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NEWPORT (Class AA)

SCHEDULE

Aug. 27 NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC
Sept. 3 at Dayton
Sept. 10 BEECHWOOD
Sept. 17 WEST CARTER
Sept. 24 at Campbell County
Oct. 1 at Fleming County
Oct. 8 at Mason County
Oct. 15 LLOYD
Oct. 22 BATH COUNTY
Oct. 29 at Russell
(All games at 7:30 unless noted)
Coach: Roy Lucas Sr. (169-110)

Outlook: Newport has reached the postseason in each of Lucas' four seasons here, and its No. 7 ranking in the Courier-Journal's state coaches poll indicates it's surely headed back. What happens when it gets there?

Realignment did Newport some favors, but not enough. Perennial district rival Lawrence County was moved up to Class AAA, and Breathitt County -- which bounced Newport from the playoffs in 1996 and '98 -- was moved to another region. But Newport now shares a region with Lexington Catholic, the preseason state No. 1.

The Wildcats have 17 seniors who should make this another special season. Two of them, Charlie Smith and Nick Partin, are the unquestioned stars. Last year, Smith ran for 1,204 yards and 18 TDs while throwing for 1,194 yards and 11 TDs. Partin ran for 1,503 yards and 14 TDs.

Newport must find two new offensive linemen and big-play threats in its receiving corps. If it can, look out.

A Sept. 10 matchup with Beechwood will give the Wildcats a good taste of what the likes of Lexington Catholic might offer in the postseason.

ROSTER
Name Pos Ht Wt Yr
Mike Alford OG-DE 6-0 22012
Greg AsherFB-LB5-10 20010
Matt Atkins OT-DE 6-3 25012
David Bargo FB-LB 6-0 20012
Jason Barnes WR-DB 5-7 15012
L.C. Bedford OT-DT 5-7 26512
Eddie Bivens TE-LB 6-3 20012
Josh Bucchi OC-DT 5-8 18010
Chris ByrdWR-LB 6-0 17012
Mark CrankOG-DE 5-9 18011
Brian CropperTE-DE 6-1 17510
Justin Daniels OC-N 6-0 20012
Brian Ewing WR-DB5-10 16512
Chuck Gentry OG-DE 6-0 19010
Mike Hawkins OG-N 5-10 22512
Michael Headen WR-DB5-10 15510
Raymond Johnson WR-DB 5-8 15512
Chris Jones RB-LB 6-0 17510
David Kohrs TE-LB 6-1 18011
Dennis KowolonekOT-DT 6-5 26511
Andy Mickleson QB-LB 5-9 1659
Dustin MurrayQB-LB 6-1 19011
Doug Newton WR-DB 6-0 17012
Richard Norris OG-DE 6-0 18510
Nick Partin RB-DB5-10 18012
Tony Pompillio WR-DB 5-9 16512
Bert Robb FB-LB 5-9 17512
James Roland WR-DB 5-8 15011
Kline Rooney WR-DB 5-5 14510
Bobby Short OT-DT 5-9 25011
Charlie SmithQB-LB5-10 22012
R.J. SmithWR-DB 5-7 15511
Chris StrebelWR-LB 6-0 17012
Scott Waechter WR-DB5-11 16010
Demetrius Williams RB-DB5-10 17510
Joe Williams FB-LB 5-9 17010
Tony Wilson WR-DB 5-6 13510