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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Highlands-Conner Football Sidebar

Two-Way Players Making Difference for Bluebirds

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands sophomore wide receiver Jack Hendrix (25) tries to block Conner sophomore defensive back Alijah Thompson (12) trying to free up room for Highlands senior running back Mason South (2) in the 36-0 win Saturday.

The Highlands Bluebirds football team has benefitted from players going both directions more than recent years.

Highlands Head Coach Brian Weinrich said in the past things are different with each player. Some pick up the main position well and another.

Highlands started doing more of it last year after the 20-17 loss to Conner in Fort Thomas. Seniors Mason South, Dominic Robinson and Jason Noe are examples of players contributing heavily in the Highlands Spread offense and 3-5 defense.

"We just have to condition and get right so we can play both ways," Noe said. "We have to use the weapons we have on both sides. I've been playing defense for the past two years so I've been focusing more on offense this year and learn the playbook. Defense was not a problem for me because all the coverages were the same. You just have to mentally prepare and know what you're doing coming into the game."

Noe plays wide receiver and defensive back with Robinson playing defensive back and running back. South is a linebacker and running back. Noe had a 46-yard touchdown catch and an interception against Conner. Robinson scored a rushing touchdown and on a punt return. South had an interception and 36 yards rushing in addition to one catch for 41 yards.

South is second on the team with 124 yards rushing on 25 carries for just under five per carry. South also has three catches for 48 yards on the season. Noe has two catches for a team-high 68 yards on the season. Robinson leads Highlands with two interceptions for a return of 35 yards.

Class 5A, District 5 Report:

Every team in the district has played at least one district game. In the other game played this week, Covington Catholic stayed undefeated at 4-0 with a 45-7 win over Boone County (1-3) to move to 2-0 in district play and drop Boone County to 0-2. The blue Colonels have won 48 of their last 49 games with the victory. Granted, CovCath beat Dixie Heights just 21-14 to open the season and needed a last-second field goal to beat Beechwood, 19-17.

Cooper picked up its first win of the season Friday edging George Rogers Clark, 27-26. Cooper and Conner face off Friday in Hebron at 7:30 p.m.

Final Two Non-District Games:

After district play, Highlands faces off against Cincinnati Moeller (1-5) in Fort Thomas and at Campbell County (2-2) in a make-up game after the Kentucky High School Athletic Association postponed the start of the season for three weeks. 

The Camels took down the defending Class 1A state champion Pikeville Panthers, 14-8 on Friday in Alexandria. They are 2-2 after going 1-10 last year.

The Crusaders are 1-5 after struggling to a 2-8 record the previous year. They open the Ohio Division I playoffs on Friday at Hamilton.

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