Highlands vs. Boyle County
Regular Season: Week 0
Date/Time: Friday, August 17 at 7:30PM
Location: David Cecil Memorial Stadium, Highlands High School
Fort Thomas Highlands begins the 2012 regular season Friday evening, hosting the Boyle County Rebels. Highlands and Boyle County are two of the top teams in Kentucky Class 4A; the Bluebirds are ranked first and Boyle County is ranked third in the current Class 4A coaches' poll published by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Last year, Highlands defeated Boyle County by a score of 35-14 in the season opener, snapping the Rebels' 30-game win streak. The defending Class 4A state champion Bluebirds finished 2011 with a perfect 15-0 record, and Boyle County completed 2011 with a 9-4 mark. Since 1998, these two programs have amassed a total of 16 state titles (nine for Highlands and seven for Boyle County). The Bluebirds enter 2012 riding a 20-game win streak. Highlands and Boyle County share the state record for most consecutive state titles, with five apiece. Highlands hopes to break the tie this year, as the Bluebirds have won five straight championships heading into the current season.
In other news, Highlands has been receiving positive attention in the sports media in recent weeks. The Cats' Pause 2012 high school football preview lists Highlands as the preseason favorite to win the Kentucky Class 4A, District 7 title this year, and has named quarterback Donovan McCoy a Co-Preseason Player of the Year in the district. Wide receiver David Christian, defensive back Blake Schutte, running back Colin Seidl and wide receiver Luke Turner have all been named as district Players to Watch, according to The Cats' Pause. McCoy has also been named one of the top 50 prep football players in Kentucky by the Lexington Herald-Leader, based upon a survey of coaches. McCoy, Schutte and Turner have been named in a list of 12 Northern Kentucky "Seniors to Watch" by the Cincinnati Enquirer, and running back Zach Harris has been listed as one of the top six juniors in Northern Kentucky by the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Bluebirds are ranked first in Northern Kentucky, regardless of football classification, according to the Northern Kentucky Preseason Coaches' Poll, published by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Highlands is ranked first in Kentucky Class 4A in preseason coaches' polls put out by both the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Louisville Courier-Journal. In addition, Highlands enters 2012 ranked 10th in the Midwest Region according to PrepNation.