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Friday, August 30, 2019

Labor Day's best kept secret celebration is on the riverbanks in Fort Thomas

Aquaramp Marina (800 Mary Ingles Highway - Route 8, Fort Thomas) is hosting their annual Labor Day celebration all weekend long.

The 5th annual "Smoke on the Water" starts Saturday, August 31, with live music, BBQ, and bounce houses for the kids and continues on Sunday.

The John Morgan Band will go on stage Saturday from 6-10:00 p.m.

On Sunday, beat the crowds by heading down Tower Hill Road in Fort Thomas and making a right on Route 8 to enjoy the atmosphere of Riverfest without the fuss of heavy traffic.

Keep in mind that Route-8 is closed south of the marina entrance.

See you there!

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May 1st thru October 31st, 2018
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Fort Thomas, KY 41075

Break away from the every day and relax along the water’s edge at Aquaramp Marina. Receive a southern welcome and family-friendly atmosphere, camp on the riverfront, and plan your getaway conveniently located along the untouched Fort Thomas, Kentucky shore.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Cold Spring Native Trains as a U.S. Navy Surface Warrior

By Lt. Sandra Niedzwiecki

Rachel Hardesty, a native of Cold Spring, Kentucky, wanted to follow in her grandparents’ foot steps.

Now, four months later, Hardesty has the opportunity to learn leadership at the Basic Division Officer Course (BDOC), part of Surface Warfare Officers School San Diego.

BDOC is an intensive, nine week course of instruction designed to provide foundational classroom training to prospective surface warfare officers.

Hardesty credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Cold Spring.

“I have been in leadership positions my entire life, being able to apply leadership from sports and clubs I have been in has helped tremendously,” said Hardesty.

Hardesty, a 2012 graduate of Newport Central Catholic High School, is training to become a surface warfare officer.

“I’m training to become first lieutenant on my ship, who is in charge of the ship’s deck department,” said Hardesty.

The course places emphasis on classroom instruction and Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE) simulators, which simulate every class of ship in the U.S. Navy and all their homeports, in addition to many routine ports of call around the world. COVE reinforces concepts in navigation, seamanship, and shiphandling. BDOC also provides instruction on maritime warfare, divisional officer fundamentals, engineering, leadership and damage control.

The mission of Surface Warfare Officers School is to ready sea-bound warriors to serve on surface combatants as officers, enlisted engineers and enlisted navigation professionals to fulfill the Navy's mission maintaining global maritime superiority.

Once service members finish training they are deployed around the world putting their skill set to work aboard Navy ships, such as aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, amphibious warfare ships, mine warfare ships and littoral combat ships.

There are many sacrifices and goals one must achieve to be selected as a surface warfare officer and Hardesty is most proud of graduating Officer Candidate School.

Preview: Highlands traveling to Corbin to take on Knoxville Catholic

Bluebirds Face Tough Task in Corbin

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands senior wide receiver Jack Delagrange heads upfield after a catch against Scott on Friday.
The Highlands Bluebirds football team will have its pioneer moment this Saturday on a neutral field.

Highlands will face a team from Tennessee for the first time in school history when the Bluebirds travel to Corbin to face the Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish in the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic. It is part of a doubleheader Highlands Head Coach Brian Weinrich and Corbin Head Coach Justin Haddix worked out. Corbin takes on Notre Dame out of Chattanooga (Tennessee) in the second game. Corbin and Highlands will swap opponents next season.

Both the Bluebirds and Fighting Irish won their season openers. Highlands pulled away from Scott in the second half for a 42-13 win and KnoxCath blanked Chuckey-Doak (from east Tennessee), 48-0.

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KnoxCath enters the week ranked fourth in first Associated Press poll in Tennessee's Division II, Class AAA, East Region out of 12 teams. Tennessee splits its member schools into Division I for the public schools and a few non-scholarship private schools and Division II for private schools. A number of the private schools moved to Division II this year. It had previously been the public and non-scholarship private schools in Division I.

The Fighting Irish Head Coach is Steve Matthews. Matthews played quarterback for five seasons between 1994 and 1998 with the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Oilers. Matthews took over as head coach in December, 2012.

