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Keeping up with Tiger Alumni at the next level and beyond.

Justin Thomas Has Big Weekend at US Open

Justin Thomas, a 2011 St. X graduate, opened the 2017 US Open with a modest 73, placing him nowhere near the top of the leaderboard heading into Friday. But that did not deter his confidence. On Friday, he gained some more attention with a very impressive 3-under par score of 69. JT sat tied for 24th place at -2 heading into Saturday. Little did the spectators at Erin Hills know, Thomas was on the brink of making history.

Justin came out red-hot on Saturday afternoon, knocking in six birdies on the front nine, including one off of a wild circus putt on the fifth hole. He was just as impressive on the back nine, going 4-under. This historic round was emphatically punctuated on the last hole; after nailing his 3-wood roughly 330 yards off the tee, Thomas boldly reached for the same club on his second shot. He contemplated laying up with his 2-iron before deciding to go for the pin. With little room for error, Justin rifled his approach shot about 310 yards, sticking it 8 feet from the pin. He then knocked in the eagle putt, completing a 9-under par round––the best score in US Open history.

JT’s incredible -9 score dethroned Johnny Miller, whose -8 score at the 1973 US Open was unparalleled for more than 40 years. Thomas even held the lead solely for some time before Saturday ended. His -11 overall score was enough to place him in the final Sunday group with leader Brian Harman (-12 at the time). Unfortunately, JT ran out of steam on Sunday. His 3-over par round featured four bogies and only one birdie. But Sunday does not do justice to Thomas’ greatness.

At -8, Thomas finished tied for ninth, his first ever top ten finish at a Major. He also pocketed an eye-popping $291,795. It may have taken a record-breaking round in a Major Tournament for the world to finally notice Justin Thomas, but he has been on the rise all year. He won back-to-back tournaments in January (the SBS Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open). At the Sony Open, he became the youngest player to ever shoot 59 or lower. At the same tournament, Thomas broke the PGA record for lowest total score by shooting 253 for the entire weekend. His 22nd place finish at The Masters was also a great success. Don’t be surprised if Thomas continues to build upon his already-strong year.

As JT continues to climb in the Official World Golf Rankings (he is currently #12), he is also building his resume as the best golfer to come out of Saint X. Frank Beard, class of 1957, and Bobby Nichols, 1954, are Justin’s top competitors for that title. Beard won 11 PGA Tour events and had 9 top-ten finishes at Majors. Nichols boasts 15 PGA wins and 9 top-ten Major finishes. Bobby is most famous for edging out Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to win the 1964 PGA Championship. While JT is not quite on their level, he is well on his way. In the next few years, it is very possible that Thomas may join Nichols as the only Tiger Tech alums to win majors. Justin Thomas has been on a perpetual tear this year, and it does not look like he will be slowing down any time soon.

 

Vote for Two Former Editors of WSTX Sports in The Manager Games!

After a full week of March Madness, it’s taken some time to comprehend all that just happened. The past week has been full of Blue Bloods returning to form, cinderella teams looking to make a run, exciting matchups and stories, and awesome games to watch. If you’re anything like me, you’ve watched about as much basketball as humanly possible. If you’re also like me, you’ve probably had to take this time and mourn over the loss of yet another potential perfect bracket (thanks Villanova and UofL!).

While we have been watching our favorite teams, players, and coaches duke it out to make it to the Final Four, there have been some unsung heroes roaming those same sidelines. Managers.

Basketball managers take up a huge responsibility on their respective teams. Setting up practices, doing laundry, you name it, and the managers are doing just about everything other than going out on the court during the game… until now.

Every so often, the night before a game between opposing schools, the managers of each school are able to play in a pick up game. The games are meant to be fun, and are purely for bragging rights, and they quite often are never mentioned after they are played. However, they have come increasingly popular the past few years, notably getting some attention from college basketball analyst Jay Bilas. The games have become so popular that in 2014, two managers from Michigan State created a whole system based on ranking the teams of Managers from the D-1 Basketball Landscape.

The system has moved so far that for the past two years, the Managers have created a whole March Madness bracket of their own. The seeding is the same, but is based off their own rankings, not the rankings from the actual NCAA Tournament.  There are your powerhouses like Duke and Kentucky still in the Tournament, but also schools like Akron and Morehead State, not teams that would usually playing in March. Matchups are then voted on via Twitter (unless the teams can travel and actually play, then the vote is null) and the Final Four teams will travel to the actual Final Four site and play at the NCAA Fan Fest.

This year, the bracket has made it to the Sweet 16 , and two former Editor’s-in-Chief of WSTX Sports are still in the running to travel to Phoenix this year.

Cole Bollinger ’16 and Jacob Hayslip ’15 are currently both basketball managers of Missouri and Western Kentucky, respectively. Cole has reached out to me asking for help to send him to the Final Four, and as my predecessor, of course I am here to help spread the word.

Missouri is the #5 seed in the West Region, currently facing #1 seeded VCU Managers. Western Kentucky is the #1 seed facing #5 College of Charleston in the Midwest Region. Both voting polls on Twitter are currently open for another day so make sure to vote on the links below!

Vote for Missouri here  

Vote for WKU  here  

From one Editor to another, good luck to Cole and Jacob and let’s get them to Phoenix!

2017 Tiger Baseball Preview

The Tiger Baseball team looks to begin the defense of their state title this Friday when they play DeSales High School @ 6:00 on Friday at Saint X. In the upcoming weeks we will look at their individual opponents, but first let’s look at the Tiger Baseball Team and what we can expect from them this year.

Pitching Staff:

Key Losses:

The Tigers lost their two aces from last season, Daniel Fisher, who was named to the postseason All-American Team, and Adam Elliot, who was the State Tournament MVP. The two University of Louisville signees almost single-handedly led the Tigers to the State Title.  They teamed up to pitch the Tigers to the State Championship Game, giving up 6 runs in 4 games with a team ERA (earned run average) of 1.80. Others who were lost to graduation include Eric Hasselwander, Sam Porta, and Brian O’Neil.

Key Returners:

A Key Returner on the Pitching Staff is Connor Holden, who pitched the Tigers to their 2nd state title in 3 years, throwing a 3 hit shutout with 8 strikeouts in the Tigers’ 1-0 victory over Campbell County in the State Championship Game. The Murray State signee will be one of the top pitchers in the state this year. As the No.3 pitcher last year, Holden had a 2.12 ERA and 38 strikeouts on the year. Other returning pitchers include Sam Wilson, Sam Mudd, and Matthew Logsdon with the addition of juniors Henry Sadlo, Ryan Hamilton, Evan Burnett, and Andrew Littlefield. Sam Wilson notably was the designated closer for the Tigers, so look for him to expand that role.

Catcher

Key Losses:

The Tigers lose 3-year starter Dalton Dedas, who was the catcher on the 2014 and 2016 State Championship teams. He was a natural leader on the team, who was a reliable backstop and a threat at the plate.

