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Tiger Football dominates Manual, Win 27-6

Desmond Ridder | Photo by Courier-Journal

Desmond Ridder | Photo by Courier-Journal

The Tigers faced the undefeated Manual Crimson at Manual Stadium on Friday night.

The Tigers were not the least bit intimidated by Manual or that zero in the loss column. The Tigers came out fast, moving the ball 71 yards, mostly on the arm and feet of junior Desmond Ridder, with ease. The drive was capped off when Ridder walked it in from 6 yards out. This drive would set the tone for the night and the Tigers would not look back. The Tigers defense showed up and made some key sacks and deflections to keep the Crimson off the board in the first quarter. As the first quarter came to an end the Tigers were driving and still ahead 7-0.

The Tigers were forced to settle for a long field goal which junior Sam McDonogh pushed right, an uncommon miss for the Tiger place kicker who has been solid all year. When the Tigers defense forced the Crimson to punt, senior Ethan Adams was able to get through the protection and block the punt, giving the Tigers offense the ball at the Manual 43 yard line. The Tigers would score on the drive on an 18 yard catch and run by junior Sam Taylor. The teams were unable to score in the remainder of the second quarter and the score at half was still 14-0.

After receiving the second half kickoff, the Tigers defense dominated the Crimson offense, yet again, and forced a punt which resulted in a short drive and a 34 yard Sam McDonogh field which moved the score to 17-0. The ensuing kickoff was fumbled by the Crimson returner around the 40 yard line and was recovered by kicker Owen Johnson. The Tigers drove inside the 10 and lined up for what appeared to be a field goal attempt when senior Corey Chitwood pitched the ball over his head to Sam McDonogh, who took off for the pylon. McDonogh was stopped at the five yard line and the Crimson got the ball back. However, the Tiger defense again stopped the Crimson and forced a punt. On the ensuing drive the Tigers were moving the ball well when the horn sounded, ending the third quarter with the Tigers still leading 17-0.

The Tigers had to settle for another field goal, this one from 31 yards, which McDonogh made pushing the score to 20-0. The Tiger defense came through big again, this time stopping the Crimson on fourth down. Ridder and the offense clinically moved the ball down the field for a touchdown, this one coming on a one yard run from Ridder. This pushed the score to 27-0 Tigers. The following kickoff was run back inside the Tigers 30 yard line. The Tigers defense finally let up as, with the better opening field position, the Crimson were able to put it into the end zone. The score after that would be 27-6 as the Crimson place kicker missed the PAT. That would be the final score and the Tigers would hand the Crimson their first loss on the season.

The Tigers offense played great and executed well but the real story of the game was the defense. When asked about the defense’s performance, Sam Taylor said, “You have to give them a lot of credit. Other than that big kickoff return, the defense really pitched a shutout.”

The Tigers will have another week to prepare for another undefeated Louisville public school in Male. The Tigers appear to be up to the challenge and will be well-prepared following another week of practice.

Go Tigers!

Tiger Soccer comes back to beat Oldham County 4-3

Trent Stigler | Photo by Kody Nalley

Trent Stigler | Photo by Kody Nalley

The Tiger Soccer team went on the road Thursday night to face the third-ranked Oldham County Colonels. The Tigers responded to adversity and came back to get the win after being down 3-1 with 12 minutes remaining. Seniors Trent Stigler and Colin Kremer along with sophomore Lucas Mudd supplied the goals tonight.

The Tigers started off slow against the physical style of the Colonels. Early in the game junior goalie Clayton Allen made a few saves including a spectacular diving save in the 5th minute. The Tigers’ best chance of the first half came when sophomore Bennett Moorman dribbled past the Colonel defender and dropped one off to Stigler. Stigler ripped a shot, but the OC goalie, who played a solid game, saved it with relative ease. A ball finally found its way into the back of the net when the Tigers’ back line had a miscommunication which resulted in an empty net opportunity for the Oldham County forward. The score would remain 1-0 up to halftime. But, if not for a few Clayton Allen saves, the score could have been much worse for the Tigers.

