with a 10-yard scamper into the end zone and tying the game at 13.
NewCath would then take the lead in the fourth quarter as Ben Parr scored on a 37-yard run. The Falcons followed with their own touchdown to tie the game once again at 20. With 3:30 remaining Chris Grosser kicked a 35-yard field goal to give the Breds a 23-20 lead, but with 1:44 left, Fort Campbell scored on a 59-yard halfback pass. The Falcons missed the extra point leaving the door open for the Breds to at least kick a field goal for a tie and a chance at overtime. But the Breds were shut down and Fort Campbell wins their 2nd consecutive State title over NewCath 26-23.
The final score was 35-15 but this game was much closer than final shows. Christian County gave Highlands a good fight until the fourth quarter where the Bluebirds scored the last 14 points of the game.
Christian County was the first team to score but Highlands answered with a 7-yard run by Clint Craword making the first quarter score 7-6 Highlands. In the second quarter, the Colonels scored on a field goal while the Bluebirds scored another touchdown followed by a 2-point conversion making the halftime score 15-9.
In the second half, Christian County managed one more touchdown, but Highlands would score on touchdown runs of 15 (Josh Connor), 50 (Tony Guidugli), and 11 (Clint Crawford) giving Highlands a 35-15 win over Christian County and back-to-back State Titles.
Simon Kenton was a huge underdog in this game and the score showed it. Trinity was leading at halftime 41-0 and scored on their first six possessions. The final score was 48-0.
Congratulations to all four NKY teams for a very successful season!
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