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The 1997 season ended in disappointing fashion for the defending state champion Bluebirds, as the team was upset at home, 41-35 (2OT), by Covington Catholic in the state Class AAA regional final playoff game. Covington Catholic went on to win the Class AAA title in 1997. This game was later dubbed the "Mud Bowl" on account of the terrible field conditions during the game.
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Prior to the loss in the regional final game, HHS was undefeated in the state of Kentucky, losing only to Cincinnati Moeller 21-20 during the regular season. Highlands was the favorite to win Class AAA heading into the playoffs. Wide receiver Randy Stegman broke the state record for the most touchdown catches in a game, catching five against Simon Kenton. The team finished with an 11-2 record, was district champion and NKAC champion.