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Walton-Verona rushes past Holy Cross, 47-24, to claim 100th win in program’s 14th season

By Terry Boehmker
sports journalist NKyTribune

Walton-Verona tallied 422 yards and seven touchdowns in a 47-24 win over Holy Cross on Saturday to register the 100th victory in the Bearcats’ 14-year football program history.

Senior fullback Jonathan Freeman and second-year fullback Tyson Beach led Walton-Verona’s rushing offense with a corresponding totals of 131 rushing yards. Freeman scored three times and Beach was one of four players to score a touchdown.

Walton-Verona hooker Tyson Beach returns to the pitch after slipping past a Holy Cross tackle. (Photo by Carla Martin)

Senior quarterback Trey Hatmaker only attempted eight passes. He completed three of them for 30 yards, but had two catches from Holy Cross defensive backs Terrell Moses and Landyn Phillips.

The Indians’ defense also scored a touchdown on a recovery fumble from junior linebacker Steffan Willis late in the second quarter.

Walton-Verona (1-1) opened the second half with a touchdown that ended with Jacobs Gaines carrying the ball 19 yards into the end zone. Lincoln Mann scored the extra point to give the Bearcats a 21-12 lead.

Holy Cross junior Javier Ward returned the next kickoff for 82 yards for a touchdown that closed the lead to 21-18. But Walton-Verona scored 26 unanswered points after that to sideline the game.

The Indians finished with a total of 189 yards (101 rushing, 88 passing). Ward scored the team’s first touchdown on a 67-yard pass reception in the second quarter and the last on a 33-yard rush at the end of the fourth quarter.

With those two scoring plays and 119 yards in kickoff returns, Ward had a total of 219 versatile yards. He has now scored six touchdowns in two games on offensive, defensive and special teams.

The other home game that was scheduled for Saturday – Pendleton County in Dayton – has been postponed to Monday at 7:30 pm Both teams have just lost their season opener.

Week three of the regular season kicks off early when Brossart (2-0) travels to Bellevue (0-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday. If the Mustangs win this game, it will be their first 3-0 start since 2015 under coach Paul Wiggins.

Holy Cross defensive players try to knock Walton-Verona’s full-back Jonathan Freeman down. (Photo by Carla Martin)

Last Friday, Brossart beat Newport, 21-7, as senior Jed Martin tallied 167 yards and two touchdowns. The Mustangs’ first touchdown came on an 8-yard run from senior quarterback Jacob Leicht, who scored five touchdowns in his team’s first two wins.

The annual Union Battle between neighboring rivals Ryle and Cooper will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Cooper is 2-0 after knocking down Dixie Heights, 19-10, last Friday. Ryle tied his record at 1-1 with a 40-7 victory over Conner.

Cooper’s offense scored 348 yards against Dixie Heights. The team managers were senior running back Brendon Tye with 152 rushing yards and senior quarterback Drew Warth with 107 passing yards.

Ryle is 11-3 against Cooper over the past 13 seasons, including one playoff game. The last time the Jaguars beat the Raiders was in 2015.

Covington Catholic (1-1) will play their first home game of the season on Friday against Lexington Catholic (2-0). Last year, CovCath’s 22-game winning streak ended in a 29-28 loss to LexCath.

High school football schedule

MONDAY
Pendleton County at Dayton, 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY
Brossart at Bellevue, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY
Ryle at Cooper, 7:30 p.m.
Conner at Dixie Heights, 7 p.m.
Somerset at Beechwood, 7:30 p.m.
Holmes at Boone County, 7 p.m.
Lexington Catholic at Covington Catholic, 7 p.m.
Frankfort Western Hills at Dayton, 7 p.m.
Campbell County at Highlands, 7 p.m.
Scott vs. Holy Cross at Thomas More University, 7 p.m.
Providence (Ind.) At Lloyd, 7:30 p.m.
Roger Bacon (Ohio) at Newport Central Catholic, 7 p.m.
Newport in Pendleton County, 7:30 p.m.
Grant County at Walton-Verona, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY
Simon Kenton at Pulaski Southwestern, 7:30 p.m.