Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bluebird Football: Emptying the Notebook

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior running back Nick Kendall (8 and Jared Dougherty (10) celebrate after a touchdown Friday. The Bluebirds moved to 1-1 on the season with a 38-15 win over Campbell County.
Jim Abner can relate to the struggles of taking over the starting quarterback role as a senior like Austin Hergott is doing this year.

Abner took over that important role in 1981. His first start came against the two-time defending Class 3A state champion Franklin-Simpson Wildcats. Abner threw a combined seven interceptions in the 7-0 win over Franklin-Simpson and the 32-0 shutout of Dayton to open the season.


But he did not throw any the rest of the season as the Bluebirds finished 13-2 and captured the 3A championship with a 40-24 win over Elizabethtown. The two Highlands losses that year came to Covington Catholic and Campbell County.

Hergott may have had his doubters after the first week. In the season-opening 37-13 loss at Cooper, Hergott completed 11-of-27 passes for 169 yards and three interceptions. But he came back to complete 8-of-14 passes for 111 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions in the win over Campbell County on Friday.

The Bluebirds did not throw as much against Campbell County because the running game worked so well. Highlands ran for 313 yards in the 38-15 win over the Camels.

Injury Update:

The Bluebirds lost three seniors to torn Anterior Cruciated Ligaments last year in Andrew Abner, Josh Watson and Jack Telek. But the Bluebirds rallied around them and won the Class 4A state championship with a 13-2 record.

Highlands lost senior linebacker Joe Dressman for the season in the second quarter against Campbell County. Dressman tore his ACL and his Lateral Collateral Ligament on the outer side of his right knee.

But Bluebird senior offensive lineman Elijah Cox-Miller hopes to be back in the next game. Cox-Miller suffered a concussion in the scrimmage against Cincinnati St. Xavier.

Class 5A, District 5 Update:

Covington Catholic fell to 0-2 with a 57-7 loss to Cincinnati St. Xavier on Friday. The Colonels face Cincinnati Sycamore across the river next Friday before traveling to Lexington Catholic.

Many wondered what Dixie Heights would do after finishing Class 6A runner-up last year. The Colonels opened the season with a 36-7 home loss to Kenton County rival Scott. Dixie Heights goes to Milford (Ohio) on Friday.

Grant County moved to 2-0 on the season with a 47-14 win at Owen County on Friday. The Braves play host to Lloyd Memorial on Friday.

Up Next:

Highlands travels to Scott County (2-0) on Friday for a game at Georgetown College. The Cardinals will play host to a defending state champion for the second week in a row.

Scott County opened the year with a sound 46-6 win over Lexington Tates Creek. The Cardinals took out defending Class 5A champion Pulaski County, 53-31 in Georgetown on Friday.



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