Key Returners:

Sophomore Cam Scheler and Junior Chase Patton are the two catchers on the Varsity Roster this season. Both have experience playing Varsity, as they played a few regular season games last year when Dedas was given a day off. Scheler will be remembered for hitting a walk off last postseason with the bases loaded. Scheler should provide some offensive firepower for the Tigers this year and will be in contention for a lot larger role this year.

Corner Infield (1st and 3rd Base)

Key Losses:

The Tigers have lost both of their First Basemen from last season, Daniel Fisher and Nick Nelson, who was also the backup Catcher and could play Third Base, as well. The Infield is where the Tigers have lost the fewest amount of players.

Key Returners:

Seniors Chris Esselman and Ryan Davis are 2 corner infielders returning from last year’s state championship team. Also, Senior Chase Collins, who was cut from the team junior year, is on the team and will play some 1st base. Juniors that are looking to vie for time in the corner infield include Bryce Elmore and Ryan Hamilton.

Ryan Davis was playing solid before an injury ended his season last year. In 59 at bats he was hitting .305. Look for Chase Collins to have a big year for the Tigers as well. After being cut his junior year, he has worked extremely hard just to get back on the field. It’s paid off, but he has a lot more to prove. Notably, as a freshman, Chase threw a no-hitter while his twin brother Zac (committed to Purdue as a punter) was behind the plate at catcher.

Middle Infield

Key Losses:

Arguably one of the most important positions in baseball, the Tigers lost their starting shortstop, Casey Simon, who hit a solo home run in the state title game to give Saint X its single run. Simon is the only middle infielder that has graduated, so expect the Tigers to be solid at these positions.

Key Returners:

Seniors Chris Esselman and Zeke Porta are both returning players from last season’s team, as well as the edition of Juniors Trey Sweeney and Ryan Hamilton.

Even last year, Esselman had the prettiest swing on the Tigers roster. He is a pure contact guy, and batted .266 last year. Zeke Porta also looks to make a big leap for the Tigers last year after serving mostly as a pinch hitter last year.

Outfield:

Key Losses:

Seniors Adam Eliott and Kurt Ramser were both lost to graduation, but Outfield looks to be a strong-suit for this years team.

Key Returners:

Seniors Steven Mitchell, Tanner Brown, Sam Hedges, and Sam Mudd, as well as Junior Andrew Littlefield will make up the outfield for this years team.

Mitchell one of the fastest players on the team, which will do him well on the defensive side on the ball, but just as much on offense. Mitchell batted near the top of the lineup last year and batted .287 with 21 runs scored.

Don’t let Sam Mudd’s size fool you, because he has all the tools. He has a strong arm, capable of making the furthest throws from the outfield, paired with a big swing. Look for Mudd to move out from the middle of the batting lineup this year.

Sam Hedges is the Tigers top overall player. He is an all around athlete with great speed and strength. He plays through the ball very well and is an an accurate thrower from the outfield. The Northern Kentucky commit is a great batter and takes advantage of the gaps in the field.

With 4 returning players, and 1 Junior, look for the Tiger outfielders to have a monster season.

Schedule and Other Notes:

Once again, the Tigers will play a strong out-of-town schedule with teams including Brother Rice (IL), a Spring Break Tournament in Nashville, Cincy St. X,  and Elder High School.

In the state, the Tigers will field tough competition against Trinity and Ballard. Both of these teams are in the same region as St.X, and have a lot of talent. Notably, Trinity will have two UofL signees. Ballard’s Jordan Adell is a one man show, also committed to UofL, and looks to be a top prospect in the 2017 MLB Draft.

Overall, the Tigers do have a strong chance to go back to back and win the state title come this June. This feat has not been accomplished since Harrison County did it in the 1997-1998 seasons. However, if last year is an indication of how the Tigers play in the postseason, they know how to get it done when it counts.

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Chad O’Shea – St.X’s Unsung Football Legend

It is so great to have Coach Glaser on Instagram because we get throwback pictures like this that are gold. | Photo via @mglaser63

It is so great to have Coach Glaser on Instagram because we get throwback pictures like this that are gold. | Photo via @mglaser63

The photo above is a nice little throwback that Coach Glaser posted. There’s quite a few guys huddled around him, but take a look at the guy to his left. That just so happens to be quarterback Chad O’Shea (Class of ’91).

You may have not heard of O’Shea, but he has certainly been up to some big things since his time at Tiger Tech.

From St.X, he went on to go play quarterback at Marshall University for two seasons before transferring to Houston to finish out his career. As a senior, he was a captain for the team.

O’Shea went on to coach for seven years at the collegiate level at his alma mater Houston and Southern Mississippi. From there, he launched his career to the NFL ranks.

After successful stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings, O’Shea found his current home: the New England Patriots.

He signed on with the Patriots on Feb. 25th, 2009 as the wide receivers coach. This season marked his 21stIn that time, Patriots receivers have been setting franchise and NFL Records.

Via Patriots.com:

“In 2014, in his first year with New England, Brandon LaFell set career highs with 74 receptions for 953 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2013, Julian Edelman (105) became just the third player in team history to eclipse 100 receptions in a single season. In 2012, Wes Welker became the Patriots’ all-time leader in receptions and became the first player in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons. In 2011, Welker set a franchise record with 1,569 receiving yards and became the second player in NFL history to record two 120-catch seasons. Patriots receivers also aided Tom Brady to the third-most passing yards (5,235) in a single season in NFL history.”

Now, Coach O’Shea finds himself in his third Super Bowl appearance and it will be a homecoming of sorts for him since the game will be played in Houston.

While we hear about players from St.X who’ve played in Super Bowls, (Bob Talamini, Mo Moorman, and Will Wolford) we don’t hear enough about O’Shea, the unsung legend of St.X Football, who is looking for his second Super Bowl ring. The Patriots have also posted a 99-29 record since his signing.

So, don’t have a team to cheer for in the Super Bowl? I think Chad O’Shea would want you to pick the Patriots out of love for the Green and Gold.

#WeAreStX

Justin Thomas to tee of at the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Justin Thomas | GolfWeek.com

Justin Thomas | GolfWeek.com

Justin Thomas is making his first start in two weeks since he swept Hawaii after he won the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua by three strokes and the Sony Open by seven. In the Sony Open, he forced his way into the sub 60 club, shooting a 59 in the opening round, and then went on to post the PGA Tour 72 hole low record (-27). Before that, he defended his 2015 title in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in November by winning the tournament again by three strokes over Hideki Matsuyama.

To make a long story short: Thomas has been far and away the best player on the planet this season.

After cashing out in Hawaii, Thomas leads the FedEx Cup Standings and has risen to No. 8 in the Official World Golf Rankings, and he looks to continue his dominance when he tees off at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

The 23-year-old and 2011 St.X graduate will make his third start in the event. Last year, Thomas missed the cut, however, he finished T-17th in 2015. The expectations will be much higher this year, and many fans, especially Tiger Nation, will be tracking his every move.

