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Tigers Pick Up First Win of Spirit Week against Trinity

Tiger Baseball is still beating Trinity even though it's October | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Baseball is still beating Trinity even though it’s October | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

The first victory for St. X over Trinity this fall season has come. But it may be surprising as to which team claimed the first triumph over the Rocks.

Tiger Baseball has been practicing low-key since its State Championship in June, playing as the Ryken Baseball Club, which has been underway for a few months now. After a loss to Trinity on Sunday, the Tigers struck back and avenged that loss on Monday.

Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the score read 2-0 in favor of Trinity. After 2 outs were made, the bases were loaded for junior Brian O’Neil, usually designated as a pitcher only. O’Neil fell behind in the count early and the squad was down to its last strike. O’Neil swung at the next pitch without any doubt and ripped a 3-run triple into the right-centerfield gap to erase the deficit and earn Ryken a walk-off 3-2 victory.

Way to lead off Spirit Week the right way, squad. Prepare for more routs of the Rocks this week, Tiger Nation.

Flashback: St. X vs. Central

Tyler Boarman, Jackie Arnold, and Brandon Blaser will look lock down another passing attack this week. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tyler Boarman, Jackie Arnold, and Brandon Blaser will look to lock down another passing attack this week against Central. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

“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.

LAST MATCHUP

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.

SERIES OVERVIEW

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

ALL-TIME GREATS

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.

 

TRENDS/PREDICTION

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!

“Who Are These Guys?”: Moeller

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“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” – Terry Bradshaw

This Friday, St. X will take on the Archbishop Moeller High in one of the biggest games of the year. The Tigers will take the field on Friday night trying to snap a four game losing streak against the Crusaders. It will be a huge game, and the crowd is expected to be extra rowdy because it’s Patriotic Night. There will be plenty of pregame hype about that later, so now it’s time to get to know the Moeller Crusaders.

Mascot: Fighting Crusaders

School Colors: Gold and Blue

Location: 9001 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Notable People Associated with Moeller:

Ken Griffey Jr. with some of his hardware. | Photo via

Ken Griffey Jr. with some of his hardware. | Photo via seattletimes.com

 

Ken Griffey Jr. (1983-1987)- Griffey excelled at baseball and football while at Moeller. He received the honors of being the U.S. high school baseball player of the year in 1987 and was also a heavily pursued running back by many top Division I college football programs across the country. The surefire Hall of Famer debuted for the Seattle Mariners in 1989 and last played for the Mariners in 2010. Throughout his illustrious twenty-one year career, Griffey played with the Seattle Mariners (1989-1999), Cincinnati Reds (2000-2008) and Chicago White Sox (2008) before returning to the Seattle from 2009-2010. Griffey will go down as one of the most decorated players ever, as he was a 13x time All-Star, 7x Silver Slugger Award winner, 10x Gold Glove Award winner and the 1997 AL MVP.

 

HOF shortstop Barry Larkin | Photo via

HOF shortstop Barry Larkin | Photo via nofavoriteteam.mlblogs.com

 Barry Larkin (1978-1982)- Larkin starred at Moeller as a football player and standout shortstop on the baseball team. He accepted a football scholarship to the University of Michigan to play under coach Bo Schembechler, but eventually decided to focus solely on baseball. After leading the Wolverines to two College World Series, he made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 1986. Larkin retired after 18 years in the MLB after becoming a 12x All-Star, 9x Silver Slugger Award winner, 3x Golden Glove Award winner and the 1995 NL MVP. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2012 and won a World Series with the Reds in 1990.

 

Bob Crable was a linebacker for the New York Jets. | Photo via

Bob Crable was a linebacker for the New York Jets. | Photo via thejetpress.com

Bob Crable (1973-1977)- Crable played linebacker for the Crusaders and led them to three consecutive football state championships and a perfect record of 36–0 over three seasons. After high school, he went on to play for the University of Notre Dame where he was a consensus All-American in 1980 and 1981. In 1982 Crable was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He spent five seasons with the Jets until knee injuries derailed him into retirement. Crable later returned to Moeller in 1992 as a coach and teacher. He spent seven seasons as the head coach of Moeller from 2000-2007.

 

Greg Jones won a Super Bowl with the Giants. | Photo via

Greg Jones won a Super Bowl with the Giants. | Photo via celebpictu.com

Greg Jones (2003-2007)- Jones was a two-time All-Greater Catholic League and PrepStar All-Midwest Team selection at Moeller and played under coach Bob Crable. Jones was rated as a 3 star recruit after high school and attended Michigan State University on an athletic scholarship. He played for the Spartans from 2007-2010 and was a consensus All-American in 2009 and 2010. Jones also earned the 2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Spartan to earn the award. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. In his first year in the NFL, Jones earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants as Eli Manning carried the team past the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. He went on to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012) and Tennessee Titans (2013) before signing with the Toronto Argonauts in March of 2014.

 

John Boehner is an instrumental part of Congress. | Photo via

John Boehner is an instrumental part of Congress. | Photo via politico.com

John Boehner (1964-1968) – Boehner is currently the 61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and US Congressman for the state of Ohio. He played linebacker on the football team while at Moeller.

 

Coach: John Rodenberg

Top players: Jake Hausmann (TE), Doug Bates (TE), Chase Pankey (WR), Elijah Taylor (DT), and Matt Crable (QB).

