Fort Thomas Highlands, ranked first in the current Northern Kentucky prep football poll, hosts Class 6A Ryle this Friday. Ryle is ranked second in the Northern Kentucky prep football poll. The Raiders have returned a lot of talent and experience from last year's squad that finished 2009 with an 8-4 record; two of Ryle's four 2009 losses came against Highlands. Ryle (1-0), led by quarterback Conner Hempel and running back Travis Elliott, punished Covington Catholic 61-7 in the first week of the 2010 season. Class 5A Highlands (1-0) defeated Class 6A Louisville DuPont Manual 45-14 in the first week of play.
Last season, Highlands and Ryle played each other twice, with the Bluebirds winning both contests by scores of 37-14 and 31-14. The two programs play each other twice again this season; the second game of the series, played at Ryle, is scheduled for the last week of the 2010 regular season and will be televised live on Fox Sports Ohio. Highlands is 8-1 all-time against Ryle.
The game will be held at Highlands High School of Friday, August 27 at 7:30PM.
USA Today will be broadcasting this game live on USAToday.com.
In addition to the varsity action, the Highlands junior varsity (JV) team will play the Ryle JV team on Saturday, August 28 at 10:00AM; the game will be held at Ryle. The Highlands freshman team will take of the Louisville Saint Xavier freshman team on Friday, August 28 at 7:30PM, at Highlands. These contests will be the first games of the 2010 season for both the Highlands JV and the Highlands freshman squads.