UNION, Ky. – Cooper capitalized on early turnovers, and Newport Central Catholic could not muster enough offense to weather the deficit.
The Jaguars rolled the Thoroughbreds in a 31-0 drubbing at Randle Cooper High School on Friday night.
The Jaguars (2-0) defense forced two turnovers and held the Thoroughbreds to just 55 yards of total offense in the first half. Cooper took advantage of both miscues, turning them into 10 points, which helped them build an early 17-0 lead.
The contest got off to a slow, sluggish start as the teams traded punts throughout the first quarter. Neither squad was able to get the running game going as defenses clogged the box.
It was Cooper that made the adjustment.
At the end of the first quarter, the Jaguars decided to try throwing over the rushing linebackers of Newport Central Catholic (0-1). Senior quarterback Billy Prickett found sophomore receiver Chad Michaels for a 49-yard touchdown to get the Jaguars on the board.
“Last week, and early on in this game we were pretty conservative because of the weather conditions,” Cooper head coach Randy Borchers said. “NewCath was loading the box, begging us to take the deep ball. Linebackers were flying up and we were able to get over the top.”
With just under six minutes to go in the second quarter; Cooper’s defense turned up the heat on NCC quarterback Erik Anderson. Anderson threw two interceptions in those final minutes of the first half.
Prickett completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Dante Hendrix to take advantage of the first turnover. A successful 2-point conversion gave the Jaguars a 14-0 lead.
Cooper’s junior defensive back Justin Parks was on the end of Anderson’s second errant throw two drives later with a minute remaining in the half.
Junior running back Torey Cordell-Armstrong burst down field for a 70-yard run to set up a field goal with two seconds left in the half that gave the Jaguars a 17-0 lead into the break.
Cooper broke the goal line two times in the latter half. The defense held Newport Central Catholic to just four drives in the second half, and the Thoroughbreds punted once and turned the ball over on downs three times.
Newport Central Catholic had just 145 total yards on offense. Anderson was 8 of 20 for 60 yards with two interceptions.
The Jaguars finished the contest with 358 total yards on offense. Prickett threw for 184 yards and three touchdowns, completing 12 of 16 passes. He also had one rushing touchdown. Cordell-Armstrong tallied 134 yards on 16 carries.
Cooper will host in-county rival Boone County (1-1), while Newport Central Catholic looks to rebound against Dixie Heights (0-0) in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown on Sept. 5.