Tiger Football falls to Rocks 20-15
The Tigers and Rocks met in the annual clash for the shillelagh at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. It was rainy, windy and cold, and the Tigers fell to the Rocks 20-15.
The game started out well for the Tigers, as the Trinity kick returner bobbled the ball, and the Trinity offense went three and out. When attempting to punt, the snap was errant, and the Tigers gained possession at the three yard line. Two plays later, Desmond Ridder took a keeper to the outside and scored giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead early in the game. On the ensuing drive Trinity drove the length of the field, thanks to their run game, and scored. A quick three and out by the Tigers gave the Rocks another chance, and they were driving when the first quarter came to an end.
On the first play of the second quarter the Rocks ran it in and made the score 14-7. After the Tigers failed to answer, Trinity scored and brought the score to 20-7 after the PAT was blocked. After this score, the teams traded three and outs until with less than 30 seconds left, the Trinity punter could not handle the snap and ended up going down at the 20 yard line. The Tigers settled for a 27 yard field goal from Sam McDonough as time expired, and the score at halftime was 20-10.
On the opening possession of the second half the Tigers put together what would be their best drive of the game driving over 70 yards, but failing to get into the end zone as Sam McDonough would make a chip shot that would bring the score to 20-13. On the following drive, the Tigers forced a three and out and Trinity’s long snapping issues continued as the snap went sailing out of the end zone for a safety. The score was 20-15 when Blake Roshkowski took the free kick to midfield. It appeared as if the Tigers were about to regain the lead when Desmond Ridder was picked off. That was Ridder’s first of three picks in the second half. The defense would stand strong, stopping the Rocks on fourth down multiple times and giving the Tigers a shot to win with 1:12 left and the ball on their own 22. Ridder would orchestrate a drive that got the Tigers to near midfield with enough time for one final heave to the end zone. Ridder threw the ball through the rain and it was tipped by a Trinity defender. Patrick Ritter was close to the ball and, in a perfect world, would have made the catch and run into the end zone giving the Tigers a victory over the Rocks. But the pass fell to the turf, and the game ended 20-15 with Trinity winning.
The Tigers’ offense was not at its best, but they did what they could and had a chance to win the game at the end. The defense, though not spectacular in the first half, absolutely dominated the second half and was the reason the Tigers had a chance to win the game. While the result may not have been what we desired, the atmosphere was amazing, the game was entertaining, and the way that the team and students carried themselves after the game reaffirmed something we all already know, that Saint Xavier High School is the greatest school in the nation.