Saturday, September 5, 2015

Bluebird Notebook: Last 1-2 start came in 2002

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands sophomore Griffin Huber goes hard for a catch in Friday's game at Scott County. 

It's not a feeling anyone associated with the vaunted Highlands Bluebirds football team is used to.

But after Friday's 54-28 loss to Scott County at Georgetown College, it is another first since 2002. That was the last time the Bluebirds started the season with a 1-2 record. Highlands opened 2002 with losses to Lexington Henry Clay and Louisville Male before beating Campbell County.

The Bluebirds rebounded to go 10-4 that year before falling 45-6 at Rockcastle County in the Class 3A semifinals. That marked the lone time Highlands lost in the state semifinals during Dale Mueller's 20-year tenure as head coach.

The 2005 and 2006 teams beat Dixie Heights and Conner to open the season before losing two straight to tough competition. Both teams lost to Louisville St. Xavier.

Injury update:

Highlands quarterback Austin Hergott did not play in Friday's game. He sprained his right shoulder and did not practice Monday. Hergott dressed but the coaching staff did not wan to risk injuring the shoulder to the point where he would be out several weeks.

A couple other players went down including senior linebacker Jared Dougherty. Dougherty's right arm was in a sling after the game, but he did not know the extent of the injury. Dougherty also punts, kicks extra points and kicks the ball off.

Running Clock reversal:

Throughout the years, it had been Highlands enacting the running clock on opponents. But Scott County did that Friday scoring its last touchdown of the first half. It came with 8:01 left in the first half.

Tough Road forward:

It only becomes more challenging for Highlands before district action begins. The next three opponents in Ryle, Louisville St. Xavier and Simon Kenton could enter the game against the Bluebirds undefeated. They were a combined 6-0 as of Saturday morning.

Simon Kenton had to finish up a non-district game against Conner and Ryle had to finish a game against Boone County on Saturday. Both games were postponed because of excessive rain and thunderstorms in Northern Kentucky.

Undefeated in Class 5A:

Six teams in 5A are undefeated as of Saturday morning. They are Anderson County, North Laurel, Bullitt Central, North Bullitt, Owensboro and Grant County. Grant County had a game against Lloyd Memorial postponed at halftime until Saturday because of the weather.

Highlands volleyball splits September Slam matches:

The Ladybirds are 5-4 after going 1-1 to open the September Slam at Scott High.

Highlands took down George Rogers Clark, 2-0 (25-14, 25-13) before losing to Conner, 2-0 (25-19, 25-17). That marked the second loss of the season to the Lady Cougars.

The Ladybirds open the second day against Oldham County. Game time is 9 a.m.

Graybill commits to Louisville:

Highlands senior Shelby Graybill originally committed to Bowling Green State University. But the Falcons went through a coaching chance after the spring.

Graybill backed out and committed to Louisville. The Cardinals finished 30-19 last year and are led by Head Coach Sandy Pearsall.

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