Merchants & Music Festival — Saturday, September 28th

The 15th annual Merchants and Music Festival takes on a different look this year. They are sponsored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare and are raising funds for the new Cancer Center.

The festival coordinators have chosen bands that have had a personal experience with cancer. Andrew McMahon was diagnosed with leukemia at age 22. He is now 36, healthy, and a very successful musician. His band, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, is the headliner for this year.

As always, the outdoor festival has always celebrated the merchants of Fort Thomas, KY and pairs them with nationally-acclaimed recording artists as well as fun activities for the entire family. It includes live music, shopping with our local merchants, and food vendors.

The festival is FREE to the public and takes place at the historic Tower Park Amphitheater on September 28, 2019. The festival starts at 1 p.m. and goes until midnight.

Music Lineup:

  • Andrew McMahon
  • Sude Nane
  • Borderline
  • Tone Yard
  • River City
  • Band of Helping Hands
  • Powell Brothers
  • Travis Meadows

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

UK Quarterback Honors Jared Lorenzen With Custom Cleats

Custom cleats created by sneaker artist Billy Hobbs

Terry Wilson officially moves up BBN's favorite quarterback list with his tribute to the legend, Jared Lorenzen.

As soon as Terry Wilson learned of Lorenzen’s passing back in July, he tweeted plans to wear the No. 22 jersey in the first game of the season. He also had a secret project in the works with sneaker artist Billy Hobbs of True Blue Customs. The plan is to wear the shoes in the first game of the season this coming Saturday.

Wilson was asked why it is important to honor Lorenzen even though he did not know him well. He said that he is well aware of what Lorenzen meant to the program.

“Coming to Kentucky and seeing all the history that he made, and all the big games he went through, and all that he did for this program, it was huge,” he said. “So when I saw Jared’s passing, I felt like I had to do something. I felt like I needed to show my honor and respect for him and his family and this university.”

KLH Engineers CEO Bob Heil named recipient of Chamber’s Walter Dunlevy Frontiersman Award

Established in 1968, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Walter R. Dunlevy Frontiersman Award recognizes an individual who has a lifelong history of outstanding service to the Northern Kentucky community, exhibits outstanding service to their profession or industry, and exemplifies the highest standards of personal integrity and family responsibility.

This year’s recipient is Bob Heil, CEO of KLH Engineers.

Heil’s civic engagement has always followed his passions, starting when he was a student at the University of Kentucky and was a founding member of The Students to Save Robinson Forest. He was instrumental as a research asset in preserving the forest. The first engagement in his professional career was serving on the Board of Adjustments for the City of Bellevue.

Through the years, his civic engagement grew, particularly in the city of Ft. Thomas where he lives and works. He served on the Fort Thomas Planning Commission for more than 20 years and has served on numerous visioning committees during the 26 years he has lived there. He served as the first Chairman of the Military Commons Homeowners Association and he and his wife, Mary Beth, have undertaken leadership of the committee to erect a statue in honor of the namesake of Ft. Thomas, Union General George Henry Thomas.

With every organization, he brings his energy, enthusiasm and fearless approach to getting things done.

Within Campbell County, he has been a member of the Campbell Leadership Action Group since 2003, serving its Chairman for two years. At Northern Kentucky University (NKU), he has served on the NKU Foundation Advocacy Committee, the Construction Management Advisory Board, the Haile/US Bank College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, was an adjunct faculty in the Physics and Geology Department, has been a proud supporter of Norse Athletics, and a strong advocate for NKU in Frankfort.

Within the region, he is a member of the Duke Energy OH/KY Advisory Council and recently served on the Metropolitan Club Board of Governors. He is an alumnus of both Leadership Cincinnati and Leadership Kentucky and has spent countless hours serving on various committees for the Northern Kentucky Chamber, most importantly as a member of its Board of Directors, serving as Chairman from 2016-2017. He is a founding member of the Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance and is part of its Executive Committee. He has served on various committees, as well as the Board of Directors for Northern Kentucky Tri-ED and was recently named Chairman during a time in history when Tri-ED is undertaking a significant transformation to help the region grow.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Master of Science in Executive Leadership & Organizational Change, Bob leads a firm at KLH Engineers of over 120 employees in five office locations. Leadership roles include serving as both Chief Client Officer and Senior Vice President until June 2015 when he became President and CEO. In April 2019, he was named Chairman and CEO.

