Courier-Journal Previews Tiger Football
The Courier-Journal rolled out its preseason high school football coverage over the past few days with tons of great insight into the Tiger Football team’s upcoming season that starts in just TWO DAYS! Jason Frakes compiled a lot of great information about the Tigers’ upcoming season and even spoke with Coach Wolford about what to expect in 2014 from St. Xavier on the gridiron. You can also read WSTX Sports’ Tiger Football Team Preview here.
“The learning curve from Year One to Year Two as a coach or a player can be night and day, and it’s been that for me as well,” Wolford said. “With the number of kids involved here, it’s so much nicer to know more than just their names now. … It’s a whole lot more fun, and I’m certainly more comfortable.”
Read the Frakes’ full preview about St. Xavier reloading in Wolford’s 2nd year.
The Courier-Journal high school football preseason rankings were conducted by polling football coaches across the state.
1. Scott County
4. St. Xavier
6. McCracken County
7. Meade County
9. Simon Kenton
10. Henry Clay
Preseason coaches’ polls for the districts that include Louisville-area teams. Coaches could not vote for their own teams.
3. St. Xavier
Coach: Will Wolford (second season).
Starters back: Offense 2, defense 1.
Class: 6-A, District 4.
Player to watch: Senior running back TaiJon Smith (5 feet 9, 170 pounds) was stuck behind Charles Walker, Austin Davis and Treyveon Percell the past couple of years but will be the Tigers’ featured back this season. “TaiJon really has stepped up to be that No. 1 guy,” Wolford said. “He has very good top-end speed. He’s very much a slasher. He’s not a big guy and not going to run over a lot of people, which is good. Hopefully he’ll stay healthy.”
Other top players: QB Noah Houk (Sr.), OL Nathan Scheler (Sr.), OL Tyler Haycraft (Sr.), LB Dylan McFarland (Sr.), LB Connor Barnes (Sr.), LB Kyle Oliver (Sr.), DB Davey Sermersheim (Sr.).
Outlook: Wolford says he feels more comfortable in his second season as the Tigers’ head coach and is hoping his team feels more comfortable with him. Houk (6-4, 195) put on some size during the off-season and has become a leader, Wolford said. “He’s really matured the past year,” Wolford said. “He runs really well for a guy his size, but he’s definitely a pass-first quarterback.” Scheler and Haycraft are the only returning starters on offense and will anchor the line. Wolford is confident about his front seven on defense but concerned about inexperience in the secondary.
2014 Tiger Football Schedule
8/22 – Ballard
8/29 – Bryan Station (at Lexington Catholic High School)
9/5 – at Bowling Green
9/12 – Fairdale
9/19 – Moeller
9/26 – Central
10/3 – Trinity (at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium)
10/10 – at Male
10/17 – Manual
10/31 – at St. Xavier
Biggest shoes to fill: St. Xavier had a solid trio of running backs the past two years in Charles Walker, Austin Davis and Treyveon Percell but lost all three to graduation. Senior TaiJon Smith (5-9, 170) is expected to be the Tigers’ featured back this season.