Last year: 14-1, Defeated Mentor High School 55-52 to win the 2013 OHSAA Division I State Championship

Last Game: Defeated Xenia High School by a final score of 55-7

#BeatMoeller

Flashback: Tiger Football vs. Moeller

Tiger Football vs Moeller

The St. Xavier Football Tigers will take the field again this Friday at 7:30 in a monumental matchup against Archbishop Moeller High School (OH) who brings a 3-0 record into Brother Thomas More Stadium. Coming off of a rout of Fairdale last week, the Tigers will be tasked with handling a very potent Crusader offense. After two consecutive strong defensive showings, the Tiger defense should be prepared for a tight battle with a high-flying offense. St. X’s defense has only allowed an unprecedented 31 points through three and a half games (see Ballard Game). The Tigers will need all the help they can get if they wish to continue such a stingy defensive streak, and expect to receive a lot of that needed help from the crowd on Friday night. It is patriotic night and the Rage Cage will be rockin’.

LAST MATCHUP

According to the archives of the KHSAA.org scoreboard, the Tigers came up short in a hard-fought battle against Moeller last year, falling by a final score of 24-12. Unlike last week’s opponent, Fairdale, very few current players got playing time in the loss at Moeller last year. When the two teams squared off last year, the Tigers leaned heavily on the reliable Charles Walker who amassed 250 yards and a touchdown on the ground while averaging a monster 8.3 yards per carry. The Crusaders made it especially difficult for the Tigers to find any success in the through the air as former quarterback B.J. Nagle had only 45 yards passing. Overall, the offense had trouble igniting in this game and ultimately fell to a strong offensive attack from Moeller.

SERIES OVERVIEW

2013- St. Xavier 12 Moeller 24
2012- St. Xavier 27 Moeller 34
2011- St. Xavier 10 Moeller 21
2004 St. Xavier 21 Moeller 43
2003 St. Xavier 31 Moeller 17

ALL-TIME GREATS

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.

Bob Crable (Moeller 1973-1977)- Crable played linebacker for the Crusaders and led them to three consecutive football state championships and a perfect record of 36–0 over three seasons. After high school, he went on to play for the University of Notre Dame where he was a consensus All-American in 1980 and 1981. In 1982 Crable was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He spent five seasons with the Jets until knee injuries derailed him into retirement. Crable later returned to Moeller in 1992 as a coach and teacher. He spent seven seasons as the head coach of Moeller from 2000-2007.

Greg Jones (Moeller 2003-2007)- Jones was a two-time All-Greater Catholic League and PrepStar’s All-Midwest Team selection at Moeller and played under coach Bob Crable. Jones was rated as a 3 star recruit after high school and attended Michigan State University on an athletic scholarship. He played for the Spartans from 2007-2010 and was a consensus All-American in 2009 and 2010. Jones also earned the 2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Spartan to earn the award. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. In his first year in the NFL, Jones earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants as Eli Manning carried the team past the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. He went on to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012) and Tennessee Titans (2013) before signing with the Toronto Argonauts in March of 2014.

TRENDS

The Tigers will try to snap a four game losing streak against Moeller when they flip the coin on Friday night. Since 2003, the Crusaders have outscored the Tigers 139-101 with St. X taking home only one victory in that span. However, this year’s contest could very easily result in a shootout as the Tigers have a forceful running attack once again with TaiJon Smith, John Martinez and the newly healthy Chase Rowan. St. X also has a more than competent quarterback at the helm in Noah Houk. Don’t be frightened that the Crusaders have outscored their opponents 115-13 so far this season because the Tigers boast a solid defense that held a similarly powerful offense in Bowling Green to a mere six points two weeks ago. With an upgraded passing game and a stronger defense, expect this year’s matchup to be different than the previous one for the Tigers.

Go Tigers!

Flashback: Tiger Football vs. Fairdale

Tiger Football vs Fairdale

The Tigers will see action again this Friday at 7:30 at Brother Thomas More Stadium against Fairdale. After a heartbreaking loss last Friday in Bowling Green, the Bulldogs should offer a nice rebound opportunity for the Tigers. If history repeats itself, St. X should have plenty of opportunities to fix what went wrong last week against Bowling Green.

LAST MATCHUP

In the archives of the KHSAA.org scoreboard, the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 50-0 in dominating fashion on September 13, 2013. During last year’s matchup, 17 current players got in the game, providing even more experience for this year’s matchup. The stars of last year’s game were former standout Charles Walker who now suits up for the Kentucky Wildcats, and current senior running back TaiJon Smith. Smith ran for 50 yards on 7 attempts and scored a touchdown and had 15 yards receiving as well. Current junior running back Chase Rowan had a 6 yard touchdown as well. A plethora of current defenders for the Tigers(Connor Barnes, Tyler Boarman, Tucker Donlon, Will Edwards, Christian Fell, Parker Maddox, Will Mattingly, Kyle Oliver, Rowan and Davey Sermersheim) combined to make 13 tackles in the game.

SERIES OVERVIEW

2013- St. Xavier 50 Fairdale 0
2000- St. Xavier 52 Fairdale 10
1999- St. Xavier 56 Fairdale 8
1998- St. Xavier 27 Fairdale 25

ALL-TIME GREATS

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 2002-2006)-  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 Award in 2008 as a redshirt freshman. 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.

TRENDS

The Tigers should roll on Friday night as they have in the past. Expect to see almost all of the seniors and some underclassmen rack up quality minutes against the Bulldogs. We look forward to adding another “W” to the Tigers’ record tomorrow night!

Go Tigers! We Are!