Tiger Football handles Pioneers, takes home 24-14 Victory
The match-up date was changed at the last minute, but the expected result stayed right were it was supposed to.
Saint Xavier Football defeated Simon Kenton 24-14 in an exhibition game Saturday morning in Independence, Kentucky. Although it will not count for anything, it was certainly a sign that this year’s Tigers are heading in the right direction as the season starts up.
Senior wide receiver Jaylon Hibbs made the biggest splash of the day, catching two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Noah Houk. His first grab came on a 78-yard bomb from Houk that he took right out of the hands of the Pioneer cornerback defending him, showing his great ability in jump-ball situations.
“I actually ran the wrong route on that one,” Hibbs said with a chuckle. “I ran a go route, but I was supposed to run a post route.”
His second touchdown came on a quarterback bootleg, where he ran a crossing route and snagged a 22-yard score.
“I felt really good out there,” Hibbs explained, with shouts of “Randy Moss” and “All-American” coming in the background. “That’s all I need to say.”
The other points were provided by junior wide receiver Corey Clements, who a took a slant pass from junior quarterback A.J. Breit 75 yards to paydirt, and kicker Michael Bennett, who added a field goal.
The Tiger defense was very solid as well, allowing an early touchdown and a touchdown late in the game. They forced one interception, courtesy of senior linebacker Carter Mattingly Senior linebacker Trace Amshoff was pleased with the unit’s effort.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Amshoff said. “We forced a lot of three-and-outs and we were getting to the ball.”
The signature defensive series came with Simon Kenton driving in the red zone with St. X leading 14-7. A pass interference penalty gave the Pioneers the ball at the Tigers’ two yard line. On second and goal, junior cornerback Ian Kania initially stopped a Simon Kenton running back at the line of scrimmage, and after breaking a few more tackles, the Tigers gang tackled him for a 13 yard loss. The series ultimately ended with Simon Kenton turning it over on downs.
“Coach Bruner has been telling us to buckle down in the tight moments down on the goal line,” Amshoff explanied. “Fortunately, we were able to do that.
“That was so intense,” Kania said of the goal-line stand. “It was awesome.”
As year number two of his tenure is getting ready to begin, Head Coach Will Wolford like what he saw out of his team today.
“It was great. This was a lot of guys’ first rodeo, so it was good to get them out there. I think we are ready.
That’s good to hear from the head honch0, because the regular season is under a week away! Tiger Football opens the season on Friday, August 15th against Ballard on Alumni Night.
Tiger Nation, you too need to be prepared for Friday! We Are!