Covington Catholic continues their string of tough opponents as they travel to Fort Thomas to take on Highlands on Friday night for their first district game of the season. The Bluebirds are unbeaten so far this year and have lost just three regular season games in the past five seasons. Last year, they beat Cov Cath twice, once in the regular season and again in the postseason. Highlands has appeared in the state championship game for eight straight seasons.
Cov Cath is no slouch either, though. After taking a tough one on the chin at Moeller, the Colonels bounced back nicely with an impressive win over Henderson County. They are fresh, coming off of their bye week, and their quarterback Adam Wagner is second in Northern Kentucky with 12 touchdowns and has thrown only three interceptions in four games.
“We're the best we've been in a couple of years. Kids feel great, we're pretty darn healthy, we got everybody that we need and want and we're feeling pretty good,” head coach Dave Wirth said about the freshness of the bye week.
In their last game, the Colonels ran the ball down the throat of Henderson County, gaining big chunks of easy yardage and wearing down the opposing defense in the process. Though their typical offensive attack has come more through the air this season, their ground assault in the last game showed they can be flexible in their approach.
“We're not so big and bad that when teams load the box that we just say 'hey we're going to pound the ball at you'. We have a good quarterback, we have great wide receivers so when teams do that, we throw the ball.”