Newport Central Catholic Loses Heartbreaker In 2A Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Junior quarterback Antonio Andrews
accounted for four touchdowns, including the game-winner with 1:44
to play, to lift Fort Campbell to its second straight Class 2A
state title.
The Falcons edged Newport Central Catholic 26-23 in the wild
Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 2A championship
game. The rematch of last year's final was played in front of 4,635
fans at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, on Saturday.
Andrews, who ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns and passed for
171 yards another, scored the game-deciding TD on a halfback pass
from J.D. Ervin for Fort Campbell (14-1).
Andrews caught the ball for a short gain, then did the rest,
eluding would-be tacklers on his way to a 59-yard TD.
"We didn't want to be denied," said Andrews, who came in
averaging 243 yards of total offense per game, and ran for TDs of 1
and 13 yards and threw an 81-yard TD pass to Ervin.
The Falcons won last year's 2A final 21-7 over the
Thoroughbreds, but this one had much more drama. Fort Campbell led
7-0 at halftime and 13-0 early in the second half before turning
the ball over three times in the third quarter. NCC (13-2) scored
on all three miscues and led 20-13 early in the fourth quarter
before the Falcons tied the game on Andrews' 13-yard TD run with
9:49 to play.
"That third quarter might have been the longest quarter I've
ever coached, but the kids faced some challenges and overcame
them," said Fort Campbell coach Shawn Berner, whose team outgained
NCC 401-275 in total offense.
The Thoroughbreds took the lead back on Chris Grosser's 35- yard
field goal with 3:30 remaining in the game, but it was short-lived
because of Andrews' heroics.
Mark Kelly rushed for 113 yards and Ben Parr scored two
touchdowns for NCC, which was plagued by 17 penalties for 95 yards.
"The penalties I can't explain," said Newport Central Catholic
coach Bob Schneider, the state's all-time winningest coach. "I
can't say we beat ourselves, but we did give it away a little."


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