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Saturday, October 27, 2018

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Bluebirds Celebrate Senior Night

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands junior running back Tyler Brune (20) looks for running room in the fourth quarter against Boone County on Friday while junior offensive lineman Jackson Bibb (60) looks to block.
On Friday, the Highlands Bluebirds dominated the Boone County Rebels, 55-14 as expected to move to finish the regular season 8-2 overall.

It marked the first 8-2 regular season for Highlands since the 2014 Class 4A state championship team did it. The Bluebirds spent the last three years against the Rebels trying to gain respectability or finish 5-5 during the regular season. They finished 5-5 in both 2015 and 2017 and 3-7 in 2016.

On the other side, Boone County finished the regular season 2-8. The Rebels are 6-70 since going to the Class 6A state semifinals in 2011. This marks the first time the Rebels have won more than one game during the regular season since then.

Highlands moved to 38-3 all-time against Boone County. The Bluebirds and Rebels have played each other four straight years after not playing between 2011 and 2014. Both teams will be in the same Class 5A, District 5 with Cooper, Conner and Covington Catholic the next four seasons.

Senior Night:

Members of the football team, band, cheerleaders and dance team and their families were honored before the game. The Bluebirds have 23 seniors on this year's squad.

Scouting Madison Southern:

Madison Southern had won Class 5A, District 6 the previous three years. But the Eagles finished the regular season 2-8 taking third in the district.

After not making it past the second round in 2015 and 2016, the Eagles won the first region championship in school history last year and beat Harlan County, 27-20 in the state semifinals. The Eagles then ran into a buzzsaw in the undefeated Covington Catholic Colonels in the state championship losing 49-13. That was the first 15-0 season in school history for the Colonels.

Madison Southern enters the postseason on a two-game losing streak. Wayne County beat the Eagles, 68-29 in Berea on Friday.

The teams have one common opponent in Class 3A state-ranked Lexington Catholic. The Knights downed the Eagles, 51-12 in the Roy Kidd Bowl at Madison Central on Aug. 18. Highlands ventured to Lexington and beat the Knights, 44-27 on Sept. 14.

Class 5A outlook:

The top-ranked teams in the last Associated Press poll of the season that came out Monday remained unchanged with CovCath ranked at the top after completing another undefeated regular season at 10-0 and extending the state's longest winning streak to 25 straight with a 28-0 blanking of Campbell County (6-4) in Park Hills.

Second-ranked South Warren (10-0) concluded an undefeated regular season with a 42-12 win at Owensboro Catholic and third-ranked Bowling Green finished 8-2 and broke a two-game losing streak with a 52-0 win over Bullitt Central. Highlands is ranked fourth in the final poll.

Pulaski Southwestern had been ranked ahead of Highlands until last week's 21-14 home loss to Pulaski County. The Warriors lost 39-17 at Lexington Catholic on Friday. Both PC and Southwestern are tied for seventh in the final poll.

Highlands could face fifth-ranked Anderson County in the second round of the playoffs. The Bearcats beat North Oldham, 45-6 to conclude the regular season undefeated.

Dixie Heights Wins First:

The Colonels avoided a winless regular season with a 41-14 win at Ryle on Friday. Ryle finished 2-8 this regular season.

Only one team finished 0-10 in Class 5A. That was Nelson County over in District 3.

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