Fairdale vs. Saint Xavier: The Preview

Tyler Haycraft and TaiJon Smith will go to work Friday night against Fairdale on Senior Night. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tyler Haycraft and TaiJon Smith will go to work Friday night against Fairdale on Senior Night. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

It’s Future Tiger Night and Senior Night all wrapped into one when the Tiger Football team takes on Fairdale tonight. The Tigers will honor the seniors who have worked hard for the past 4 years. Usually, Senior Night takes place on the last home game of the year, but this year, it has been moved to tonight as part of a brand-new format change introduced by Tiger Head Coach Will Wolford.  We will have more on this topic later, but back to the game.

The 2-1 Tigers will take on the o-2 Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. at Brother Thomas More Stadium. Tiger Football lost a very tough game 6-0 in OT at Bowling Green last Friday night, and Fairdale lost to a solid Male team 56-6. The Tigers come home with a fire behind them, while Fairdale is struggling early in the season.

Last year, St. X shut out the Bulldogs at St. X with a final line of 50-0. The Tigers meeting versus Fairdale last year was the first meeting between the teams since 2000. Fairdale has lost 14 straight games, and this will be a very tough game for the Bulldogs, as the Tigers enter tonight’s bout with a lot of motivation. St. X will want to get back to their winning ways, especially with it being phase one of Senior Night.

If the game turns out to be anything like last year, Tiger Nation will have an opportunity to see many players take the field that don’t normally play much. Look for senior defensive backs Ty Spalding and Daniel Bowling, senior defensive end Ryan Fleming, senior offensive guard Andrew Roth, and senior wide receiver Adam Blandford to have a big impact on the outcome of the game on their special night.

However, the Tigers’ starters will also be back on the field to show that last week won’t define their season. The defense will be led by seniors Davey Semersheim, Jackie Arnold, Tyler Boarman, and Brandon Blaser. These 4 had a total of 5 tackles last week, and they will look to have strong games tonight. The Tigers were led by Connor Barnes and Kyle Oliver last week with 4.5 tackles, and they should perform well once again. Barnes also had 2.5 tackles for loss, and he will surely be lurking in the Bulldogs’ backfield.

As always, look out for senior running back TaiJon Smith and senior wide receiver Jaylon Hibbs, for they always have the ability to make a big play. Both of these guys have the talent to find an opening and take it all the way to the end zone. Keep track of #21 and #22 tonight. Also keep an eye out for senior tight end Davis Kannapell, who had a big game in Bowling Green.

Tonight will be an exciting experience; the future generation of Tigers can witness a show on turf, while the seniors can enjoy a night that should yield multiple big plays and plenty of points throughout the game. There is one thing you can count on, Tiger Nation: This will be a fun one.

It may get so fun that the scoreboard shows an uncommon final line.  Stay tuned, Tiger Nation, as the Bulldogs will almost assuredly be chasing the men in green and gold.

As it pertains to the potential outcome, we will leave you with the wise words of urban philosopher Chief Keef: “Bang Bang.”

Go Tigers! We Are!

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About Cole Bollinger

Editor for WSTX Sports

Posted on September 12, 2014, in Tiger Football and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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