Thomas will be paired with Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin in Round 1 and they will tee off tomorrow  at 3:07 P.M. Other golfers to watch at the event will be Hideki Matsuyama, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Folwer, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, and Farmers Insurance winner Jon Rahm.

You can follow Thomas’ progress on the Golf Channel, and I’ll try to give as many updates as I can on Twitter.

Good Luck to our man JT!

#1 Connor McKim’s Senior Season

With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!

Connor McKim | Photo by Tim Porco

Connor McKim | Photo by Tim Porco 

When I look back on last year’s season for Tiger Basketball, I get chills. I have never seen our school at a higher degree of camaraderie and unity than at those games last season. It was the definition of what a “Band of Brothers” looks like.

But there had to be a reason. Why was it that St.X students, of new and of old, cared so much about this team?

Look no further than Connor McKim.

McKim did so much more than play basketball at St.X. He rejuvenated the basketball program and brought life to the school. No one summarized this better than Assistant Coach Bryan Just in an article he wrote about Connor.

“The thing that makes me sick to my stomach for Connor McKim, is that he stays silent. His game is one of the loudest the seventh region has seen in a long time, but off the court, you wouldn’t have any idea what this kid is capable of. I’m really sorry if you are just now learning about the talent this St. X student brought to the basketball court. And since McKim didn’t get the full recognition he earned over the past three months, I’m doing my own article on him now.

Meet Connor McKim. A “silent assassin”. A guy that doesn’t need the spotlight. An absolute pleasure to watch if you’re a fan of the player that truly let’s his game do the talking. McKim doesn’t talk trash. He doesn’t really talk at all. But for his teammates that have been playing with him for four years, he’s a leader through action, an ideal teammate, and a best friend. I got the unbelievable opportunity to coach Connor for 2 years, and I wouldn’t feel right leaving this out. Connor deserves everything positive this game has to offer. I received countless texts from him, late at night on the weekend, asking questions about film and scouting. He’s the definition of a student of the game. He is passionate. He’s mature beyond his age. He does everything that will never show up in the score book while the lights are off, and delivers every time the lights come on. He doesn’t boast or brag when he plays well, and he doesn’t hang his head or sulk when he’s playing bad. He’s just solid. He’s tough. He’s a coach’s dream.

While you may have been keeping up with other teams in the 6th and 7th region, Connor was leading St. X to wins over them. Down went #3 Trinity, #6 Bullitt East, #13 Ballard, #12 Fern Creek, and #8 Male (with McKim scoring 31, 26, 19, 36 and 34 respectively in those games). In the 20 games played in 2016, he averaged 27.7 ppg, and scored 30 or more in the last four games of his high school career. In this season alone, #5 accounted for 788 total points, 75 made threes, and 199 made free throws. His efficiency was off the charts. He finished the season shooting 50% from the field, 41% from deep, and 84% from the stripe. He is the first St. X Regional Player of the Year since 1970, and ended up 14th in the state in scoring. If you get bored, go compare stats and wins he had this year to the other Mr. Basketball candidates. And if you find out how this kid didn’t make any of those lists, let me know, because I still can’t figure it out. Connor McKim had a very special senior year, and it didn’t take a basketball guru to notice.

Lastly, what Connor McKim did this season was bigger than a game. He was a leader on the team that restored belief in St. X basketball. He brought excitement, electricity, and hype into this program. He brought unity to both current and past students, as well as anyone surrounding the school or program. “He will never even realize how many people he impacted this year,” said Coach Keven Klein. Connor, you did something that most people won’t even realize until years from now. You did it without the hype or recognition you deserved, but I’m thinking you might have actually preferred it that way. On behalf of the thousands of people that got to watch you this year, thank you for taking me on that ride with you”

For myself and many others, I believe I can go to say that Connor McKim’s final season for the green and gold was the Best Moment in Tiger Sports for 2016.

With that, our countdown has ended. Thank you to everyone who made 2016 such a special year.

Now, here is to the countless games, memories, and championships that 2017 will bring, and here is to a Happy New Year!

 

#3 Tiger Baseball’s Connor Holden Throws a Shutout in the State Title Game

With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!

connor holden

They defeated No. 1 ranked Greenup County, defeated the defending state champions West Jessamine, and defeated No.2 ranked McCracken County. All these incredible wins gave Tiger Baseball the opportunity to win their seventh state championship, but quite fittingly, they faced one more challenge on their already magical postseason run.

In their nine inning state semi-final against McCracken County, St.X’s two aces Daniel Fischer and Adam Elliot (both currently on the roster for UofL) pitched in the game, making them ineligible in the state title game.

Connor Holden would have to step up in the final game.

He found himself in a hole early. The bases were loaded with only a single out in the first inning. However, Campbell County’s next hitter hit a chopper up the middle that Holden snagged to start a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.

Two innings later, Casey Simon, the other hero of the day, would hit his first home run of the season, providing the lone run in the game.

Now with a lead, Holden and the Tigers were able to settle into the game. He would go on to pitch a three hit shutout, picking up eight strikeouts along the way, including the final out which cued a well-deserved dog pile.

No one thought he would be the one dishing the final out, but who thought the Tigers would make it their in the first place? It’s only fitting that Holden was able to put the cherry on top of Tiger Baseball’s amazing run.

#10 Tiger Swimming and Diving’s 28th consecutive title

#9 Tiger Basketball’s Regular Season Win Over Trinity

#8 Sam Mudd’s Walkoff Homerun

#7 Tiger Cross Country Qualifies for Nationals

#6 Matthew Thomas Wins the Dream Mile

#5 William Olsen’s Go-Ahead 3 vs. Male

#4 Tiger Football Makes Biggest Comeback in 6A Football History

 

 

 

#5 William Olsen’s Go-Ahead 3 vs. Male

With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!

Will Olsen

Senior William Olsen

Last year’s season for Tiger Basketball had so many unforgettable moments. It’s hard to choose which ones were the best, but this moment could simply not be left out.

The Tigers’ rivalry with Male hit its peak last year. In both of their games, the outcome came down to a single pivotal shot.

The first came only a few weeks before the District Final, where Male’s Alex Cook hit a SportsCenter Top 10 buzzer beater to win the game. However, the Bulldogs would not get the last laugh.

Fast-forward to the District Final, and Male is leading by six points with less than 2:30 to go. The Tigers went on a 7-0 run to take the lead, but the game ultimately went into overtime.

Alex Cook had just hit a three to take the lead 72-71 in the final minute of overtime. Connor McKim proceeded to take the ball up the court and missed a jumpshot, but the Tigers got the offensive rebound and passed it back out to McKim. McKim found himself being double-teamed.

Cue William Olsen.

McKim passed it to Olsen on the wing. He let it go and next thing you know, the Tigers are leading 74-72 with 28.9 seconds to go.

