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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Highlands-Ryle Football Sidebar

Highlands Sees More Coronavirus Precautions Taken on Road

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands senior offensive lineman Jake Arthur (71) makes a move in the win at Ryle on Friday.

Teams across Kentucky have dealt with changes as a result of Coronavirus 2019 guidelines.

The Highlands Bluebirds used three buses to come to the game and spread out. They put their pads on in a field right by Ryle's football field and promptly took them off after the game and walked straight to the bus. Locker rooms have been off limits this fall.

In the past, visiting fans sat behind the team on the visiting sidelines at Ryle. But Ryle put the limited number of band members in the visiting stands this year. The Highlands parents sat to the left of the home sidelines across the field.

Teams like Highlands and Ryle have been fortunate to play two games so far. Some games were not played because of counties labeled Coronavirus hot spots by Governor Andy Beshear's office. Those red or Critical counties reported more than 25 new cases per 100,000 people on average in the last week. None are near Northern Kentucky. Jackson County did not venture north to play Bracken County. Jackson County is considered an Accelerated county because it is seeing between 10 to 25 new cases per 100,000 people. Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties are at yellow seeing between 1 to 10 new cases per day labeled Community Spread.

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Class 5A, District 5 Report:

The district went 4-1 in action Friday. Covington Catholic squeaked by Beechwood, 19-17 and Conner beat Campbell County, 29-6 to open its season. The blue Colonels are 2-0 and have won 46 of their last 47 games.

Boone County rebounded from a season-opening defeat against Ryle to beat Scott, 28-22 in overtime. County rival Cooper fell to 0-2 with a 42-14 loss to Louisville DeSales. The Jaguars play four straight home games before finishing with four road games including the game at Highlands on Oct. 23.

Scouting Boyle County:

The Rebels may have a new head coach in Justin Haddix after Chuck Smith retired following last season. Haddix came over from Corbin.

But the beat has rolled on for Boyle County (2-0) starting the season with convincing wins over Mercer County (51-7) and the Christian Academy of Louisville (56-21). Boyle scored 35 straight points on CAL after the Centurions returned the second-half kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown.

Boyle County shut out Highlands, 30-0 in Danville last year. The Rebels advanced to the Class 4A state championship game before losing 21-20 to Johnson Central in a battle of undefeated teams.

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