Helmet Stickers: Players That Shined Against Trinity
It was a game to remember, last Friday. The St. Xavier Tigers beat the Trinity Shamrocks for the first time since 2009. So many tough losses over the past seven meetings of the teams for the Tigers were finally forgotten after the 35-21 dominating performance by St. X. It took everybody on the team to be all in and focused on one common goal. Trinity is a dangerous team and is not going to be an easy game if we happen to see them again, but on Friday, we were by far the better team. Mentally and physically. Lots of guys made some primetime plays and as such they deserve a special shoutout today. In the spirit of College Gameday, here are our choices for the guys deserving of a new helmet decal after Week 7:
The sophomore sensation stole the show against Trinity as he broke free time after time on the jet sweep. Trinity had no answer for Roshkowksi all night long. He finished with 5 carries for 96 yards, but his first score set the tone for the whole game as he walked in untouched to put St. Xavier up 7-0 with Ben Logsdon’s extra point. He even had his own featured story in the Courier-Journal about his breakout performance because he only had one carry coming into the game against the Rocks, but that didn’t matter. We knew he would be a big time player because of his great play earlier this year on the lacrosse field a part of the state championship team that crushed Trinity in the title game. Trinity just can’t stop Blake Roshkowski in any sport.
Another non-senior stepped up big time for his older teammates. Colin O’Daniel hauled in a huge 30-yard touchdown catch to put the Tigers up 21-0 early in the game. He blew past his defender showing some speed that has been unfamiliar to guys in green and gold in past years. Trinity’s defensive backs were just not prepared for the speed of O’Daniel, Michael Ackerman and Roshkowski. O’Daniel also set up the game-sealing touchdown by taking the kick off return back all the way to the Trinity 47 which made it easy for the Tiger Offense to clinch their first win over their rivals in a long time.
It goes without saying that Noah shined the brightest on the biggest stage. The senior quarterback exemplifies everything it is to be a St. Xavier football player. He made play after play when his team needed it most and carried this program to one of their biggest wins since he was in the 7th grade. Just like we predicted, he would follow in his father’s footsteps and defeat the Rocks… scary how history repeats itself.
Coach Chad Lyons
A special helmet sticker goes to not a player, but Offensive Coordinator Chad Lyons. Coach Lyons put together a spectacular game plan that was well executed, but seemed to simply dominate the Shamrock defense. The big plays were something that we haven’t seen out of a St. X offense in a long time and for the players that were getting wide open into space, that is just great play calling mixed with a lot of talent of course. Houk made the plays, but without the preparation from Coach Lyons, this game could have gone a different way. Congrats on the win Coach!