Breds drop 61-0 decision in Covington Saturday, face Wildcats Friday

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By Mike Aldridge

When the score is 61-0 after the game it is hard to think of one play that may have made a big difference. But that is the case in the Harrison County Thorobreds’ 61-0 loss to Covington Catholic on Saturday afternoon.  
A first quarter fumble could have made all of the difference in the world when the outcome of the game is concerned.  
Not to say that the outmanned Thorobreds would have defeated the 6-2 Colonels but the score could have been a lot different.
The game began with the Thorobreds fumbling the opening kickoff and the Colonels driving 47 yards for the score on a Bobby Beatrice 1-yard run.  
Adam Goddard’s point-after was good and the score was 7-0 with three minutes gone in the first period.  
Then came the drive by the Thorobreds that was as good as any all year for the Breds or anyone who has played Harrison County.  
The youthful, one-senior  Breds drove the ball for the next nine minutes for a 14-play drive which brought them to the Colonels 3-yard line.  
Then on a second down play, the ball was mishandled on the handoff and Covington Catholic recovered right before the end of the first quarter.  
“The ball just didn’t get to the back,” said Coach Jim Carr following the game. “The runner may have started too slow but we just didn’t get the exchange made and that took the wind out of our sails.”
Covington Catholic drove the ball back down the field 94 yards in six plays for the next score with a 49-yard pass from highly touted quarterback Blake Bir to Evan Braun the scoring play.  
Goddard’s kick made it 14-0 with still almost 11 minutes left in the half.  
After a Breds interception, Bir hit Braun again on a 31-yard pass play and the kick made the score 21-0 with still nine minutes left in the half.  
The Colonels would score four more time in the first half and with 31 seconds in the half led by a 48-0 score.  
The second half was played under the continuous clock format and the Colonels’ back up players scored two more times for the final 61-0 tally.  
The game totals indicated the total domination of Covington Catholic’s squad.  
The Colonels had 502 yards in total offense while the Breds managed only 72. Bir threw for 191 yards with an 8-for-15 effort while Harrison County quarterback Robbie Stroub was seven for 18 and 50 yards.  
The Colonels had 13 different ball carriers who in total gained 300 yards on the ground. Zach Royce and Zack Mastin led the Breds with 21 yards each.  
One bright spot for the Thorobreds was the fact that they were only penalized one time for fifteen yards.  Covington Catholic committed five offenses for 55 yards.  
Jovon Williams led the Breds with four catches for 37 yards while Royce, Mastin and freshman Brock Jenkins each grabbed one pass.  
Braun had two catches for the game, both touchdowns, for a total of 77 yards.  
The Thorobreds travel to Pendleton County Friday night for a district encounter, which will decide the fourth place spot in the district standings. The Wildcats are 1-7 with a win over Bishop Brossart the one shining spot on their record.