By Terry Boehmker
sports journalist NKyTribune
The Boone County football team have a record of mid-season regular-season wins for the first time since 2011. It puts the Rebels in a good mood for their first-class district ranking game. 5A against Conner on Friday in Florence.
Both teams are 3-2. If Boone County breaks their six-game losing streak against Conner, it will be another step forward for the Rebels, who are 0-8 against opponents in the District over the past two years.
Boone County’s first five games this season were against lower-class teams who went 13-12. The Rebels averaged 224 yards on offense and allowed 207 yards on defense in those games.
Junior quarterback Richard West is the Rebels’ offensive leader. He averages 146 yards per game with a total of 464 assists and 265 rushing at the top of the team.
But it was junior running back Jeremiah Williams who scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to give Boone County a 21-13 victory over Walton-Verona last Friday.
Conner has played four of his first five games against Class 6A teams and all five opponents are 10-14 combined. The Cougars are averaging 256 yards on offense and giving up 298 yards on defense.
Conner senior quarterback Alex Castrucci last week rushed for 73 yards, scored three touchdowns and threw a 35-yard pass to Terry Phillips in his team’s 38-7 win over Campbell County.
Castrucci is averaging 152 yards per game with a total of 425 passes and 337 rushing. The Cougars’ other offensive threat is junior running back Alijah Thompson, the team manager for rushing yards (437) and touchdowns (9).
Cooper at Covington Catholic is the other Class 5A District Classification Game on Friday’s schedule. CovCath hasn’t lost a District game in the past five years.
The other district clashes are Walton-Verona in County Gallatin in Class 2A and Rowan County in Scott in Class 4A. The last time Walton-Verona lost a District game was in 2013.
High school football schedule
Cooper (3-1) at Covington Catholic (2-3), 7 p.m.
Highlands (3-2) at Dixie Heights, (2-2), 7 p.m.
Conner (3-2) at Boone County (3-2), 7 p.m.
Walton-Verona (2-3) at County Gallatin (0-3), 7:30 p.m.
Ludlow (1-3) at Brossart (5-0), 7 p.m.
Rowan County (3-2) at Scott (3-2), 7:30 p.m.
Campbell County (1-4) at George Rogers Clark (2-3), 7:30 p.m.
Sainte-Croix (1-4) at Holmes (3-1), 7 p.m.
Simon Kenton (0-4) at Connersville, Indiana (1-4), 7:30 p.m.
Newport Central Catholic (3-2) at Newport (1-4), 7 p.m.