Friday, September 10, 1999

N.KY. FOOTBALL TONIGHT


Newport gets shot at Beechwood

BY NEIL SCHMIDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        As far as Beechwood football coach Mike Yeagle knows — and he has been a fixture at the school since attending it in the mid-1970s — the Tigers have never played Newport.

        The timing is perfect. When the teams meet tonight at Newport, Beechwood brings the state's No.1 Class A ranking, and Newport enters ranked fourth in 2A.

        “We feel it'll be a playoff- game atmosphere,” Yeagle said.

        Beechwood usually has a big-time schedule — it plays Covington Catholic and downstate power Owensboro Catholic the next two weeks — but this is a rare opportunity for the up-and-coming Wildcats. Many spent the past week bouncing off the walls.

        “Probably most of them, in fact,” Newport coach Roy Lucas Sr. said. “That's one of the challenges, to keep from getting too excited.”

        Newport's option attack, fueled by senior quarterback Charlie Smith and senior tailback Nick Partin, could be slowed if Partin's knee injury keeps him out tonight.

        Other top games: Ryle (2-0) visits Conner (2-0) tonight, and Covington Catholic (2-1) plays host to two-time defending Ohio Division III champ Columbus St. Francis DeSales (1-1) Saturday.

        In Ohio, Sycamore plays host to Fairfield, and Colerain visits Milford in the Greater Miami Conference.

        Undefeated St.Xavier will play undefeated Cathedral in Indianapolis.

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