Male made a few last ditch efforts, but could not get anything going and the Tigers won 75-72.

 

#6 Matthew Thomas Wins the Dream Mile

With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!

Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas | Photo from the Courier-Journal

The Dream Mile is an annual race in Kentucky that hosts the best girls and boys one milers in the state. It is by far one of the most competitive races of the year among the high school ranks in Kentucky and in the nation.

Although it was the day of the Kentucky Oaks, current University of Kentucky runner Matthew Thomas saved the best race two hours and forty one minutes after Cathryn Sophia had won her race.

Thomas was seeded fourth in the race, and was coming off of an injury. No one was really sure what to expect. But after placing fifth at the race last year, Thomas knew that he was going to go out and try to win this.

He went on to deliver his best race of the year. He trailed behind the leader for nearly three laps, but he finally took the lead on the final lap and finished first with a time of 4:13.80.

#10 Tiger Swimming and Diving’s 28th consecutive title

#9 Tiger Basketball’s Regular Season Win Over Trinity

#8 Sam Mudd’s Walkoff Homerun

#7 Tiger Cross Country Qualifies for Nationals

 

College Football Roundup: Week 6

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Austin Gahafer | Photo by kyforward.com

Air Force Falcons  (4-0) 
18 Jackie Arnold – SS

Oct. 8th @ Utah State – 3:30 PM

Last week, the Falcons defeated military academy rival Navy 28-14.

16 Arkansas Razorbacks (4-1) 
96 Karl Roesler – DL

Oct. 8th vs. 1 Alabama – 7:00 PM – ESPN

Last week the Razorbacks throttled Alcorn State 52-10.

Centre Colonels (4-1) 
23 Ryan Askin – DB
88 Sam Gray – TE
96 Ben Logsdon – K/P
59 Kyle Oliver – LB
30 Connor Barnes – LB
1 Michael Ackerman – WR
65 Lowell Brown – OL
21 Jaylon Hibbs – WR
85 Davis Kannapell – TE

Oct. 8th vs. Millsaps – 1:30 PM

The Colonels suffered their first loss of the season last week against Hendrix 35-28. Jaylon Hibbs had five kick returns, with a long of 34 yards. Ben Logsdon netted 2/3 extra points.

Cincinnati Bearcats (3-2)
77 John Kurtz – OL

Oct. 8th @ Connecticut – 11:30 AM – CBS

The Bearcats lost to South Florida 45-20.

Colorado State Rams (2-3) 
12 Deonte Clyburn – LB

Oct. 8th vs. Utah State – 10:00 PM – CBS

CSU lost their second straight game, losing to Wyoming 38-17

Dayton Flyers (3-2) 
47 Andrew McCormick – LB

Oct. 8th vs. Morehead State

McCormick recorded three total tackles in a 35-10 victory over Drake.

Eastern Illinois Panthers (3-2)
67 Austin Askin – OL

Oct. 8th vs. Tennessee State – 6:00 PM

The Panthers lost to Southeast Missouri 21-14.

18 Florida Gators (4-1)
30 Garrett Stephens – DB

Oct. 8th vs. LSU- 12:00 PM – ESPN

The Gators defeated Vandy last week by a score of 13-6.

Franklin Grizzlies (4-1) 
88 Zach Frizzell – SE

Oct. 8th vs. Earlham – 1:30 PM

The Grizzlies defeated Manchester 41-27 last week.

Indianapolis Greyhounds (1-4) 
16 Brad Schickel – K

Oct. 8th vs. McKendree – 6:00 PM

The Greyhounds lost to Truman 24-17 last week. Brad Schickel hit both of his extra points and a 37 yard field goal.

John Carroll University (3-1) 
A.J. Breit – QB

Oct. 8th vs. Marietta – 1:30 PM

John Carroll crushed Wilmington 67-7.

Kentucky Wildcats (2-3) 
88 Charles Walker – WR
37 Spencer Foy – LB

Oct. 8th vs. Vanderbilt – 4:00 PM – SEC Network

Kentucky looked like they might have had Alabama on upset alert, but the Tide quickly pulled away, winning 34-6.

6 Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders (6-0) 
87 Corey Smith – TE
63 Ryan Karrer – OL

Oct. 8th @ University of the Cumberlands – 6:00 PM

The Blue Raiders remain near the top of the NAIA rankings. Last week they defeated Union 53-17. Two weeks ago, it is noteworthy that they won 84-0…

7 Louisville Cardinals (4-1) 

42 Tyler Polston – TE
60 Tyler Haycraft – OL
63 Nathan Scheler – OL
29 Mason King – P

Bye Week

Louisville took a hard hit from the Clemson game, losing 42-36. Mason King had a terrific game, averaging 48.0 yards per punt on five punts and had one key 60 yard punt that flipped the field on the Tigers. Even with one loss, Louisville still looks like a team that could make the College Football Playoffs.

Morehead State Eagles (2-3) 
15 Austin Gahafer – QB
30 Malik Carr- LB
75 C.J. Phillips – OL

Oct. 8th @ Dayton – 1:00 PM

The Eagles defeated Valsparaiso 29-26. Austin Gahafer passed for 308 yards and two touchdowns against one interception.

Pikeville Upike Bears (2-4) 

93 Corneilius Jackson DL

Bye Week

The Upike Bears lost to Cumberlands 21-0. Cornelius Jackson recorded three total tackles.

Southern Methodist University (2-3) 

56 Michael Sehlinger – LS

Oct. 7th @ Tulsa – 8:00 PM – ESPN2

SMU lost to Temple by a score of 45-20.

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (2-1)

4 George Stone III – LB

Oct. 8th @ Nichols – 2:30 PM

The Lumberjacks were defeated by the 2nd ranked Sam Houston State 63-28. George Stone recorded 5 total tackles.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (3-2) 

49 Jake Collins – K
51 Clark Campbell – LB

Oct. 6th @ Louisiana Tech – 8:00 PM – CBS

WKU defeated Houston Baptist 50-3. Jake Collins had one punt for 35 yards.

 

College Football Roundup: Week 4

 

Karl Roesler | Photo by David Quinn

Karl Roesler | Photo by David Quinn

Air Force Falcons  (2-0) 
18 Jackie Arnold – SS

Sept. 24th @ Utah State – 10:15 PM – ESPNU

17 Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0) 
96 Karl Roesler – DL

Sept. 24th @ 10 Texas A&M – 9:00 PM – ESPN

Roesler recorded two tackles in the win against Texas State. The Razorbacks are rising in the polls, and have earned some looks for a dark-horse candidate for the College Football Playoffs. If they want to solidify those praises, they will need to win this game against Texas A&M.

