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Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Playoff Opponent Set for Bluebirds

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior kicker Nick Bowman boots one of his six extra-point tries.
The Highlands Bluebirds (7-2 overall) will take on the Madison Southern Eagles (2-7) to open the Class 5A playoffs. The winner travels to Anderson County (9-0) the following week.

Anderson County earned the bye as the result of Class 5A, District 5 having just three teams after the Kentucky High School Athletic Association let Grant County drop out of district play before the 2017 season. Madison Southern finished state runner-up last year losing 49-13 to Covington Catholic in the state championship.

Highlands finished second in District 5 for the second straight year after a 21-14 loss to CovCath last week. CovCath, the top-ranked team in Class 5A in the latest Associated Press poll, dominated Dixie Heights, 50-8 in the battle of Dixie Highway on Friday. CovCath extended the longest current winning streak in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to 24 in a row.

Highlands faced the same playoff scenario last year. The Bluebirds beat Oldham County, 34-7 in the first round of the playoffs before losing 35-34 at South Oldham.

Two big games shaped up the playoff picture on Friday. The fourth-ranked Southwestern Warriors lost to county rival Pulaski County, 21-14 in the battle for the District 7 crown. The Warriors started the season a program-best 8-0. The Maroons moved to 7-2.

Down the road in Bowling Green, second-ranked South Warren (9-0) took care of third-ranked Bowling Green (7-2), 38-12. The Spartans lost 43-7 to CovCath in the state semifinals last year.

Homecoming Court:

Seniors Zoie Barth and Austin King were named Homecoming Queen and King respectively Friday.

Barth has played a significant role on the Highlands girls basketball team the last five seasons. She went over 1,500 points for her career last year and has helped the Bluebirds to four straight 36th District championships. Barth also helped the Highlands softball team to the state tournament in 2016. Barth often leads the student section known as the OZone.

"It means a lot. There are tons of deserving people in the stands and on court for sure," Barth said. "There are so many friendly people at Highlands. It's just such a supportive and positive community. It's really humbling to be a part of that."

Senior Trey Gabbard wore King's number 13 jersey and escorted Barth in place of King for the halftime ceremony. King had three catches for 23 yards in the 42-7 win over Greenwood.

"It is seen out here, especially every Friday," King said. "So many people are involved whether that's through band, football, OZone (Highlands student section). It definitely means a lot that they're backing us and that we go out every Friday and perform for them."

Bluebirds Win Home-and-Home Series with Greenwood:

Highlands wound up winning both games in the series against the Gators (2-7) following the 42-7 win in Fort Thomas on Friday. Highlands ventured to Bowling Green last year and beat the Gators, 47-35 in the only two meetings in school history.

Highlands moved to 4-0 all-time against schools in the Warren County school system. The Bluebirds also won a home-and-home series against Warren Central in 2013 and 2014. Highlands has never played South Warren or Warren East.

Highlands is 3-1 all-time against the Bowling Green Purples. The most recent meeting came in the Class 5A state championship game in 2007. Highlands won 28-7.

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