Campbell County School District Eligible for More Than $26,000 in Tyson Grants

By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor

Thanks to a grant program by Tyson Foods, teachers in the Campbell County School District can apply for individual classroom project grants of up to $1,000 for a total of $26,388 set aside for the district.
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Tyson Foods has announced it will fund teachers’ projects in 37 communities where the company has plants. One of those plants, a prepared food plant, is located within the Campbell County School District.

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As part of the company’s corporate social responsibility program, teachers in pre-K through 12th grade can apply for a project grant for classroom resources between August 1, 2019, and January 29, 2020. Funding will be applied the first Monday of each month up until the total allotted ($26,388).

"We have a responsibility to support our communities in a variety of ways, including equipping our teachers with the resources they need as an effective way to support education," said Debra Vernon, senior director of corporate social responsibility for Tyson Foods.

Tyson is partnering with, a crowd funding platform designed to provide funding for public school teachers. Founded by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 3.7 million people and partners have given $840 million to classroom projects using the platform.

"Through the model, teachers can focus on the individual needs of their classrooms, and students can experience new or better ways to learn," said Vernon.

Tyson also set aside $50,000 in funding for the school community associated with their corporate office in Springdale, Arkansas. This is not the first such program by Tyson and DonorsChoose. Last year, the company gave $150,000 to the Gibson County School District in Tennessee when it broke ground for a new chicken processing plant there.

The Tyson corporation is one of the world’s largest food companies and includes Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park® and other well-known brands.

The Campbell County plant is located at 1099 Bob Huber Drive in Alexandria.

Class of 2019 Highlands Athletic Hall of Fame: John Schlarman

Class of 2019

John Schlarman graduated from Highlands in 1993, where he was a star in football and track and field. He played varsity football from his freshman through senior years.

He participated in varsity track and field for two years.  In football, his senior year, he was team captain of the 1992 AAA state championship team that went 14-1 and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, starting on both sides of the ball and leading the team in tackles. He was a key contributor both as an offensive tackle and a defensive lineman beginning as a sophomore.  For his play during his junior and senior years, Schlarman was named to the All-State team and was a 1st team lineman.

In track and field, he qualified for the sectional and state meets in both his junior and senior years and was the 2A state runner-up in shot put.  As a team captain his senior year, he was named a Northern Kentucky All-Star as the team’s most valuable field athlete.

After graduating from Highlands, John earned a full athletic scholarship to play football at The University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the All-SEC freshman team and a 3-time letter winner. Schlarman also was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll 3 times and was a finalist for the Academic All-American Award.  He was also twice named UK’s Best Offensive Lineman and was a First Team All-SEC Offensive Lineman his senior year.

He graduated from UK in 1998 and and went on to a successful stint coaching high school and college football. John is currently the Offensive Line Coach at UK, where he has played a key role in several milestone wins, including a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State in 2018 on the way to a 10-win season. John currently resides in Lexington, KY with his wife Lee Ann and their 4 children: sons Joe (13), Ben (10), and Matt (8), and a daughter, Evelyn (2).


To purchase tickets for the 2019 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame Reception, tickets must be purchased on by September 5, 2019 -

Tickets are $55 for the dinner reception at The Syndicate in Newport, Kentucky on 9/22/19 at 6:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame ceremony in the HHS PAC begins at 3:00 p.m. on 9/22. That event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Class of 2019 Highlands Athletic Hall of Fame: Derek Smith

Class of 2019

Derek Smith - Class of 1999 is considered one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of Highlands High School. He was a four year starter in basketball and was the Ninth Region Player of the Year and First Team All-State in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. He was runner-up for Mr. Kentucky Basketball his senior year. He was named the KHSAA Male Basketball Player of the Year. He is also the second leading scorer in Highlands history with 2,229 career points. His Highlands basketball jersey (#35) is retired in the school gymnasium.

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In football, Derek was a three-year starter and played on State Championship teams his sophomore and senior years. He was first team All-State his junior and senior years and was the runner-up for Mr. Kentucky Football his senior year. He was named the Gatorade Kentucky State Football Player of the Year, News Media KY High School Football Player of the Year, and Paul Hornung KY High School Football Player of the Year.

