Saturday, September 3, 2016

Highlands-Scott County Notebook

Highlands-Scott County series to continue beyond season

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands seniors Sam Taylor (44) and Bradley Greene (86) take down Scott County quarterback Josh Davis (left) in action Friday in Fort Thomas.
Even with the two-year football contracts up for renewal after this season, Scott County Cardinals Head Coach Jim McKee said the Cardinals will continue the series with the Highlands Bluebirds.

The 42-33 Cardinal win Friday in Fort Thomas showed how competitive the series can be. None of the first three meetings saw a game decided by single digits. Scott County (3-0 overall) dominated Highlands, 54-28 in Georgetown last year after the Bluebirds (1-2) beat the Cardinals, 60-37 in 2012. Scott County also beat Highlands, 20-0 in the first of four meetings in 1979.

Scott County is currently the largest high school in Kentucky with 2,334 students as of last year. The average high school enrollment number is 800. A new high school in Scott County is expected to open in the next couple years called Great Crossing High to alleviate crowding at Scott County High.

The Cardinals own two state championships in school history. The one during McKee's 20-year tenure came in Class 6A in 2013 and the other came in 1975 in Class 2A.

Non-District 6A opponents continue to win:

Five of the seven Class 6A opponents picked up victories in Week 2. It started Thursday when Ryle (3-0 overall) picked up a 42-7 win at county rival Boone County (0-3).

Aside from Scott County, Cooper, Campbell County and Simon Kenton picked up victories on Friday. The Jaguars (2-1) have won two in a row since losing to Highlands to open the season. They beat Lexington Bryan Station, 52-28. Campbell County (2-1) followed up last week's 24-21 win over Highlands with a 33-28 victory over Newport Central Catholic to double last year's win total.

Simon Kenton (3-0) stayed undefeated with a 39-27 win over Conner. The Pioneers have won 14 straight regular season games dating back to a 36-10 loss at Dixie Heights on Oct. 17, 2014. The Colonels finished Class 6A runner-up that season. Louisville St. Xavier (1-1) lost to defending Class 5A champion Bowling Green, 31-10.

Class 5A, District 5 report:

Covington Catholic (2-1) and Dixie Heights (2-0) picked up wins Friday while Grant County (2-1) lost for the first time this year. CovCath edged Cincinnati (Ohio) Sycamore in Park Hills, 34-33 and Dixie Heights recorded also beat an Ohio opponent in Milford, 28-13. Lloyd Memorial handled Grant County, 48-7.

Volleyball goes 1-1 in first day of September Slam:

The Ladybirds are 6-6 after winning once and losing another time in the September Slam Tournament at Scott High. Highlands beat Simon Kenton, 2-1 (18-25, 25-16, 15-10) for the second time in two days. But Oldham County beat Highlands, 2-0 (27-25, 25-20). The tournament concludes Saturday.

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