The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds rolled past the Corbin Redhounds in Friday's Class 2A state semi-final matchup at Denes Stadium as they came away with a 42-8 win.
NewCath (12-2) used a power running game and stifling defense to punch their ticket to next week's state championship game in Bowling Green.
Junior quarterback Brady Hightchew got the scoring started when he broke out with a 48-yard touchdown run with 2:21 to go in the first quarter. He followed it up on the ‘Breds following possession when he punched one in from two yards out. Hightchew put the game away early as he then connected with Brennan Daunt for a 20-yard touchdown pass and NewCath took a 21-0 lead in the locker room.
After the break it was senior Chris Kelly that stole the show. He scored on runs on 81 and 39 yards to put the game away. Nick Wolterman rounded out the scoring for the ‘Breds with a third-quarter, 11-yard touchdown run. Kelly finished the night with 192 yards on 16 carries. Hightchew finished with 73 yards rushing on nine carries.
Corbin (11-3) finally got on the board with a 74-yard touchdown run by Taylor Waddle in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
"We just came down here and our guys were ready to go. Our defense stepped up and held Corbin out of the end zone for the first three quarters," head coach Eddie Eviston said in an interview following the game on FOX19's Final Quarter. "Our offense we were able to run the ball. I can't say enough about these kids they've ready to play each and every Friday the past four Fridays. Now we get a chance to do it one more time."
NewCath is set to face Owensboro Catholic on Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Western Kentucky University in the Class 2A state championship game.