Jared Lorenzen and Derek Smith
As a senior he was named the KHSAA Male Athlete of the Year. He was named the National Grid Hoop Player of the Year as the best football/basketball player in the nation. He was recruited by every major football school in the country in which he showed interest.  Smith was an All-SEC tight end at UK and played one season on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad.

He is married to Juli Sublett-Smith.


To purchase tickets for the 2019 HHS Athletic Hall of Fame Reception, tickets must be purchased on by September 5, 2019 -

Tickets are $55 for the dinner reception at The Syndicate in Newport, Kentucky on 9/22/19 at 6:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame ceremony in the HHS PAC begins at 3:00 p.m. on 9/22. That event is free and open to the public.

Fort Thomas Planning and Zoning Accepts Changes to Development Plan

The most recent public hearing on the Central Business District addressed proposed changes to the development agreement plan.

By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor 

Fort Thomas Planning and Zoning Commission members voted to accept specific changes to the Central Business District development plan at a public hearing held August 21 during its regular monthly meeting.

Developer Rick Greiwe requested an amendment to make two changes to the original stage one plan of the development along North Fort Thomas Avenue. The changes involved putting a set of residential-style garage doors on the condominium garage that empties out onto Woodland Place and providing a bump out that would shield the garage entrance from the street.

Greiwe said he had met with two residents of Woodland Place to discuss a list of about 20 issues of concern for the neighbors. A larger group of neighbors had met previously with Mayor Eric Haas and City Administrator Ron Dill to outline their concerns. These were shared with Greiwe who then met with Woodland neighbors Laura Reynolds and Brent Niese to try to find solutions to some of the issues, he said. 

Changes to the residential garage

Many of the concerns, such as hours of construction, notice to residents about construction, safety and related issues have been addressed in the development agreement passed by city council by a 4-3 vote in late May, Greiwe said. The changes he was proposing at the hearing were in response to four key concerns outlined by the neighbors. These were:

  • A concern about light pollution and noise emanating from the residential garage.
  • Masking the appearance of the garage so it is not mistaken for a commercial space or in some way making it clear that it was for residential use only.
  • Concerns about speed of those entering and exiting the garage.
  • Safety issues for pedestrians as they walk near the garage entrance. 

Although the city had approved a 20-foot open archway to the garage in the original plan, he proposed a change to add nine-foot residential-style garage doors that would need to be opened with a pass code similar to other residential garage doors. The light for the garage would then be inside the doors and aimed down, away from the street.

"It would be just like entering the garage at your house, same kind of feel and same kind of look, same kind of operation. We have a project in Hyde Park we do that way. Visitors must stop and press a code to get in."

He claimed that, since most of the residents would be retirees, he did not anticipate the stop at the doors would cause backup of cars trying to get in or out of the garage. The stop to enter or exit the garage would also address concerns about speeding and about awareness of pedestrians crossing near the garage.

In Other Words: The Unhappy Truth About Why I Became a Teacher

School has started and it’s the topic of lots of conversations. I was recently asked why I became a teacher. Well, I never revealed the true reason - until now.

Because I almost failed kindergarten, I become a teacher.  Now those seem unlikely dots to connect but they do.

We were learning colors. The teacher placed a series of color posters over the top of the chalkboard. The teacher went around the room asking her pupils what the color was. She pointed. I shrugged my shoulders. She pointed to the next one. I shrugged again. She pointed to a third poster. I shrugged again.

The teacher called home and told my mother what happened. And that’s when my life took a turn. I did not know the names of colors because no one taught me. Se we sat at the kitchen table, me almost in tears as mom drilled me on colors. And she was not very kind about it either.  She couldn’t believe that I didn’t know colors.  As her frustration increased, my fear of failure increased, and I cried. I was 5. Yeah, my education career was off to a good start.

I didn’t know it then and it took a long time for me to realize what had happened. Mom had never taught me those colors and she really didn’t actively teach us much of anything. She just expected that kids would know things. She was not a good teacher. I could never rely upon her for help with homework.

Lots of things are like that. We have an expectation that people know certain things. If they don’t know we may express surprise, anger, or frustration. It happens, albeit not often, that we take the time to instruct.