At the beginning of the second half, the Colonels added another goal on a perfectly placed shot. That goal made the score 2-0 in the 46th minute. The Tigers finally got on the board when senior Graham Reynolds drew a penalty. Stigler put it in and brought the Tigers to within one with 24 minutes left in the game. With just over 15 minutes remaining, the Colonels scored once more, putting them ahead 3-1. It looked like the Tigers were out of it when, in the 68th minute, Stigler headed a corner kick in. The Tigers were pressing and trying to get the ball forward when, in the 72nd minute, Kremer, thanks to a Stigler pass, was able to get the shot past the keeper to bring the score to 3-3.

A draw would have been a more than satisfactory result given how the game had started, but in the 76th minute Mudd, thanks to another beautiful pass from Stigler, was able to beat the OC keeper and give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. That would be the score at the final buzzer, and the Tiger’s magnificent comeback was complete.

“This game meant a lot to the entire team,” Mudd said. “We were down 2-0, and we came together, and we got some good goals. We just have to keep it up.”

Stigler, who scored two goals and assisted on the others, credited the comeback to the defense.

“Honestly, it started with our defense. Brett [Hulsmeyer] came in, he played like a man. [Andrew] Schnurr played like a man the whole game,” Stigler said. “The team rallied around the captains and picked our game up in the second half.”

The Tigers came into the game as the lower ranked of the two soccer teams, and for the first 50 minutes it looked like that was the case. In the end, the Tigers were able to orchestrate a comeback, scoring 3 goals in under 8 minutes. And like senior Nick Eimers said after the game, “It’s non-stop from here boys.”

Go Tigers!

Tiger Football falls to Rocks 20-15

Photo from USA Today HS

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.

Go Tigers!

Tiger Football dominate Purples 45-19 thanks to Roshkowski’s HUGE Game

Patriotic Night Rage Cage | Photo by Alex Walsh

The Tiger Football team advanced to 2-0 on Friday night after dominating the Bowling Grenen Purples 45-19.

We’ve seen his brother come through in the clutch, we’ve seen him come through in the biggest games, in both lacrosse and football, but did Blake Roshkowski have a game.

On the opening kickoff in front of a packed and patriotic Rage Cage, Roshkowski ran it back 99 yards to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead only fifteen seconds into the game. When asked about the opening kickoff Roshkowski said, “My mindset was that if we’re going to beat these guys, we’d have to get on them quick, and I just saw the open grass and went for it.” Blake went for it and he got it. The Tigers kept the momentum as they stripped the Bowling Green ballcarrier and recovered the fumble. A few plays later Desmond Ridder ran it in from three yards out putting the Tigers ahead 14-0. The Tiger defense quickly forced the Purples to punt and after a big pass play, Sam Taylor came through with a three yard touchdown run to put the Tigers up 21-0 in the first quarter.

As the second quarter started the Tigers threw an interception, but they quickly regained possession when Logan Butler recovered a Bowling Green fumble. The Tigers then drove down the field, but had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Cam McDonough. The Purples finally got on the board with a touchdown, but the extra point was blocked and the Tigers lead 24-6. That’s when Roshkowski made his presence known again. He took the handoff from Ridder on an end around from the 25-yard line and scored to give the Tigers a 31-6 halftime lead.

After halftime the Purples started to get back into the game scoring two touchdowns that would draw the score to 31-19. In the fourth quarter both teams drove the ball down the field, but each threw an interception, the Tigers interception coming off a tipped pass that defensive end Ethan Adams caught (Adams also had 2 1/2 sacks). Following the interception the Tigers drove into the red zone, and handed the ball to Roshkowski who scored on another end around, this time from the nine-yard line. That score put the Tigers up 38-19, but the final nail in the Purples coffin was Roshkowski’s fourth and final touchdown which came on a 67-yard punt return. That return put the Tigers up 45-19 and that was where the score remained until the final horn blew giving the Tigers their first victory over Bowling Green since 2006.

