NewCath scored 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to comeback and beat Dixie in the first game of the season in Northern Kentucky as the Thoroughbreds and Colonels squared off in the Skyline Crosstown Showdown Friday night at 6:00 PM.
It was all Dixie in the first quarter, as junior quarterback Zeke Pike found Matt Higgins streaking across the middle of the field for a 27-yard touchdown catch. Then later in the quarter Colonel running back Seth Bruns reversed fields on a broken play and 60-yards later was in the endzone giving Dixie a 14-0 lead.
The Thoroughbreds got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when wide receiver Brian Doyle scored on a 53-yard catch and run from quarterback Brady Hightchew cutting Dixie's lead to 14-7. The Colonels came right back though as they marched down the field and eventually scored on a one yard run from Pike. Dixie held a 21-7 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
NewCath scored first in the second half when Hightchew found Brennan Daunt for a 27-yard touchdown pass, but the extra point was missed. Dixie answered right back with Bruns scoring on his second touchdown run of the game, this time from 26-yards out.
The fourth quarter was all NewCath. They started out with possession of the football and marched right down the field scoring on a one-yard run from Chris Kelly. The Thoroughbreds went for two, but were called for illegal procedure before the snap making them try it from six yards out. That didn't stop Hightchew as he scrambled his way into the endzone for the conversion cutting Dixie's lead to 28-21 with just over 10 minutes left in the game. A few plays later, NewCath stole all of the momentum when Nick Woltermann intercepted Pike giving the ball right back to the ‘Breds. They took advantage as the offensive line manhandled the Dixie defense and Kelly scored again this time on a two-yard touchdown run to tie the game up at 28-28. The Colonels started to move the ball but they took Pike out of the game for a few snaps and replaced him with Corbin DeMatteo whose was then picked off by NewCath's Brian Doyle. The NewCath offensive line dominated their way down the field as the ‘Breds gave the Colonels a steady dosage of Chris Kelly running right up the middle to get all the way down to the Dixie 10-yardline. That's when the NewCath drive began to stall and they faced a 3rd and 6. Hightchew rolled out to his right looking to pass, but when nothing was there he took off and made two juke moves to fake defenders out on his way in to take the lead with just under four minutes to play.
That would be all the Thoroughbreds needed as they held on to win 35-28. Brian Doyle sealed the game when he intercepted a Pike pass to give NewCath the ball back. Hightchew took a couple of knees to kill the remaining time left on the clock and the Thoroughbreds celebrated a come from behind victory to get to 1-0 on the season.
Hightchew was 13-of-18 on the game for 225 yards with two touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown. Kelly finished with 118 yards on 28 carries.
- Postgame: Brady Hightchew
- Honoring Bob Schneider
- Brian Doyle INT to Seal the Win
Written by Rick Broering, TriStateFootball.com