outstanding two-way starters, including
Joseph and Lynam. Johnson is a big addi-
tion to both lines, which feature good size
with Senger and junior Arin Reynolds.
Joseph and Jones are forces at linebacker.
Spicer boosts the secondary, already a
strength with the return of Bolden, Burton
and Ryan Ochoa.
NewCath last season was twice as good
in the win column and the head-to-head
score against the Wildcats, beating them,
42-21. But the hope is that the defense
continues making strides after giving up an
average of 17 points over the final seven
regular-season games, and that the offense
can find another gear with a new quarter-
back, Price.
Newport averaged just 20 points, rank-
ing in the bottom half in Class 2A scoring,
but the top two rushers are back. Schmitz
calls Price, who has started elsewhere, his
best athlete. Expect the Wildcats to pound
the ball with Joseph and Bolden behind
their big line while the senior gets com-
fortable. “Offensive line and running game
should be a strength. We should be explo-
sive in the backfield,” Schmitz said. “Our
defense has a chance to be a great
strength. We have a chance to be very fast
and physical on that side of the ball.”
2013 record: 6-5 overall, 2-2 district
(lost to Walton-Verona, 21-18 in first round
of playoffs)
Head coach: Eric Turner (second season,
Key losses: RB Jared Gabbard, OL/DL
Michael Slusher,
Key returnees: Sr. QB Hayden Molitor,
Jr. WR Charles Gaines, Sr. WR/DE Zach
Riddle, So. RB Lashunn Townsend
Outlook: Though the Juggernauts in
Turner’s first year at the helm fell off by
two wins from the 8-4 finish of 2012, they
were very good for an eight-game stretch
during which they went 6-2 – with a close
34-28 loss to Holmes and a good defensive
showing against district bully NewCath, a
22-7 winner at home. They were a tough
out in the playoffs, losing by three despite
not playing their best in the final game
against Walton-Verona.
After losing 16 to graduation, and with
about 10 seniors expected back, overcom-
ing NewCath and Newport might be a
stretch. Lloyd never has beaten NewCath in
Class 2A and lost to Newport by three
touchdowns in the regular-season finale.
But Lloyd has proven it can beat Holy
Cross, taking down the Indians each of the
past two seasons. The Juggernauts are
unbeaten against Bishop Brossart.
Holy Cross
2013 record: 1-10 overall, 1-3 district
(lost to Gallatin County in first round of
Head coach: Bruce Kozerski (12th sea-
son, 62-66)
Key losses: RB Jalen Beal, OL/DL Sean
Key returnees: Jr. QB/DB Hamilton
Scott (470 yards passing, 495 yards rush-
ing), Jr. WR/DB Damien Serrano, Sr. OL Rick
Zion, Sr. OL Mike Gerrein, Sr. OL/DL Justin
Gangwish, Sr. LB Braxton Foote, So. RB/LB
Xavier Abernathy (428 yards rushing)
Outlook: Kozerski, the former Bengals
offensive lineman, seeks a return to glory
at Holy Cross. The Indians, 5-18 since win-
ning the 2011 state championship, return
six starters each on offense and defense.
With the athletic Scott a year wiser under
center in the spread attack and with sever-
al large lineman in front of him, and at the
front of the 4-3 defense, the coach believes
he has a good foundation for success.
“We will mix a group of senior linemen
that we need to be the heart of this team
with a very good group of underclassmen
that we need to take the ball and run,”
Kozerski said. “Success by the stat will be
seen through the younger players, but our
linemen must lead.”
Key leadership responsibilities fall to
Gangwish, Gerrein and Zion and senior
TE/DL David Lampke. Gangwish, a 6-5,
245-pound masher, Lampke, Scott and
Serrano are two-way starters. Foote is a
leading returning tackler followed by
junior linebacker Joe Wilder.
Bishop Brossart
2013 record: 3-7 overall, 0-4 district
Head coach: Paul Wiggins (first season)
Key losses: OL/DL Chase Britt, QB/S
Casey Pelgen, RB/DB Sean Tieman, TE/DE
Austin Shannon
Key returnees: Sr. LB/OL Justin Schack,
Jr. RB/DB Craig Pfefferman, Jr. RB/DB Frank
Centrulo, Jr. OL/DL Griffin Goeppper
Top newcomers: Sr. QB Clay Kramer,
So. WR/DB Joe Donnelly, So OL/DL Jarred
Outlook: The young program survived a
spring of uncertainty following a change in
the school’s athletic director position and
the resignation of two head coaches. After
considering playing the season as an in-
dependent and withdrawing from the
district, the players wanted otherwise.
They showed up with enough numbers
during a critical headcount that gave the
school some assurance that the Mustangs
could field a team. They won three games
last year with 21 players. This season, they
could have more on the roster. The key is
replacing nine seniors.
First-year coach Wiggins, the program’s
third since the end of last season, has the
unenviable task of making do with one of
the thinnest rosters in the state, including
several first-time players, while the Mus-
tangs remain in Class 2A one more year. He
knows them following a five-year stint as
head of the middle school program.
There’s hope and optimism in some of the
returning numbers. Bishop Brossart wel-
comes back five returning starters to the
multiple offense, four to the 4-3 defense.
The bulk of the Mustangs play both
ways, so avoiding injuries remains a key to
their success. “We have limited experience
in key positions, and maturing quickly will
be key,” Wiggins said. “There is team
quickness, and depth at skill positions.
Justin Schack leads by example, and a
player that any coach would want to have
on his squad.”
Class 2A
District 6
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“He’s a complete back, and he’s
just as quick sideways as he is mov-
ing straight ahead. He can find a little
sliver of a hole, and burst right
through it. You better catch him right
after that, or you won’t,” said the
coach. “He’s added about 15 pounds of
muscle since the end of last season,
when he was a horse for us, lowering
his shoulder and carrying the guy into
the end zone to help us beat Somerset.
Now he’s a real solid 182 after being
around 165 all last year.”
Wagner said that with the added
weight, Smith was clocked at the
University of Cincinnati summer
camp with a time of 4.48 seconds in
the 40-yard dash.
“Steve Everson used to run 30
times a game, and gained 200 yards
all the time because he was big and
strong,” Wagner said. “Jacob hasn’t
seen the ball that many times, but he’s
strong enough.”
Smith has some serious running to
do to catch Everson in career rushing
yardage. Everson, who played from
1998-2001, is ranked 24th on Kentuck-
y’s career rushing list and third all-
time in Northern Kentucky with 5,633
yards. Smith needs to average 1,767
total yards the next two years just to
equal Everson’s career rushing total.
He needs to average 2,173 yards on
the ground to match Everson.
If Smith continues playing 14 and
15 games a season, he would need to
average almost 150 rushing yards per
contest to gain the 4,346 necessary to
match Everson, a tall order for a play-
er with one starting season under his
belt. Yet, there’s no shortage of confi-
dence coming from his head coach.
“Jacob gets yards so many ways,
and he’s just now a junior,” Wagner
said. “He’s going to get the ball. We
have a new quarterback. We know our
Smith, who’s played in two state
finals, winning one as a freshman, has
other goals.
“I would say winning state again is
my goal,” Smith said. “It was devas-
tating that we were so close last year,
losing in the championship game. But
now I feel better. I feel stronger. I feel
like I can bounce off more hits and
keep my feet moving. Our line is very
strong and smart, the best group I’ve
been around, so I’m going to be able
to run the ball.”
How much, only his coach
knows. m
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