Somehow I passed kindergarten. I still don’t know why or how. I remember the color blindness test that I took sometime later - and, yes, I am a bit color blind, but it wouldn’t be enough to keep me out of, say, the military or get in the way at a paint store. I mean I liked the pretzel rods, milk, and nap time of kindergarten, but I also remember that I was not eager to return to school.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Here's a running list of every NKY tax rate in a simple, easy-to-read chart

John Coffman of Coffman’s Realty, 1100 S. Fort Thomas Avenue, wanted to build a website that would a one-stop place to browse his listings, what is available in the market and an handy place to document what tax rates are throughout different cities and jurisdictions in northern Kentucky.

RELATED: Every NKY City Property Tax Rate Listed Here

“When buying your home, real estate taxes are a part of your monthly payment if your lender requires establishing an escrow account with them,” said Coffman. “This step is often needed and is an example of an extra that we provide in terms of service for our clients. Our goal is to have the process of buying a home as simple as possible so that you do not end up feeling you’re just a number.”

Coffman’s Realty, has been in business for over 50 years. Their iconic building is a staple in the historic Midway District.

“We handle every listing and purchase with personal hands on experience and keep you informed of your progress along the way,” said Coffman.

To view testimonials, his listings and other helpful links like city tax rates go to

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Newport Police stop woman on shopping scooter going wrong way on I-471

If you were driving along I-471 southbound this afternoon at around 1:00 p.m., you may have seen something that made you do a double take.

Newport Police say they stopped a women on a shopping scooter heading northbound in the southbound lane.

According to Lt. Paul Kunkel, the woman was leaving the Kroger Marketplace at Newport Pavilion. She was heading across the river when Campbell County Dispatch starting receiving multiple calls looking out for her well-being.

She was not harmed and police said she will not be charged.

Police Identify Fort Thomas Man Killed in Crash on I-275

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A one-vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday night has claimed the life of a Fort Thomas man.

Campbell County Police found Brandon Saylor, 32 of Fort Thomas, on the roadway at about 11:00 p.m. Sunday, August 25.

According to a report, police found Saylor on the roadway near the ramp of  I-275 Eastbound to I-471 Northbound. They had been dispatched after reports of an individual lying in the roadway.

According to a release form the Campbell County Police department, officers believe there was a single vehicle collision, from which the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was ejected.

The driver was found by officers to be deceased on the scene.

City Council Roundup: Parade Winners Announced, Street Project Updates

Mayor Eric Haas congratulates Chuck Keller representing the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy. Keller accepted the first place award for Best Representation of the Fourth of July Parade Theme.

By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor

"The Art of Kindness" was the theme for this year’s Fort Thomas Fourth of July Parade, and the winners of the various entries in the parade reflected a broad range of community members and businesses that take the theme to heart.

At the August meeting of the Fort Thomas City Council, Mayor Eric Haas announced the winners for parade entries in three categories. Here are more of the winners and those who were on hand to accept the awards.

The Veterinary Medical Center of Fort Thomas accepted the second place award for Best Representation of the Theme.

The Chicks and Chucks, Inc., team picked up third place for Best Representation of the Theme.

Tom Rechtin Heating & Air took first place for Most Original contribution to the parade.

Second place for Most Original entry in the parade went to the United States Submarine Veterans.

Campbell County Land Search and Rescue took third place for Most Original parade entry.
Members of the Lawn Chair Brigade Jerry Noran and Marty Malloy, from the Highland United Methodist Church, earned first place for Most Entertaining performance in the parade.
Members of the Ewald family (Stephanie and Rose) accepted the award for Dance Realm, which took second place for Most Entertaining.

As a former member of the band, Mayor Eric Haas accepted the award for third place in the Most Entertaining category for the Highlands High School Marching Band.


Parade organizers present honors and share thanks

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Highlands-Scott Highlight Video

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Highlands-Scott Game Story

Bluebirds Pull Away from Eagles in Second Half

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior running back Joe Buten (with ball) tries to escape a Scott tackler in the 42-13 win Friday.
Things may not have looked good early on.

But the Highlands Bluebirds football team finished the first quarter and the rest of the game strong on its way to a 42-13 non-district win over the host Scott Eagles on Friday. The Bluebirds led 28-13 at halftime and scored one touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters to pull away.

