“Who Are These Guys?”: Daviess County
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger
Good afternoon, Tiger Nation. Today, Saint Xavier Football begins the road to the promised land. Today, the Tigers will start a postseason that they hope will end in the program’s first State Championship since 2009. After a disappointing end to the season against Cincinnati Saint Xavier, St. X finished the regular season with a record of 6-4, and wins over Trinity and Manual earned them the 2nd seed in the 26th District. The Tigers’ first playoff opponent will be 4-6 Daviess County of District 1, which comes to Br. Thomas More Stadium for a 7:30 PM tilt. Let’s learn a little bit more about our opponent.
School Colors: Scarlet Red, White, and Black
Location: 4255 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303
Notable People Associated with Daviess County:
Darrell Waltrip is a NASCAR legend. He is second all-time in the NASCAR modern era with 84 wins, and won three NASCAR Cup Series Championships. He also won the 1989 Daytona 500. He is now the lead NASCAR commentator for FOX.
Jeremy Mayfield is a former NASCAR driver who last competed in 2009. During his racing career, Mayfield drove for multiple teams, including Penske Racing.
Tyrone Hopson played college football for the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels before being selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played for both the 49ers and the Detroit Lions during his NFL career, which ended in 2004.
Wayne Chapman followed his father, Rex, in leading an illustrious basketball career. After graduating from Daviess County, Chapman starred at Western Kentucky University. He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 16th round of the 1967 NBA Draft, but after he did not make the team, he was selected again in the 1968 NBA Draft by the Baltimore Bullets, this time in the 9th round. He was then drafted by the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association, and chose to join the Colonels. During his ABA career, he played for the Colonels, the Denver Rockets and the Indiana Pacers for a total of 206 games. After his playing career was over, he returned to Owensboro and coached Apollo High School basketball, and later coached Kentucky Wesleyan University from 1985 to 1990. He coached the Panthers to two Division II National Championships.
Coach: Marcus Kimbrell
Top players: Samuel Spiceson (RB), Adam Bouchard (QB), John Stratton (WR), Braxton Hurley (LB)
Last year: 6-5. Lost to Ohio County in the first round of the 2013 Class 6A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl
Last Game: Defeated Ohio County on the road, 33-22.