Friday, September 03, 1999

N.KY. FOOTBALL PICKS




BY NEIL SCHMIDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer

       

Covington Catholic (2-0) at Ryle (1-0)
        • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

        • WHERE: Ryle HS, 10379 U.S. 42, Union

        • WHAT TO WATCH: It's hard to remember, but Lynn Ray went 0-10 in 1975 with his first Covington Catholic team. He went 1-10 the next year. His first six seasons were losing ones.

        It's fair to say he got things turned around in a big way: 17 consecutive winning seasons, five Class AAA state championships, and a 199-95 career record in 24 years. Barrring an upset, tonight will be No. 200.

        Ray is tied for 13th with Louisville Male's Bob Redman (199-87-1) on the list of Kentucky's all-time winningest coaches. Ray takes credit for none of those victories himself.

        “The game is for the young men, not for me,” he said. “I just enjoy watching us play.”

        Ryle, no longer a Class AAA district rival since it moved to AAAA this fall, presents a challenge. The Raiders looked sharp in beating Belfry 42-17 last week in new coach Kyle Hockman's debut.

        But CovCath, ranked No.2 in the AAA state poll, is already in midseason form.

        • PICK: Covington Catholic

Simon Kenton (1-1) at Dixie Heights (1-0)
        • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today

        • WHERE: Dixie Heights HS, 3010 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills

        • WHAT TO WATCH: Dixie Heights made its first jump into the Class AAA state rankings in years this week, appearing at No. 8. It gets its first chance to justify that ranking tonight against the enigmatic Pioneers.

        Last year, Simon Kenton was an up-and-down 5-5. It looks to have the same affliction this fall, posting an impressive 38-11 victory over Woodford County but then losing 29-7 last week at Holmes.

        Dixie beat Simon Kenton 24-14 last year. If the Colonels play well, they could double that margin tonight.

        • PICK: Dixie Heights

Holy Cross (1-0) at Holmes (1-0)
        • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today

        • WHERE: Holmes HS, 25th and Madison, Covington

        • WHAT TO WATCH: Holy Cross is undefeated but hasn't played a down. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association awarded it a victory (by a 1-0 score, technically) after Cincinnati Taft forfeited to it last week because of a lack of players.

        The Indians would rather have had the experience, because they might have culture shock tonight facing their new Covington rivals. Holy Cross, 1-7 last year, has never played anyone this good.

        The Bulldogs look to have erased memories of last year's 1-9 campaign with their emphatic victory over Simon Kenton. You heard this here first: Holmes will be 6-0 when it meets Dixie on Oct. 8.

        • PICK: Holmes

Boone County (0-1) at Elder (1-0)
        • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today

        • WHERE: Elder HS, 3920 Vincent Ave., Cincinnati

        • WHAT TO WATCH: Boone County ventures into what's arguably Ohio's toughest conference, the Greater Catholic League-South Division, for two games — playing Elder tonight and La Salle next Friday. It does so at a tough time, as star junior tailback/linebacker Timmy King is out with a separated shoulder.

        Elder, rated second in The Enquirer's Tristate Top 10, opened its season last Saturday with a 35-7 beating of perennial power Walsh Jesuit.

        • PICK: Elder

Highlands (2-0) at Campbell County (0-1)
        • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today

        • WHERE: Campbell County Middle School, 8000 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria

        • WHAT TO WATCH: Last year, Highlands beat the Camels 88-12, posting Kentucky's second-highest point total of the past 64 years. This will be closer, though still no contest.

        Campbell County fared well in its opener, holding Dixie scoreless for a half before falling 21-0.

        • PICK: Highlands

Other top games
        • Lloyd at Beechwood: Lloyd beat Beechwood 14-12 on Sept. 12, 1996, but the Tigers have since won 27 consecutive regular-season games. Make it 28 tonight. Pick: Beechwood.

        • Bellevue at Dayton (Ohio) Jefferson: Bellevue bombed Jefferson 56-12 last year; it win win handily again. Pick: Bellevue.

        • Newport at Dayton: Newport tunes up for next week's showdown with Beechwood. Pick: Newport.

        • Newport Central Catholic at Scott: A chance for a rare 2-0 start by Scott. Why not? Pick: Scott.

        LAST WEEK: 8-2 SEASON: 11-3 (78.6 percent)

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