Centre Colonels (3-0) 
23 Ryan Askin – DB
88 Sam Gray – TE
96 Ben Logsdon – K/P
59 Kyle Oliver – LB
30 Connor Barnes – LB
1 Michael Ackerman – WR
65 Lowell Brown – OL
21 Jaylon Hibbs – WR
85 Davis Kannapell – TE

Sept. 24th vs. Chicago – 1:30 PM

The Colonels defeated Washington 39-28. Jaylon Hibbs had two receptions for ten yards and Davis Kannapell had one reception for five yards. Ben Logsdon hit 4/4 field goals and 3/4 extra points. Ryan Askin recorded two tackles.

Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1)
77 John Kurtz – OL

Sept. 24th vs. Miami (OH) – 3:30 PM

The Bearcats lost to Houston 40-16, but the game was a lot closer than the scoreboard reveals. The Bearcats were in the game up all the way into the 3rd quarter, but lost the game in the 4th.

Colorado State Rams (2-1) 
12 Deonte Clyburn – LB

Sept. 27th @ Minnesota – 12:00 PM

CSU won against Northern Colorado 47-21.

Dayton Flyers (2-1) 
47 Andrew McCormick – LB

Sept. 24th @ San Diego – 7:00 PM

McCormick recorded a solo tackle in a 34-20 loss to Duesquene.

Eastern Illinois Panthers (2-1)
67 Austin Askin – OL

Sept. 24th vs. Austin Peay – 2:00 PM

The Panthers defeated the Illinois State 24-21 last week.

Eastern Kentucky University (1-2) 
47 Logan Butler – LB

Bye Week

EKU lost to Ball State 41-14.

19 Florida Gators (3-0)
30 Garrett Stephens – DB

Sept. 24th @ Tennessee – 3:30 PM – CBS

Florida will be visiting Tennessee in the premier game of the week. This is now the second week in a row where a member of Tiger Tech has been apart of College Gameday.

Franklin Grizzlies (2-1) 
88 Zach Frizzell – SE

Sept. 24th vs. Bluffton

The Grizzlies defeated Defiance 41-6 last week.

Indianapolis Greyhounds (0-3) 
16 Brad Schickel – K

Sept. 24th @ Kentucky Wesleyan – 2:00 PM

The Greyhounds lost a close game to Southwest Baptist 41-37. Brad Schickel hit a 20 yard field, and averaged 40.0 yards on five punts.

John Carroll University (1-1) 
A.J. Breit – QB

Sept. 24th vs. Heidelberg University – 1:30 PM

John Carroll won their first game against Baldwin Wallace 17-10.

Kentucky Wildcats (1-2) 
88 Charles Walker – WR
37 Spencer Foy – LB

Sept. 24th vs. South Carolina – 7:30 PM – SEC Network

Kentucky beat New Mexico State 62-42. All of Tiger Nation was cheering when  Charles Walker had the play of the game, sealing the victory with a 74 yard punt return for a Touchdown. 

7 Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders (3-0) 
87 Corey Smith – TE
63 Ryan Karrer – OL

Sept. 24th vs. Cincinatti Christian – 2:30 PM

The Blue Raiders defeated Bluefield College 62-23. Corey Smith had two receptions for twenty-two yards. 

3 Louisville Cardinals (3-0) 

42 Tyler Polston – TE
60 Tyler Haycraft – OL
63 Nathan Scheler – OL
29 Mason King – P

Sept. 24th @ Marshall – 8:00 PM – CBS

The Cardinals are no joke. As many of you saw, the Cards obliterated Florida State 63-20. Mason King had 4 punts, hitting two inside the 20 yard line. 

Morehead State Eagles (1-2) 
15 Austin Gahafer – QB
30 Malik Carr- LB
75 C.J. Phillips – OL

Sept. 24th  @ Drake – 2:00 PM 

The Eagles got their first win of the season against Lincoln (PA) 56-6. Austin Gahafer passed for 258 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. 

Pikeville Upike Bears (2-2) 

93 Corneilius Jackson DL

Sept. 24th vs. 6 Reindhart – 1:30 PM 

The Upike Bears lost to Berhel 24-21. Jackson recorded 3 assisted tackles. 

Southern Methodist University (2-1) 

56 Michael Sehlinger – LS

Sept. 23rd  vs. TCU – 8:00 PM – ESPN

SMU defeated Liberty 29-14. 

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (2-1)

4 George Stone III – LB

Sept. 24th  vs. Abilene Chrisitan – 7:00 PM – ESPN3

Stone and the Lumberjacks defeated McNeese 31-28. Stone had an absolute MONSTER game, with a game high of thirteen tackles. 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2-1) 

49 Jake Collins – K
51 Clark Campbell – LB

Sept. 24th vs. Vanderbilt – 4:30 PM – CBS 

WKU defeated Miami (OH) 31-24. Jake Collins had 6 punts, averaging 38.8 yards per punt. 

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College Football Roundup: Week 3

Mason King

College Football is officially underway, and if the first weekend is any indication of how this season is going to be… we’re going to be in for a great one. Let’s look at how Tiger Tech is doing this week.

Air Force Falcons  (2-0) 
18 Jackie Arnold – SS

Bye Week

Last game they defeated Georgia State 48-14.

24 Arkansas Razorbacks (2-0) 
96 Karl Roesler – DL

Sept. 17th vs. Texas State – 7:30 PM – SEC Network

The Razorbacks earned a ranking in the AP poll after pulling off a huge upset against 15th ranked TCU, winning by a score of 41-38.

Centre Colonels (2-0) 
23 Ryan Askin – DB
88 Sam Gray – TE
96 Ben Logsdon – K/P
59 Kyle Oliver – LB
30 Connor Barnes – LB
1 Michael Ackerman – WR
65 Lowell Brown – OL
21 Jaylon Hibbs – WR
85 Davis Kannapell – TE

Sept. 17th @ Washington (MO) – 2:00 PM

The Colonels defeated Anderson 56-14. Tiger Tech performed well: Lowell Brown got the start, Jaylon Hibbs had 3 receptions for 14 yards, Sam Gray had 1 reception for ten yards, Connor Barnes recorded three tackles, Kyle Oliver had one, and Ben Logsdon was a perfect 7/7 on extra points.

Cincinnati Bearcats (2-0)
77 John Kurtz – OL

Sept. 15 vs. 6 Houston – 7:30 PM – ESPN

The Bearcats won their matchup against Purdue by a score of 38-20.

Colorado State Rams (1-1) 
12 Deonte Clyburn – LB

Sept. 17th vs. Northern Colorado – 4:00 PM

CSU won their first game against 23-14 against UTSA.

Dayton Flyers (2-0) 
47 Andrew McCormick – LB

Sept. 17th @ Duesquene – 12:00 PM – Watch ESPN App

McCormick got a single tackle for a loss a 13-0 victory over Robert Morris.

Eastern Illinois Panthers (1-1)
67 Austin Askin – OL

Sept. 17th @ Illinois State – 2:00 PM

The Panthers defeated the Miami Redhawks 21-17.

