Flashback: St. X vs. Central
“I never thought of losing, but now that it’ s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.” – Muhammad Ali (Central class of 1960)
After another gut-wrenching loss last Friday against an excellent Moeller team, St. X will look to pick up another win this Friday at home against the Central Yellowjackets. Both teams enter the game with 3-2 records. The Tigers are currently on a one-game skid whereas the Yellowjackets are riding a three-game winning streak. Each team is especially talented, but still has some fine-tuning left to do. It should be an interesting matchup and there will be added pressure on both teams to perform as they will specifically try to exploit each other’s weaknesses.
According to the KHSAA.org scoreboard, the Tigers defeated Central by a final score of 27-13 in 2013. Tiger quarterback B.J. Nagle had a difficult time and was replaced by current quarterback Noah Houk who lit up the Yellowjacket secondary going 7 for 11 with 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wide receiver Luke Hayden had 2 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. The defense was especially aggressive as they forced 3 interceptions (two by Ryan Askin), one of which was returned for a touchdown by Andrew McCormick. Houk showed great leadership in this game as he unexpectedly replaced Nagle in the second half and performed well in his first significant varsity role.
2013- St. Xavier 27 Central 13
2012- St. Xavier 27 Central 13
2011- St. Xavier 31 Central 30
2010 St. Xavier 35 Central 20
2009 St. Xavier 36 Central 14
2008 St. Xavier 36 Central 13
2007 St. Xavier 35 Central 7
2002 St. Xavier 16 Central 12
2001 St. Xavier 31 Central 13
Will Wolford (St. Xavier 1977-1981) – Lettered four years in both football and basketball, as well as three years in track. After high school, he accepted an athletic scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he graduated in 1987. A four-year starter for the Commodores, he was a unanimous First Team All-SEC pick after his senior season, and the first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 1986 NFL draft. During his 13-year NFL career, Will played with the Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He started in three Super Bowls and three Pro Bowls and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in September of 1994.
Victor Anderson (St. Xavier 2003-2007)- St. Xavier’s all-time leading rusher and scorer with 4,008 yards and 75 touchdowns. During his time here he led St. X to a 37-4 record. Anderson had monster junior and senior seasons as he rushed for 1,576 yards and 27 touchdowns and 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns, respectively. Anderson went on to play for the Louisville Cardinals and as a freshman was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2008. Injuries plagued Anderson during his time at Louisville but he still managed to perform on a consistent basis under coaches Steve Kragthorpe and Charlie Strong. He will forever be remembered as a St. X legend.
Lenny Lyles (Central 1950-1954)- Lyles was a return specialist throughout his football career and after graduating from Central he went on to break the color barrier for scholarship athletes at the University of Louisville. Lyles remains the all-time leading scorer for a non-kicker for the Cards with 300 points. He played defensive back and running back at Louisville besides returning punts and kickoffs. He was drafted in the first round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts, teaming with Johnny Unitas. He was traded to the 49ers in 1961 before returning to the Colts for 8 more seasons. Lyles was part of what has been called “the greatest NFL game ever played,” the 1958 NFL Championship in which the Colts defeated the Giants 23-17 in sudden-death.
Corey Peters (Central 2002-2006)- Peters was a first-team All-State selection as a defensive tackle while at Central. He played college football for the Kentucky Wildcats. After big junior and senior seasons, Peters was named second-team All-SEC and entered the 2010 NFL Draft where he was selected in the third round by the Atlanta Falcons. He has recorded 120 tackles, 9 sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown since joining the team.
As far as the records of the KHSAA.org scoreboard reach, St. X has not lost to Central. It has been a one-sided affair since 2001 (the two teams did not meet from ’03-’06) but the Yellowjackets have found ways to make it interesting the past four years. The Tiger defense should keep up its dominant stand and hopefully create some turnovers to provide the offense with some extra possessions. The offense will look to get back on track after a disappointing game against Moeller. Houk will look to resurrect the Tiger offense again this year against Central as he did in 2013, and get the Tigers back on track and ready to roll into Spirit Week for the biggest game of the year. My final score prediction Friday night: St. X 35 Central 14.
Go Tigers! We Are!