Houk throws for 6 Touchdowns against 4 local opponents
Story by Evan Heichelbech
Tiger Football was back in action Tuesday night as they hosted a 7 on 7 mini-round robin tournament featuring Fern Creek, Ballard, Southern and Seneca. It was great practice for all of the schools involved. Each team switched off after totaling 15 plays on offense and 15 plays on defense. Every team played four games (St. X split into two units).
The first opponent for St. X’s first unit was Fern Creek. It was a slow start on both sides of the ball as the defense had trouble stopping Fern Creek’s passing attack. Eventually, QB Noah Houk hooked up with Michael Ackerman for a score and the offense began to flow. The defense regained its balance on the second series and kept the opposing Tigers from getting into the end zone again.
Next up was Seneca. The defense got going early, coming up with its first interception of any quarterback. After forcing the Seneca offense to stall, the defense trotted off the field and began to get into a rhythm and Houk found senior wideouts Jaylon Hibbs, J.R. Johnson and Ackerman for three long scores. Mike Ervin kept the defense alive with another interception, and limited the Seneca offense’s firepower. It was a strong effort on both sides for the Tigers.
The next game was a preview of the season opener against Ballard. The defense was very stingy at the start, and remained that way as junior Ian Kania intercepted the Bruins quarterback to kill any momentum. Houk and the offense retook the field and went to work. Although they couldn’t find the end zone, the receivers and Houk connected on nearly every possession. The first series was highlighted by a great catch and run from senior wideout Mason King. Even though the game ended in a scoreless draw, it was a very strong showing for both teams and perhaps was an indicator of what the season opener on August 22 will have in store for us. That game too will be played inside Br. Thomas More Stadium at 7:30 PM and has been designated Alumni Night in coordination with the 150th Anniversary of St. Xavier.
At the end of the tournament all teams walked away with more valuable experience under their belts. As for St. X, the defense proved to be strong and able to bounce back after any sluggish starts. The offense showcased its ability to heat up in a hurry and looks like it is gaining some crucial chemistry as the weeks progress. Quarterback play was solid once again from Houk and junior A.J. Breit. Breit started out 9 for 10 in his last game against Southern and threw one TD. Houk went for a total of six touchdowns and showed his veteran savvy with zero interceptions on the day. The Tigers are coming along quite nicely in the summer and will be back in action on August 9 in their intrasquad scrimmage.