Eastern Kentucky University (0-1) 
47 Logan Butler – LB

Sept. 17th @ Ball State – 3:00 PM – ESPN3

EKU defeated the University of Pikeville 55-14. Logan Butler had one solo tackle and one assisted tackle.

23 Florida Gators (1-0)
30 Garrett Stephens – DB

Sept. 17th vs. North Texas – 7:30 PM – ESPNU

The Gators (putting this very lightly) defeated Kentucky by a score of 45-7.

Franklin Grizzlies (1-1) 
88 Zach Frizzell – SE

Sept. 17th @ Defiance – 1:30 PM

The Grizzlies lost to Butler 59-14.

Indianapolis Greyhounds (0-2) 
16 Brad Schickel – K

Sept. 17th @ Southwest Baptist – 7:00 PM

The Greyhounds lost to Marian 38-16. Brad Schickel hit a 35 yard field goal, and punted a whopping seven times, averaging a little under 40 yards.

John Carroll University (0-1) 
A.J. Breit – QB

Sept. 17th vs. Baldwin Wallace University – 7:00 PM

John Carroll was defeated in their season opener 33-14.

Kentucky Wildcats (0-2) 
88 Charles Walker – WR
37 Spencer Foy – LB

Sept. 17th vs. New Mexico State – 3:30 PM – SEC Network

45-7. “That’s all I have to say about that.” – Forrest Gump

7 Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders (2-0) 
87 Corey Smith – TE
63 Ryan Karrer – OL

Sept. 17th @ Bluefield College – 1:30 PM 

The Blue Raiders defeated 18th ranked Georgetown 49-35. 

10 Louisville Cardinals (2-0) 
42 Tyler Polston – TE
60 Tyler Haycraft – OL
63 Nathan Scheler – OL
29 Mason King – P

Sept. 17th vs. 2 Florida State – 3:30 PM – ABC

The Cardinals continued their dominant play against Syracuse, winning 62-28. They now play in the most anticipated game of the week, attracting College Gameday to Louisville, and some College Football Playoff talks along with it. 

Morehead State Eagles (0-2) 
15 Austin Gahafer – QB
30 Malik Carr- LB
75 C.J. Phillips – OL

Sept. 10th vs. Virginia Military Institute – 6:00 PM – OVC Digital Network

The Eagles lost a close matchup to VMI 17-13. Gahafer passed for 250 yards and one touchdown. 

Pikeville Upike Bears (2-1) 

93 Corneilius Jackson DL

Sept. 17th vs. Bethel – 1:30 PM

The Upike Bears lost to EKU 55-14. Jackson had a solid game, recording 4 solo tackles and three assisted tackles.

Southern Methodist University (1-1) 

56 Michael Sehlinger – LS

Sept. 17th vs Liberty – 6:00 PM – ESPN3 

SMU lost their matchup to 23rd ranked Baylor 40-13. 

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (1-1) 

4 George Stone III – LB

Sept. 17th @ McNeese – 7:00 PM – American Sports Network 

Stone and the Lumberjacks defeated West Alabama 30-24. He recorded two solo tackles and three unassisted tackles. 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (1-1) 
49 Jake Collins – K
51 Clark Campbell – LB

Sept. 17th @ Miami (OH) – 3:30 PM – ESPN3 

WKU struggled offensively most of the game. The final score was 38-10. Collins was punting early and often, however, he did average 47 yards per punt on 8 attempts. 

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Patriotic Night: A Salute to Our Troops

Photo by Jana Bollinger

Photo by Jana Bollinger

As many of you know, this Friday’s football game against Central has been deemed as our annual Patriotic Night. Patriotic Night has become our most popular themes over the year, as it should be. What’s better than supporting the Red, White, and Blue while cheering on your favorite football team? Absolutely nothing. This game truly is a special thing; looking up into the stands from the sideline just gives me goosebumps. Seeing thousands of people all cheering for the greatest school in the world, in the greatest country in the world, while they are playing the greatest sport in the world. It’s truly remarkable.

However, over the years I do think we look at this game as an opportunity to just dress up, taking away from the true meaning of the game. And while it’s all in good-fashioned fun to buy new outfits and socialize at a football game, there are other facets of the game at play here. Patriotic Night has so much more meaning behind it, and I wanted to take to the time to point out that fact.

Simply put, this game is for the troops, who day in and day out fight for our freedom. Whether that be the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Coast Guard, or the Marines. All of those who serve in the military deserve the greatest and utmost respect, and if we can pay a little bit of homage to them with a patriotic-themed game, then everyone should be on board.

Saint Xavier Athletics produce the best of the best. We produce men of character and honor, year in and year out. So much so, that this has translated to many athletes pursuing careers in the Armed Forces. So now, I want to give credit to where credit is due, and recognize a couple of guys that represent the greatness of Saint Xavier High School.

Donnie Bowers

Donnie Bowers was a member of the class of 2007. Bowers was a tight-end for the football team, a member of the National Honor Society, and took part in the Big Brother program at St.X. In high school, he had not thought of the possibility of attending a military school. The U.S. Naval Academy changed this, however, recruiting him to be a member of their football team. This opened a new world for Bowers, and he made the decision to attend the Academy.

After graduating from the Navy, he was selected into the Marine Corps. He attended basic training in Quantico, Virginia, and was designated as an artillery officer. He first worked with the HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) Unit in California from 2013-2016. He has most recently began to work in a Recruitment Office stationed in Baltimore.

Bowers attributed some of his success to the self-discipline instilled by Mr. Drury and Mr. Espinosa. He said that they taught him to, “do the right thing when no one is looking,” and ultimately it paid off in the long run.

Jeff Marks

Jeff Marks (Class of ’88) was an active member of the Saint Xavier Community. During his four years, he was a member of the Football, Wrestling, and Track & Field teams. On top of that, he was the Student Activities Council Vice President, and a member of the National Honor Society. Almost thirty years later, Marks still says his favorite moment at St.X was running out on the field every Friday night with his teammates.

After St.X, Marks attended the Air Force Academy. He said that flying airplanes, “drew his attention.” Like Bowers, Marks didn’t know he wanted to join the military until he was actually apart of it. He described it as a leap of faith, but that it ultimately was a great decision.

From ’94-’99, Marks flew C-141 at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. He then became an instructor in Texas. In 2002, he transitioned to the USAF Reserves where he has held jobs as an instructor, recruiter, AOC Staff, among other things. Entering his 25th year of service, Marks is still active in the Reserves as a Lt. Colonel.

Zach Cahalan 

Zach Cahalan is a graduate of the Class of 2009.  At St.X, Cahalan participated in a wide array of activities, including: football, wrestling, National Honor Society, Ryken Service Club, Spanish Club, and Saint Joseph of Arimathea Society. Unlike Bowers and Marx, the choice for Zach was always clear – that he was going to join the military.

