St. X vs. Trinity Positional Breakdown: Offensive Line and Tight End
The Offensive lineman is the most disrespected and underrated position in football. Never praised, always scrutinized. But it all starts up front, and that means the offensive lines for both the Tigers and Shamrocks will have big assignments on Friday night.
St. Xavier Depth Chart
– #68 Michael Sehlinger LT- 6’2”| 250 lbs.| Senior
– #65 Palmer Thompson LG- 6’2”| 260 lbs.| Senior
– #62 Nathan Scheler C – 6’2”| 270 lbs.| Senior
– #64 Lowell Brown RG- 6’4”| 235 lbs.| Senior
– #70 Tyler Haycraft RT- 6’4”| 255 lbs.| Senior
– #85 Davis Kannapell TE- 6’3”| 230lbs.| Senior
St. Xavier Overview
The Tigers returned two starters from last year’s O-Line in Scheler and Haycraft. The offensive line has done very well this year in run blocking and has created some gaping holes for TaiJon Smith and John Martinez to run through. The average height of the Tiger O-Line is a modest 6’3” but they play bigger and more physical than that. Defenses have attacked with stifling blitzes on third downs this year, and the line has had trouble picking up those blitzes on third down a few times this season. In the loss to Moeller, the line gave up several critical third down sacks that cost the offense points, particularly in the red zone. Expect to see a lot of run blocking tomorrow night and an improved pass blocking scheme that has refocused and helped the offense put up 46 points last week against Central.
Senior tight end Davis Kannapell has shown flashes of brilliance this season. When the ball is thrown his way, he usually picks up the first down and then some. The thing that makes Davis so effective is his athleticism. For a tight end, he has good speed and is very hard to take down, not to mention his outstanding hands. Tiger Nation has seen him reel off some big gainers this season and it wouldn’t be a bold prediction to say that Kannapell will have a big impact on “The Game”. If the offense would go to “Big Wave Dave” more often, perhaps it would open up a whole new world of play calling opportunities.
Trinity Depth Chart
– #51 Bryant Colvin C- 6’3”| 255 lbs.| Junior
– #79 Max Martin RG- 6’4”| 275 lbs.| Junior
– #75 Justin Karem RT- 6’3”| 221 lbs.| Senior
– #76 Chris Tipton LG- 6’1”| 245 lbs.| Senior
– #61 Michael Hiestand LT- 6’5”| 215 lbs.| Senior
– #14 Andrew Delvisco TE- 6’2”| 210 lbs.| Senior
The Trinity offensive line has not slacked a bit this season as it has allowed Donald Brooks to lead the state in yards through the first six games. The pass blocking has been solid all season long as well, and most recently allowed Ryan Young to dissect the Cathedral defense.
“They are definitely more comfortable in run blocking situations,” Young said. “Our line is one of the offense’s strengths.”
Young appreciates his O-line’s performance up to this point and he has no reason not to.
Senior Andrew Delvisco started his Trinity career as quarterback but that’s not where you’ll find him today. Delvisco is now catching passes from Young as a tight end. He provides a big target for his quarterback and is an effective blocker as well.
EDGE: This is another tough one to call. The strength of both teams’ run blocking ability far outweighs their abilities in pass blocking. I’m going to call this one a draw, and here’s my reasoning. First off, the run blocking abilities are just about even because of each team’s success on the ground thus far. But the Trinity pass blocking has been better to this point than St. X’s has. So now the score is 1-0 Trinity. However, if you consider the tight end position away from blocking, then I feel like Kannapell has a clear advantage due to his sheer athleticism and physical play. St. X 1, Trinity 1. It’s a draw, but you know who I would put my money on if I had to.