Football state finals: Class 2A preview

mfields@herald-leader.comNovember 30, 2012 

  • Results, Schedule

    At WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green (All times EST)

    Friday

    Class A: Mayfield 55, Fairview 8

    Class 3A: Central 12, Belfry 6 (OT)

    Class 4A: Highlands 47, Collins 0

    Saturday

    Class 2A: Caldwell Co. (11-3) vs. Newport Catholic (10-4), noon

    Class 5A: Bowling Green (14-0) vs. Cooper (13-1), 4 p.m.

    Class 6A: Pleasure Ridge Park (14-0) vs. Trinity (12-1), 8 p.m.

    Details

    Tickets: $17 and $10

    Parking: $8 and $5

    Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5

    Internet: Staff writer Mike Fields will be in Bowling Green on Saturday providing live coverage on Twitter @MikeFieldsNotes and on his blog at Kentucky.com.

    Video: Broadcasts of all the state finals games are available on iHigh.com on a same-day delayed basis. Each game can be viewed four hours after its scheduled kickoff time.

Caldwell County (11-3)

Coach: David Barnes

2012 season

Calloway County L, 34-31

Union County W, 45-15

Ohio County W, 56-20

Trigg County L, 38-37

Franklin-Simpson W, 49-13

Ballard Memorial W, 56-20

Reidland W, 56-7

Murray W, 24-21

Crittenden County W, 49-0

Mayfield L, 48-7

Playoffs

Butler County W, 51-14

Hancock County W, 52-25

Murray W, 10-7

DeSales W, 43-31Newport Catholic (10-4)

Coach: Eddie Eviston

2012 season

Dixie Heights W, 37-22

Arch. McNicholas (Ohio) L, 27-24

Campbell County L, 42-16

Simon Kenton L, 28-20

Bishop Brossart W, 58-0

Holmes L, 12-7

Lloyd W, 63-22

Newport W, 49-0

Cov. Holy Cross W, 49-10

Beechwood W, 34-14

Playoffs

Gallatin County W, 49-13

Covington Holy Cross W, 52-0

Walton-Verona W, 49-14

Somerset W, 27-18

CLASS 2A

Caldwell County vs. Newport Catholic

Kickoff: Noon (EST)

Cantrall ratings: Caldwell County 67.1, NewCath 75.7

History lesson: Caldwell County won state titles in 1963 and 1998; NewCath won championships in 1984, 2005, 2006 and 2010, and is a six-time runner-up.

Battle-tested: NewCath lost four of its first six games, including losses to Campbell County and Simon Kenton. Coach Eddie Eviston hears people say NewCath isn't supposed to beat those big schools, "but we don't take that attitude. With the history we have, we're expected to win those games."

Caldwell County leaders: The Tigers are exceptionally balanced. They've gained 2,706 yards rushing and 2,723 passing. Sophomore QB Elijah Sindelar has thrown for 2,703 yards and 30 TDs, and run for 393 yards and seven TDs. Senior Martez Sivils has 85 catches for 1,295 yards and 15 TDs. Sophomore Jaylen Boyd has rushed for 1,949 yards and 29 TDs. On defense, Dee Cain has seven interceptions.

NewCath leaders: Josh Cain has passed for 2,181 yards and 18 TDs. His top target is Mac Franzen, who has 55 catches, 1,062 yards and seven TDs. Dylan Hayes has rushed for 1,601 yards and 26 TDs. On defense, Jack Sutkamp, Ross Meek and Kalvin Moore lead in tackles. Eleven players have interceptions for the Thoroughbreds.

Key to victory: Caldwell County has fewer players going both ways, and probably has more team speed, but will those be advantages against a traditionally tough northern Kentucky opponent?

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