2009 Week One: Highlands 19 Louisville Manual 8
Date/Time: Friday, August 21 at 7:30PM
Location: Louisville Manual
Defending Kentucky Class 5A champion Fort Thomas Highlands traveled to Louisville and defeated Class 6A Louisville DuPont Manual 19-8 in the first week of football action. On offense, running back Austin Collinsworth amassed 66 yards rushing on 14 carries. Collinsworth scored Highlands' first 2 touchdowns of the game, giving the 'Birds a 13-0 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Highlands extended the lead to 19-0 after running back Tyler Fennell ran for a score. The touchdown run was set up by a 48-yard pass from quarterback Will Bardo (who was starting his first varsity game for the Bluebirds) to wide receiver Nick Buten. Manual scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to make the score 19-8 in Highlands' favor; the Bluebirds' defense did not give up any more points in the contest. Highlands outgained Manual in total yardage by a count of 247 yards to 209 yards.
The Highlands junior varsity (JV) and freshman teams do not begin their seasons until next week.
- Highlands' 2009 varsity record: 1-0 (0-0 in district play)
- Highlands' 2009 JV record: 0-0
- Highlands' 2009 freshman record: 0-0