The long awaited debut of Stephen Lickert as the head coach at Campbell County turned out to be a night that no Camels fan will ever look back upon fondly. Covington Catholic came to Alexandria and dominated in all facets of the game to come away with a 42-2 victory.
Campbell County (0-1) received the opening kickoff but had to punt after driving the ball to the Colonels 43-yard line. Cov Cath responded with an 80-yard drive that resulted in a 13-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Blake Bir to senior wide receiver Charlie Mader.
After another Campbell drive stalled, the Colonels took over and scored just one minute into the second quarter. Senior running back Gabe Gray got things started with a 48-yard scamper to the Camels 24-yard line. Five plays later Gray, who rushed for 131 yards on 16 carries, ran the ball into the end zone from seven yards out.
CovCath (1-0) would continue to pour it as the Colonels outgained Campbell 307-152 in total yards during the first half. The Colonels, who scored on its first five possessions of the game, would get a great game from Bir would go on to throw touchdown passes on the next three possessions.
Bir's 16-yard strike to Clint Massie would make the score 21-0 with 7:20 until halftime. It was Massie's 31-yard catch that helped set-up his touchdown reception.
After another Campbell County three-and-out series, the Colonels needed just six plays to reach pay dirt again. Mitch McDowell became the third different receiver to catch a touchdown pass from Bir when he hauled in a 12-yarder with 3:21 left in the second quarter.
Mader, who led CovCath in receiving with three receptions for 70 yards, scored his second touchdown of the game on a 47-yard catch and run to give the Colonels and insurmountable 35-0 at halftime.
Bir went out of the game early in the third quarter with 232 yards on 12-for-18 passing and four touchdowns.
CovCath scored a third quarter rushing touchdown by backup quarterback Charlie Dressman to put the Colonels out in front 42-0.
With three minutes left in the game, Campbell defensive linemen Earl Sebastian and Mitch Mefford combined to tackle Matt Summe in the end zone for a safety and the only points of the game for the Camels.
CovCath will play at Dixie Heights next week as part of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. Campbell County will try to bounce back at home next week against the Milford Eagles.
--Interview: Dave Wirth