The FOX19 Friday Prep Rally tour stopped in Florence not to check out Turfway and its fall racing, but to capture the Covington Catholic Colonels faceoff against the Boone County Rebels.
It had been five years since we have seen these teams go head-to-head. CovCath holds the bragging rights having earned seven out of nine wins in the rivalry dated back to 1998 (first meeting since 2006). This contest proved no different, with Cov Cath bringing home another "W." The final score was 28-20, but certainly was hard earned for the Colonels.
"We haven't played (Boone County) in a number of years," said Cov Cath head coach Dave Wirth. "The recent memory of all those victories against them was pretty faded. This was a whole new deal for us."
Boone County won the toss and chose to receive. The first quarter remained pretty silent with both teams tied at zero.
--Postgame: Gabe Gray, CovCath
--Postgame: Dave Wirth, CovCath
The action began to unfold during the second quarter when Rebels' running back Bryson Thompson scored on 2-yard run. The extra point was good thanks to kicker and quarterback Kameron Schwartz. And the Rebels were up 7-0.
The Colonels responded with a touchdown of their own as Clint Massie snatched a 6-yard pass from quarterback Blake Bir. Kicker Evan Talkers was successful on his PAT and the game was knotted at 7-7 as the two teams headed to the locker rooms.
"We're a second half team," said Colonel RB Gabe Gray."We have an awesome offensive line, we have an awesome quarterback, and we have depth in our wide receivers."
The Rebels Jeremiah Williams intercepted a pass, giving them control of the ball early in the second half. That led to Thompson's second TD of the night, this time through the air as he and Schwartz connected on a 25-yard scoring strike to give the Rebels a 14-7 lead.
Boone County forced another turnover as Cole Vires intercepted a pass, but this time the Rebels would fail to convert. That left the door open for CovCath and the Colonels would walk right through it.
Despite their sloppy play, CovCath's offense would get it going late in the quarter. Running back Gabe Gray scored twice, first from six yards out, then on a 47-yard scamper, and CovCath would hold a 21-14 lead heading to the final quarter of play.
The Colonels defense put their own points on the board as defensive back Austin Oberhausen returned a 15-yard fumble for a touchdown.
The Rebels responded with a 74-yard scoring drive with only 2:15 remaining in the game, but the extra point attempt was blocked. Cov Cath was able to keep the lead and defeat Boone County on the Rebels' home turf.
Next week, the Colonels look to keep their losses at one as they return home to host Beechwood. The Rebels will play Louisville Male with hopes of making their record 4-1.
*Written by: Stefanie Theobald, TriStateFootball.com