|Tough Schedule looms ahead for Bluebirds|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior wide receiver Trent Buchert (4) looks for yardage in Friday's game at Campbell County.|
The biggest reason is the schedule the next four weeks against four Class 6A teams ranked in the Associated Press poll's Top 10. Highlands takes on the Scott County Cardinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Fort Thomas followed by games at Ryle and Louisville St. Xavier before coming home against Simon Kenton. Highlands lost to all four teams last year going 1-5 before Class 5A, District 5 action began. Highlands still redeemed itself to win another district championship and a ninth straight region crown before losing 41-31 to Pulaski County in the state semi-finals.
All four teams posted victories on the season to move to a combined 7-0 on the season. Scott County handled Pulaski County, 48-19 to move to 2-0 and Ryle edged Lexington Henry Clay, 34-28 to also move to 2-0. St. Xavier opened the season with a 42-28 win at Lexington Catholic and Simon Kenton handled Lexington Bryan Station, 50-7 to also improve to 2-0. All four teams advanced to at least the second round of the 6A playoffs last year.
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The series against Campbell County:
The win Friday in Alexandria marked just the 10th time in school history in 63 meetings that the Camels beat the Bluebirds. The Bluebirds had won three in a row when the series resumed in 2013. Highlands is 2-1 against Campbell County since Brian Weinrich became head coach in 2014. Prior to 2013, the teams had not met since 2004.
The last Campbell County win in the series came in 1991 by a 12-6 score when Tom Duffy was head coach of the Bluebirds. During Duffy's tenure, Highlands finished 4-1 against Campbell County and 11-0 against the Camels during Dale Mueller's 20-year tenure. The last time the Camels recorded back-to-back wins in the series came in 1984 (18-6) and 1985 (3-0).
Class 5A, District 5 Notes:
The Covington Catholic Colonels got in the win column beating Cincinnati Oak Hills, 56-48 in a shoot-out Thursday.
CovCath (1-1) won despite allowing 548 yards of total offense. Highlander quarterback Jacob Woycke completed 22-of-34 passes torching the Colonel secondary for 408 yards and five touchdowns.
The Colonels put up 478 yards of total offense. Sophomore Casey McGinness had 15 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown to go with three receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Grant County moved to 2-0 with a 20-13 win over Owen County in Dry Ridge. Both wins have come against Class 2A, District 5 opponents. But the Braves will be tested in Erlanger against Lloyd Memorial (1-1) on Friday.
Dixie Heights was also supposed to open the season Friday. But the game at home against Scott was postponed until Saturday at 7 p.m.
Freshmen pick up first win:
The Highlands freshman team moved to 1-1 on the season with a 20-0 blanking of Simon Kenton on Thursday. The Bluebirds travel to Cooper on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Highlands volleyball wins first two:
The Highlands Ladybirds (2-3 overall) won their first two games in the Cake Classic on Friday. They beat Covington Holy Cross, 2-1 (25-15, 18-25, 15-13) and Dixie Heights, 2-0 (25-23, 25-9). The tournament concludes Saturday.