High School Football

Raglin helps LexCath beat CovCath

Few complaints from Coach Bill Letton after his Lexington Catholic Knights won the second game of their Republic Bank Bluegrass Bowl.

Greg Raglin ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns as the Knights edged Covington Catholic 23-17 Saturday night.

Woodford County downed Western Hills 28-22 in the opener.

"Good experience, the first two weeks," Letton said. "We've had to come from behind; we've had to play from ahead. Good stuff in preparation for what we hope is a long playoff run."

The Knights won their season opener a week earlier, 43-33, over Whitley County.

Saturday, the Knights saw a 16-7 halftime lead cut to 16-14 through three quarters.

Letton did bemoan that his team wasted multiple red-zone opportunities.

"The offense has got to realize that we've got to put points on the board when we get down there," he said.

Leo Schaffer notched the Colonels' second touchdown of the night on a 2-yard run with 3:55 left in the quarter.

But Raglin's second score of the game, on a 4-yard run, pushed the lead back to five, 21-16, with 11:37 left in the game.

The Colonels got the ball back three more times. They lost the ball on downs, punted and scored on Evan Talkers' 30-yard field goal with 27 seconds left.

However, an onside kick failed and the Knights killed the clock.

"I think we're going to be pretty good when we get healthy," Letton said. "We've got a lot of key guys who've yet to play this year due to injuries. It's been kind of a patchwork thing. ... But, in the long run, it's going to make us better because we're building some depth. We're getting some experience for guys who we didn't think would be playing a whole lot of varsity minutes for us."

Among the key wounded are Loyd Amos, Nick Letton, John Sam Steele and Patrick Hager.

LexCath scored the only two points of the first quarter on a sack in the end zone.

CovCath took a 7-2 lead with 10:26 left in the half as quarterback Braden Erpenbeck scored on a 5-yard run.

The Knights took the lead back with 4:33 left, when Nic Ward hooked up with Ryne Least for an 11-yard TD pass.

Raglin added a 52-yard scoring run 2:10 before intermission.

"It went so fast," Raglin said. "It's not just me. You've got to give credit to the O-line. ... They make me look good."

Raglin gained 103 yards on 11 first-half carries. He finished with 125 yards on 20 carries and was named the team MVP of the game. He also caught three passes for 37 yards.

"We started out good," Raglin said. "We didn't do that last week, so I guess that was a key part of our success today. The O-line blocked really good."

Ward finished with 122 passing yards, going 15-for-27, and ran six times for 43 yards.

Least had a busy night. He caught three passes for 34 yards, and added 90 yards on four returns — two punts and two kickoffs. He also led the Knights with six tackles.

Schaffer, who ran 13 times for 138 yards, won CovCath's MVP award.

Erpenbeck completed 11 of 25 passes for 94 yards, with one interception.

CovCath narrowly outgained LexCath, 322 yards to 314.

Paul Ritter led the Colonels with 81/2 tackles, including one for a loss.

Covington Catholic 0 7 7 3—17

Lexington Catholic 2 14 0 7—23

LC—Safety (sack in end zone); CC—Braden Erpenbeck 5 run (Evan Talkers kick); LC—Ryne Least 11 pass from Nic Ward (Ward run); LC—Greg Raglin 52 run (kick failed); CC—Leo Schaffer 2 run (Talkers kick); LC—Raglin 4 run (Adam Bush kick); CC—Talkers 30 field goal.