Cahalan decided to apply to West Point, because he believed that West Point is, “the most challenging and developmental commissioning source the nation has to offer.” He went on to become an Aviation Officer, more specifically a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot. From 2013-2015 he served at Fort Rucker, AL. Presently, he is stationed at Soto Cano Airbase, Comayagua, Honduras. His brother, Brewer, is also a senior wide receiver for the Tiger Football Team.

He says that he had phenomenal English teachers at St.X, to whom he praised for teaching him to effectively express his thoughts. “The military and more specifically leadership, is founded on the principles of communication, and St.X was my bedrock in this regard.”

Kevin Meredith 

Lastly, we pay tribute to Kevin Meredith, Class of 1980. Meredith suited up for the Tiger Fùtbol Team in his tenure at St.X. Instead of joining the military, he had always thought that he may become a member of the police force, but after being introduced to ROTC at the University of Kentucky, his focus shifted.

Meredith served three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. While he was stationed in Iraq in 2005, he was a Senior Adviser to the only Iraqi Armor Division in the Iraqi Army. Essentially, he was in charge of training, manning, and equipping that division. During his first tour in Afghanistan, he was a human terrain team leader. He served his last tour from 2011-2012.

Meredith is still a very active member at St.X today. All three of his sons have attended St.X, his youngest son Michael is a senior wide receiver on the football team. Kevin also serves as the defensive backs coach for the freshman football team. His military discipline and leadership has translated well to the grid-iron, and many of his players appreciate his work and ability as a coach. He emphasizes to his players, and to every St.X student to, “do the hard right thing, rather than the easy wrong thing.”

meredith

This iconic photo of Coach Meredith is inside of the Football locker room

Now these are only a couple of guys that have moved on from St.X and pursued careers in the military. There are so many more, all of whom I would’ve loved to talk with. Unfortunately, I can’t. Which is why Patriotic Night is so great; it makes it possible for myself, and everyone in the community to connect with the best of the best of our alumni. So come Friday, think about those who have come before you to serve your country, who left a legacy for you to inherit at the greatest school in the world. And to give them your whole-hearted gratitude.

To Donnie, Jeff, Zach, Kevin, and all St.X graduates that have served, this is just a small way to thank you for all that you all have done and still do… this is our salute.

God Bless the Troops. God Bless America. And God Bless Saint Xavier High School.

 

 

College Football Roundup: Week 2

Jake Collins Western Kentucky

Jake Collins and WKU take on #1 Alabama  | @jake_collins49

College Football is officially underway, and if the first weekend is any indication of how this season is going to be… we’re going to be in for a great one. Let’s look at how Tiger Tech is doing this week.

Air Force Academy  (1-0) 

18 Jackie Arnold – SS

Sept. 10th vs. Georgia State – 2:00 PM

Last game they defeated Abilene State by a score of 37-21

Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0) 
96 Karl Roesler – DL

Sept. 10th @ 15 TCU – 7:00 PM – ESPN

Roesler and the Razorbacks defeated Louisiana Tech by a slim margin of 21-20. This week they take on a tough 15th ranked TCU.

Centre Colonels (1-0) 
23 Ryan Askin – DB
88 Sam Gray – TE
96 Ben Logsdon – K/P
59 Kyle Oliver – LB
30 Connor Barnes – LB
1 Michael Ackerman – WR
65 Lowell Brown – OL
21 Jaylon Hibbs – WR
85 Davis Kannapell – TE

Sept. 10th @ Anderson (IN) – 6:00 PM

The Colonels won their opening game against Hanover 35-13. Ben Logsdon netted all of his extra point and Jaylon Hibbs had a 26 yard receiving TD late in the game. Sam Gray had one reception for 12 yards.

Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0)
77 John Kurtz – OL

Sept. 1 @ Purdue – 12:00 PM

The Bearcats won their matchup against UT Martin by a score of 28-7.

Colorado State Rams (0-1) 
12 Deonte Clyburn – LB

Sept. 10th vs. Texas- San Antonio – 4:00 PM

CSU lost to their state rival Colorado by a score of 44-7.

Dayton Flyers (1-0) 
47 Andrew McCormick – LB

Sept. 10th vs. Robert Morris – 1:00 PM

McCormick recorded three solo tackles and a pass breakup in a 31-19 victory for the Flyers.

Eastern Illinois Panthers (0-1)
67 Austin Askin – OL

Sept.10th @ Miami (OH) – 3:30 PM – ESPN3

The Panthers lost to Western Illinois 38-21.

Eastern Kentucky University (0-1) 
47 Logan Butler – LB

Sept. 8th vs. University of Pikeville – 7:00 PM – OVC Digital Network

EKU lost their matchup to Purdue by a score of 45-24.

Florida Gators (1-0)
30 Garrett Stephens – DB

Sept. 10th vs. Kentucky – 3:30 PM – CBS

Florida defeated UMASS 24-7 last week.

Franklin Grizzlies (1-0) 
88 Zach Frizzell – SE

Sept. 10th @ Butler – 6:30 PM

The Grizzlies won their home opener against Thomas More 43-39.

Indianapolis Greyhounds (0-1) 

16 Brad Schickel – K

Sept. 10th vs. Marian – 6:00 PM

The Greyhounds lost to Hillsdale College 30-24. Schickel handled all the kicking duties, hitting a 25 yard FG in the 3rd quarter, and he averaged over 37 yards a punt.

John Carroll University (0-1) 
A.J. Breit – QB

Sept. 10th vs. Baldwin Wallace University – 7:00 PM

John Carroll was defeated in their season opener 33-14.

Kentucky Wildcats (0-1) 
88 Charles Walker – WR
37 Spencer Foy – LB

Sept. 10th @ Florida – 3:30 PM – CBS

The Wildcats rallied to a comfortable lead in the first half, only to be left behind on a 34 point unanswered run by Southern Miss. Walker didn’t have any offensive stats, but was featured as the team’s starting punt returner.

Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders (2-0) 
87 Corey Smith – TE
63 Ryan Karrer – OL

Sept. 10th vs. 18 Georgetown College – 1:30 PM

The Blue Raiders defeated Lyon College 63-17

13 Louisville Cardinals (1-0) 
42 Tyler Polston – TE
60 Tyler Haycraft – OL
63 Nathan Scheler – OL
29 Mason King – P

Sept. 10th @ Syracuse – 8:00 PM – ESPN2

The Cardinals absolutely dominated Charlotte, winning 70-14. The offense was almost unstoppable, so Mason King didn’t get too much action on the night in his first collegiate start. However, the lopsided victory did allow Tyler Haycraft and Nathan Scheler to get some playing time.

Morehead State Eagles (0-1) 
15 Austin Gahafer – QB
30 Malik Carr- LB
75 C.J. Phillips – OL

Sept. 10th vs. Virginia Military Institute – 6:00 PM – OVC Digital Network

The Eagles were blown out in their season opener, clearly overmatched by 12th ranked James Madison. They lost by a score of 80-7. Gahafer threw for 125 yards, threw two picks, and was sacked multiple times. On the other side of the ball, Carr recorded six assisted tackles.