The Tigers produced 364 yards of offense including an astounding 189 yards in the ground. A large portion of the ground game came from juniors Sam Taylor (100 yards and a TD on 16 carries) and Blake Roshkowski (61 up yards and 2 TDs on 4 carries). The Tiger defense also did a great job of forcing turnovers, ending with a total of four (three fumbles and an interception). However, special teams is what made the difference including Roshkowski’s two return TDs, Cam McDonough’s field goal and a blocked PAT.

The crowd was large and impactful, when asked about how the fans influenced the team Roshkowski said, “The crowd really helped the team. We had all these students and fans who understand how long we’ve been waiting to beat Bowling Green.”

While the Rage Cage was rowdy, and the fans were loud, they certainly had a lot to cheer for. The Tigers have come out of the gate hot and look to carry the momentum throughout the year and to Central next week. While performances like Roshkowski’s surely aren’t to be expected every game, the amount of impact players that the Tigers have will make this season a very exciting and memorable one.

NEXT GAME: Friday @ Central – 7:30 pm

Tiger Football opens season with dominating 40-13 win

Junior QB Desmond Ridder | Photo by Jonathan Palmer | Herald Leader

Junior QB Desmond Ridder | Photo by Jonathan Palmer | Herald Leader

Tiger Football kicked off their regular season at Lexington Catholic last night with an amazing performance. The Tigers defeated the Henry Clay Blue Devils 40-13 and dominated every facet of the game, putting up over 500 yards of offense, forcing turnovers and a safety on D and dominating on special teams.

The game started out quickly as the new fast-paced offense was active from the start. Junior Desmond Ridder and the Tiger offense drove the ball down the field in just a few minutes with Ridder capping it off on a QB keeper from five yards out. The Tiger defense quickly forced Henry Clay to punt, and the Tigers drove into the red zone before being stopped on fourth and goal at the 1 yard line. The defense picked them up though when junior Jack Kronk got into the backfield and tackled the Henry Clay running back for a safety, putting the Tigers ahead 9-0.

The score would stay that way until early in the second quarter when junior Sam Taylor took a handoff from the 9 yard line and ran it in for another touchdown putting the Tigers up 16-0. After another defensive stop the Tigers drove again as Ridder showed off his arm, connecting with senior Trey Clements for a 23 yard touchdown pass. Shortly after that score senior Logan Butler stripped University of Kentucky commit Davonte Robinson and the Tigers recovered. The offense worked quickly and scored yet again, this time on a 12 yard run by senior Chase Rowan that put the Tigers up 30-0 with 6:50 remaining in the first half. Henry Clay finally broke through on the next drive with a touchdown of their own, but the Tigers answered with a 43 yard field goal from junior Cam McDonough following a 53 yard run by Ridder to move the score to 33-7 at the end of the first half.

Shortly after the second half began, the game took a turn for the worse as junior Braidon Washburn was down for over 20 minutes after a tackle. He was moving and responsive, eventually being taken off the field in an ambulance as a precaution.

The Tigers later stopped the Blue Devils on fourth and goal, but the Tiger offense could do nothing to capitalize on it. The third quarter ended with the score still at 33-7 Tigers. Early in the fourth quarter Henry Clay scored a touchdown but had the PAT blocked making the score 33-13. On the ensuing drive. Desmond Ridder led the Tigers down the field and ran it in himself for a 19 yard touchdown. The Tigers now led 40-13 and that is where the score would stay.

In his first Varsity start Desmond Ridder had 273 total yards, including 151 on the ground. Ridder felt he did what the offense allowed him to do, “I think we executed well. We came out strong.”

Next week is a big one for the Tigers, as they face off with recent foe and 5A powerhouse Bowling Green. It’s the first home game of the season and Patriotic Night, so we expect the Rage Cage to be packed in support of Tiger Football. For now, we’ll celebrate a great opening victory over a talented Henry Clay team.

NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Bowling Green – 8:00 pm

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J.D. Mundt earns First Team All-State Honors

JD Mundt 1st team ALL STATE

J.D. Mundt has been named to the All-State First Team by the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Mundt had a great season at the plate hitting .312 and putting up a .452 on-base percentage. He was a nightmare for pitchers, but Mundt really shined on the mound himself. J.D. finished the season with a 7-0 record in 9 games pitched. He had 35 strikeouts while only allowing 34 hits, posting an ERA of 0.98 and a team-best WHIP of 0.74.

Mundt will continue his baseball career at the University of Louisville, next year where he will join 2014 First Team All-State selection and Former Tiger Austin Clemons.

Tigers Beat CAL 4-3, Make 5th Straight Regional Final

Ballard Baseball Postseason

It wasn’t supposed to be that close or that exciting, but what matters is that the Tigers are on to the next round.

The Tigers defeated the CAL Centurions 4-3 in walk off fashion at Jim Patterson Stadium. It was a game that saw a CAL team, who many expected to be simply another stepping stone en route to the state tournament, play extremely well. This game was close not because the Tigers underperformed but because the Centurions played out of their minds.

The Tigers started U of L commit JD Mundt, who worked through 5 innings allowing just three runs. Mundt did not have his best stuff, but he was able to battle and keep the Tigers close throughout the game. The defense helped JD out with two beautiful double plays including a 3-6-3 double play that was started by Josh Finerty to end the top of the third and a 9-3 double play that was started by Aaron Grammer’s sliding catch.

The Tigers were able to grind out 4 runs. Adam Elliott was responsible for 2 of them as he had an RBI double and scored the game winning run. Brandon Blaser and Nick Nelson also had RBIs in the victory over the Centurions.

The game was a well-played game from both teams that featured a heavy dose of small ball and some great pitching. The CAL pitcher threw the entire game and was magnificent and Cam Revelette worked his way through two innings of relief that kept the Tigers in position to win the game in their final at-bat.

When Finerty hit the ball to the shortstop, base runner Adam Elliott was booking it to third and when he saw that the ball had skipped over the CAL first baseman, and MLB draft prospect, Riley Thompson’s glove he sprinted as hard as he could towards home. When Elliott crossed the plate, the Tigers punched their ticket to their fifth straight regional championship game.

The Tigers will continue their pursuit of a second straight state championship against Ballard at 6:00 PM tonight at PRP.

Go Tigers! We Are!

Bruins want revenge from scrimmage blowout

Adam Elliot | Photo by The Courier Journal

Adam Elliot | Photo by The Courier Journal

The Tiger baseball team will take on District 17 foe Central Hardin at 6:00 PM today at Mueller Field. This is a matchup of two former state champions between the Bruins, who won in 2011, and the Tigers, who are the defending KHSAA Baseball State Champions. The Tigers and Bruins squared off once before this year, in a scrimmage at St. X. The Tigers won that 10-inning scrimmage 10-1.

The Bruins enter this game with an 18-5 record, but are coming off of back-to-back losses to Elizabethtown and Christian Academy. The Tigers, on the other hand, are coming into this game feeling great. The Tigers are 23-7 and, since their 12-4 loss to Jeffersonville, have won 7 straight. The Tigers pitching has led them during this 7-game hot streak, allowing only 15 runs. The Tigers pitching has been stellar all year, but every member of the staff appears to be hitting their stride right now. The Tigers will likely trot out junior Adam Elliott or senior Grant Wessling to face the Bruins.

While the Tigers’ pitching has been amazing, the lineup has also stepped up its production. This lineup is one of the most balanced in the state. Sure there are sluggers like Dalton Dedas and Josh Finerty, and speedsters like Adam Elliott and Trent Revelette, but every batter, whether he hits leadoff, cleanup or in the nine-hole, is capable of changing the game at any time.

Everyone get out to the game and support the Tiger Baseball team in their pursuit of Number 7. It’s a huge week, with DeSales and Trinity coming later. This stretch could confirm if St. X can actually repeat.

Go Tigers! We Are!