Friday, September 17, 1999

Beechwood, CovCath renew rivalry




BY NEIL SCHMIDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        It's the Dixie Highway Holy War. Beechwood and Covington Catholic, a mile apart, renew their rivalry tonight.

        Beechwood (2-1) has beaten its big-brother neighbor five consecutive seasons.

        “We don't have their number,” Beechwood coach Mike Yeagle said. “They're a great football team.”

        CovCath (2-2) will be trying to earn coach Lynn Ray his 200th career victory. “We just need to start jelling as a team,” Ray said.

        Beechwood and CovCath are close cousins in football royalty: The Tigers have won seven Class A crowns; CovCath has five AAA titles.

        Other top N.Ky. games tonight:

        • Ryle (3-0), ranked No.5 in the Class 4A state poll, visits No.2 Lexington Henry Clay (4-0).

        • Conner (2-1), playing host to Boone County (0-3), could end its 16-year losing streak against its county rival.

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