|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands junior Mitch Schry (62) gets in position in Friday's game at Simon Kenton.|
But several key players did not suit up for Friday's non-district 42-3 loss at Simon Kenton. That includes senior wide receivers Mitch Cain and Chandler New along with junior running back Grant Murray.
New has 12 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown and Cain has two for 14 yards in the season-opener against Cooper. Cain was the leading returning receiver from last year's 13-2 Class 4A state championship team with 28 catches for 464 yards and four touchdowns.
Murray ranks second on the team rushing the football. Murray has 19 rushes for 122 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a 72-yard scamper around the right end against Campbell County.
Senior offensive lineman Carson Haas, sophomore defensive back Crosley New along with junior linebackers Luke Meyer and Dalton Cornett also did not play against Simon Kenton. Haas, Cain and Chandler New said they should be back for the next game against Dixie Heights on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
Rugged non-district schedule:
All six non-district games for Highlands are against 6A competition. The combined record of the five teams Highlands lost to are 24-4. Simon Kenton and Ryle are undefeated at 6-0 and 5-0 respectively.
The lone Highlands win came against winless Campbell County. The Camels dropped to 0-6 with a 42-14 loss to Western Brown (Ohio) on Friday.
Class 5A, District 5 Update:
No one in the district has a record above .500. The combined record is 6-17.
Highlands faces Dixie Heights next after its bye week. The Colonels (1-4) earned their first win, 35-21 over 0-6 Boone County on Friday. Highlands faces the Rebels to conclude the season.
Covington Catholic also dropped to 1-5 with a loss Saturday. Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis De Sales came to town and left with a 28-7 win.
Grant County (3-3) fell just short of its second straight win losing 20-14 to Louisville Holy Cross on Friday. The Braves also have a bye week this week along with Covington Catholic. The two play on Oct. 10 in Park Hills.