Southern Methodist University (1-0) 

56 Michael Sehlinger – LS

Sept. 10th @ 23 Baylor – 2:30 PM

SMU won their previous matchup against North Texas 34-21. They’ll have to be on their A-game to defeat a Baylor team that doesn’t seem to have dropped off production from last year.

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (0-1) 

4 George Stone III – LB

Sept. 10th vs. West Alabama – 7:00 PM – ESPN3

Stone and the Lumberjacks lost by a score of 69-17. Stone recorded 3 solo tackles and 1 assisted tackle.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (1-0) 
49 Jake Collins – K
51 Clark Campbell – LB

Sept. 10th @ 1 Alabama – 3:30 PM – ESPN2

It doesn’t get much bigger than playing the defending national champion in Tuscaloosa. The Hilltoppers made short work of Rice, winning 46-14, but they will have a lot of work to do if they want to dethrone the #1 team in the nation. Jake Collins picked up where he left off last year, averaging 47.5 yards off two punts.

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College Football Roundup 

Charles Walker running out of the tunnel at UK

Charles Walker | Photo by Clay Jackson

As the college football season begins tonight, there are many familiar faces that span across 17 different college football teams. Many are looking for breakout seasons, some for awards, and some for bowl victories. Let’s take a look at some of Tiger Tech that has brought their talent to the College Football world. And as they say, “Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger.”

Arkansas Razorbacks
96 Karl Roesler – DL

Sept. 3 vs. Louisiana Tech – 4:01 P.M. – SEC Network

As a redshirt sophomore, Roesler played in all 13 games, tallying 15 tackles, including 3.0 for a loss, and one sack. Roesler was recently named a defensive starter, and is looking for a breakout season after two years of contribution.

Centre Colonels
23 Ryan Askin – DB
88 Sam Gray – TE
96 Ben Logsdon – K/P
59 Kyle Oliver – LB
30 Connor Barnes – LB
1 Michael Ackerman – WR
65 Lowell Brown – OL
21 Jaylon Hibbs – WR
85 Davis Kannapell – TE

Sept. 3 vs. Hanover – 7:30 PM

“Tiger Tech University”, otherwise known as Centre, will look to win their conference title and make a return to the DIII Football Playoffs. The Colonels finished last year with an 8-2 record.

Cincinnati Bearcats
77 John Kurtz – OL

Sept. 1 vs. UT Martin – 7:00 PM – ESPN3

Might be intriguing to keep tabs on Cincinnati’s QB rotation, and see how Desmond Ridder will fit in the offensive system.

Colorado State Rams
12 Deonte Clyburn – LB

Sept. 2 vs. Colorado – 8:00 PM – ESPN

Clyburn started the final seven games of his junior season after being plugged in at Linebacker during the Air Force game. He record 69 tackles on the season, including 7.0 for a loss. Unfortunately, Clyburn is likely to miss the season due to a complication with blood clots. He will be able to return for his senior season in 2017 since he played as a true freshman in 2013.

Dayton Flyers
47 Andrew McCormick – LB

Sept. 3 vs. Central State – 7:00 PM

As a redshirt freshman, McCormick played in nine games, tallying three tackles. Member of the 2015 PFL Academic Honor Roll.

Eastern Illinois Panthers
67 Austin Askin – OL

Sept. 1 at Western Illinois – 7:00 PM

Started all 12 games at left guard. Part of a unit that ranked 5th in the NCAA for fewest sacks allowed. Ended the final eight games of the season without a sack.

Eastern Kentucky University 
47 Logan Butler – LB

Sept. 3 at Purdue – 12:00 PM

After a stellar senior season at St.X, Butler will look to be an early contributor for EKU.

Florida Gators
30 Garrett Stephens – DB

Sept. 3 vs. UMASS – 7:30 PM – SEC Network

After being awarded a scholarship last year for his special teams and scout teams contributions, Stephens saw action in four games last year. He was also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Franklin Grizzlies
88 Zach Frizzell – SE

Sept. 3 vs. Thomas More – 6:00 PM

Indianapolis Greyhounds

16 Brad Schickel – K

Sept. 3 at Hillsdale – 7:00 PM

Had a breakout sophomore campaign, becoming the first UIndy kicker ever to score 100 points in a season … named to the preseason watch list for the 2016 Fred Mitchell Award, an honor giving annually to the collegiate place kicker that shows excellence both on the football field and in the community.

John Carroll University 
A.J. Breit – QB

Sept. 3 at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh – 2:00 PM

Kentucky Wildcats
88 Charles Walker – WR
37 Spencer Foy – LB

Sept. 3 vs. Southern Miss – 7:30 PM – ESPNU

As many know, Charles Walker was awarded an athletic scholarship in recognition for his hard work and attitude on and off the field. He has played in every single game since coming to Kentucky, mostly contributing on Special Teams (named punt returner this year). However, Walker had five catches for 61 yards last year and he looks to expand his offensive role this year. During the spring and training camp, he mostly played with the second group, and occasionally rotated in the first group.

Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders
87 Corey Smith – TE
63 Ryan Karrer – OL

Sept. 3 vs. Lyon College – 1:30 PM

Louisville Cardinals
42 Tyler Polston – TE
60 Tyler Haycraft – OL
63 Nathan Scheler – OL
29 Mason King – P

Sept. 1 vs. Charlotte – 7:00 PM – ACC Network

Mason King is heading into the season has the featured punter for the Cardinals after redshirting last year. Haycraft and Scheler head into the year as second-stringers along the offensive line. The Cardinals are a dark-horse candidate to make it to the College Football Playoffs so hopefully these ex-Tigers will be able to contribute.

Morehead State Eagles
15 Austin Gahafer – QB
30 Malik Carr- LB
75 C.J. Phillips – OL

Sept. 5 at James Madison – 6:00 PM

Gahafer had a stellar junior season, as he passed for over 3,200 yards and passed for 24 touchdowns. He was named the Offensive Pioneer Football League Player of they Year and was one of 25 finalists named for National Offensive Player of the Year. Phillips was a starter for a group that allowed the fewest sacks in the PFL

Sept. 3 at James Madison – 6:00 PM

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

4 George Stone III – LB

Sept. 5 vs. Texas Tech  – 6:00 PM – ESPN3

Stone played in all 11 games for the Lumberjacks, posting 26 total tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss. He recorded a season best eight tackles against third ranked TCU.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
49 Jake Collins – K

Sept. 1 vs. Rice – 8:00 PM – CBS

Collins became a reliable asset for the Hilltoppers as a redshirt freshman this year. He became the primary punter for the final eleven games of the season and the primary kicker for the final five games. He average 41.7 yards per punt – ranking 19th in the nation. Collins picked up numerous awards on the season, including: Conference USA All-Freshman Team, Conference USA All-Academic Team, and a Ray Guy Award Nominee.

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