It wasn't easy, but the Highlands Bluebirds picked up their 36th straight win on Friday night as they defeated the Covington Catholic Colonels 27-20 in Fort Thomas.
Friday's game was not the norm for Highlands (8-0, 2-0). Coming off of a bye week, the Bluebirds gave the Colonels a glimpse of hope in the second half and let it come down to the wire.
Highlands opened the game with their typical offensive fire, powering the ball up the field. Quarterback Patrick Towles hooked up with Corey Compton on a screen-pass which would result in an 80-yard touchdown to put the Bluebirds on the scoreboard first at 7-0.
Early in the first quarter the Bluebirds offense fumbled and left the Colonels around midfield. However, shortly thereafter the Colonels threw a pick and put the Bluebirds back in possession.
Towles would run the ball in from 12 yards for his first touchdown of the game and put the Bluebirds up two scores to none.
Compton carried added another touchdown to give Highlands a 20-0, second-quarter lead.
CovCath (4-4, 1-1) put together a decent drive, but came up short as they had to settle for 22-yard field goal before closing the half.
The Colonels opened the second half with a huge run back out of senior Paul Ritter who returned the kick 99 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 20-10.
The Bluebirds answered the call with a touchdown series of their own, capped off by a 24-yard touchdown pass from Towles to Austin Sheehan.
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The Colonels would put together a decent drive on the ensuing series, but once again they had to settle for another field goal, but nonetheless closing the score depth little by little.
After an exciting blocked punt for Highlands, they would fumble the ball in their series and give the Colonels a taste of hope.
The Colonels seized the moment as Blake Bir connected with Alex Connelly for a four-yard touchdown pass, bringing the point deficit to seven.
CovCath got the ball back ate in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game, but Highlands' Ben Lofland came up with a big interception to end the upset bid.
District play concludes for both teams next week as CovCath plays host to Dixie Heights and Highlands travels to Scott.