Highlands did wear out the Eagles playing guys one way while the Eagles saw players going both ways. At halftime, a number of Eagles put their hands on their knees.

"I'm not going to say we were in better shape than them because their guys were playing a lot of plays," said Brian Weinrich, Highlands Head Coach. "Our guys weren't playing as many plays so they're a good football team. They have some good players."

Highlands ran 64 plays offensively to 63 for Scott. But Highlands had 310 yards to 226 for Scott for averages of just under five per play to between three and four for the Eagles. Highlands finished plus-four in the turnover battle picking off five Scott passes and recovering a fumble with Scott recording one pick and fumble recovery.

"I didn't think we played well at all that first half," said Sam Umberg, Highlands Offensive Coordinator. "I thought we came out flat. But we got in at halftime. What we saw in that second half is what we're supposed to be. We got up and down (the field). When we're running that tempo stuff, it's that first first down that gets us going. In that first half, we really couldn't get that first first down to get us going."

Senior defensive back Jacob Brass led the way with two interceptions. He returned one for a touchdown with 3:25 left in the first half to put Highlands up 28-14 following the fourth of six Brennan Haigis point-after-touchdown kicks.

Senior linebacker Brycen Huddleston, senior defensive back Noah LaMothe and junior defensive back Jason Noe had the other interceptions. Senior defensive back Max Guetle had the Highlands fumble recovery.

Highlands did get some penetration into the Scott backfield. Senior defensive lineman Griffin Welsch had a sack and a tackle for a loss with senior linebackers Nelson Bibb and Mason Schwalbach recording one tackle for a loss each.

LaMothe's interception came after sophomore Cameron Patterson burned him for a touchdown with 5:48 left in the first quarter for 22 yards on 3rd-and-Long. That gave the Eagles their lone lead at 7-0. Patterson had five catches for 38 yards.

"I think that's a main part of defense, especially in the secondary because that's what I've been trying to work on," LaMothe said. "It's (about) playing the next play. You forget the last play, good or bad. You start off new, just get that mindset."

After not moving the ball on the first two possessions, Highlands found some rhythm. Junior quarterback Jake Fahlbusch found junior running back Joe Buten for a long pass play in the left flats. The Bluebirds moved to the Scott 5-yard-line after some pass interference plays. On fourth down from the one, Highlands lined up in the stacked backfield and scored when senior Tyler Brune dove in behind the offensive line with 56.3 seconds left.

The Bluebirds took the lead for good after Huddleston set the Bluebirds up in good field position on an interception. Senior wide receiver Jack Delagrange took the pass on a crossing route and scored from 15 yards out with 34.6 seconds left in the half.

Delagrange played linebacker two years ago for the Bluebirds. After not playing last year, Delagrange came back at a different position. He led Highlands with five catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns. The second one came with 10:41 left in the game from 14 yards out.

"I thought it was important," Delagrange said. "We needed that momentum getting a passing touchdown. I'm really excited to be able to get back. You just have to learn to play a different role if that's what it takes. I just want to make the team better. I just want to do the best I can at the position that I play."

Scott did cut the margin to 14-13 with 9:15 left in the first half when senior Jackson Hardin hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Gus Howlett. Howlett completed 10-of-23 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns and Hardin had four catches for 70 yards.

"We didn't expect them to have that many deep passes, but they got it off," Bibb said. "They were successful using it so we just had to stop it. Everyone has to do his job."

Scott standout running back Quincy Perrin had just eight yards on two carries. But an injury forced him to leave the game early. Neither team saw an individual rush for more than 30 yards.

"That changes everything on both sides of the ball for both teams," Weinrich said. "We have to play better. We did some good things. We capitalized on some of the mistakes they made. They capitalized on some of the mistakes we made. That's why you play games and practice. We're excited. We made some adjustments on some things we hadn't done all summer. We didn't think we would. Guys responded. We'll go home, watch the film and go right back at it trying to get better."

Scott had some success with the quick out passes. But Highlands figured them out and recorded some interceptions swarming to the ball.

Highlands went up 21-14 with 5:13 left in the half. Buten scored from 25 yards out. Following Brass' pick-six, the Bluebirds drove into the red zone late in the first half but could not score before time expired.