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14 time Kentucky State Champions

A Name You Will be Hearing a Lot This Fall: Andrew Uhls

If you don’t know the name, you will very soon. Andrew Uhls started on the defensive line last year as a junior and made a major impact. This year, he will look to do more of the same while improving on areas of his game that weren’t as strong. If the Tigers want to win a State Championship this year, Uhls and the rest of the D-line will need to have a strong season. You know he’s a big dude, but how much do you really know about Andrew Uhls? Here are some facts about the D-lineman whose offer sheet will continue to grow.


Full name: Andrew Michael Uhls

Position: Defensive Line

Jersey number: 96

Grade: Senior

Height: 6’4

Weight: 235 pounds

Nickname: Uni

Fun Facts

Favorite food?  Spaghetti

Pregame meal?  PB&J

Favorite TV show?  Psych

Favorite college team?  Louisville

Favorite pro teams?  Cleveland Cavaliers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds

Football idol?  Peyton Manning

Biggest role model?  Grandad

Dream school to play football?  Oregon

Favorite subject?  Math

Favorite teacher you have had at Saint X?  Mr. Gruneisen

Current offer(s)?  Morehead St.

How do you mentally prepare for a game?  Listen to music and going over my
responsibilities for the game

Favorite football memory?  Winning the toy bowl in 7th grade

Individual goals for this year?  Win state and improve on my game from last year.

Hobbies outside of football?  Basketball and video games

Celebrity crush?  Jennifer Aniston

Favorite movie?  The entire Harry Potter series

Favorite restaurant?  Chili’s

What is the significance behind your number?  Honestly, there is no significance behind my number. Last year was the first year I wore it.

Go-to lunch at school?  Chicken wrap, chips and a PB&J

Person that has been most influential in your football career?  My dad

Favorite artist/band?  Kid Cudi

All time favorite song?  Take on me by A-Ha

Current favorite song?  Jersey by Future

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor?  I do not have one.

If you could go back in time to any point in your life when would it be and why?  Back to when I lived in Florida because I had no responsibilities and lived by the beach.

3 most important things to you?  Family, religion, and friends

What are you looking to improve on this season?  Looking to be a more dominant force on our defense this year.

How Well Do You Know Your Quarterback, Jack Albers?

As most people know, the starting quarterback for the Tiger Football team this year will most likely be rising senior Jack Albers. Albers, who played sparingly last year while sitting behind Cincinnati commit Desmond Ridder, will look to lead the Tigers to their first state championship in eight years. You know the name and the face, but how much do you really know about the soon-to-be signal caller for the Tigers? WSTX compiled some fun facts about the person behind number 11.


Name: Jack Thomas Albers

Position: Quarterback

Jersey number: 11

Grade: 12

Height: 6’1

Weight: 180

Nickname: Cowboy Jack

Fun Facts

Favorite food?  Wendy’s

Pregame meal?  Beef jerky and a bag of munchies

Favorite TV show?  Family Guy

Favorite college team?  Indiana Hoosiers

Favorite pro teams?  Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Cavaliers

Football idol?  Peyton Manning

Biggest role model?  Dad

Dream school to play football?  Indiana

Favorite subject?  History

Camps attended?  Western Kentucky, Northwestern, Ohio University

Camps you will be attending in the future?  Princeton, Pennsylvania University, Dartmouth, Yale

Current offer(s)?  Kentucky Wesleyan University

How do you mentally prepare for a game?  Listen to music and go over scouting reports

Favorite football memory?  Winning the Toy Bowl in eighth grade

Individual goals for this year?  Lead the team to a State Championship

Team goals for this year?  Win the State Championship

Hobbies outside of football?  Call of Duty, fishing

Celebrity crush?  Rihanna

Favorite movie?  Superbad

Favorite restaurant?  Pat’s Steakhouse

What is the significance behind number 11?  The team I played for when I was younger didn’t have the number I wanted so I instead chose 11 and I have worn that ever since.

Go-to lunch at school?  Fried chicken sandwich with a yogurt parfait and a side of fries

Person that has been most influential in your football career?  Dad

Favorite artist/band?  Rihanna

All time favorite song?  Play that Funky Music by Wild Cherry

Current favorite song?  Self Made by Bryson Tiller

All-time favorite Sports Center anchor?  Stuart Scott

If you could go back in time to any point in your life when would it be and why?  When I was 5 years old and had nothing to worry about

3 most important things to you?  Family, schoolwork, football

What are you looking to improve on this season?  Staying in the pocket longer and not scrambling as often

2017 Spring Signing Ceremony 


Yesterday, 12 athletes from 9 different sports signed on to play to the next level. Congrats to all these guys for all the hard work they have put in, it has certainly paid off. Good Luck to all these guys in college. Go Tigers!

Jake Zickel – Lacrosse (University of Indianapolis): Zickel is a three-year Varsity Letterman and two-year starter at midfield for the Tigers. In 2016, he was the team’s 4th leading scorer with 23 goals and 7 assists. This year, he has displayed skill as one of the best ball handlers around the crease, while racking up 17 goals and 11 assists.

Nic Malubay – Lacrosse (Centre College): Nic is a two sport Varsity Letterman, earning honors as an Attack on the Tiger Lacrosse team and as a Defensive Back on the Tiger Football team. After scoring 5 goals and assisting on 11 in 2016, he has emerged as the team’s second leading scorer this year with 25 goals and 11 assists.

Spencer Blandford – Tennis (University of Southern Indiana): Blandford was a state semi-finalist in Doubles this past season. Presently, he is a team captain and carries an 11-2 record in singles and 13-0 record in doubles this year. He is a four-year Varsity tennis Letterman, and his singles victory in 2015 and come from behind doubles court victory in 2016 helped the Tigers capture two recent team titles.

Ryan Guenthner – Cross Country and Track (University of Cincinnati): Ryan was the top senior finisher for St.X at the KHSAA State Championship meet in November, finishing 4th overall in 15:58. He was a 2017 Team Captain, a state competitor for 2016 &2017 back-to-back state Championship squads, and an integral member of the 2017 Nationally Ranked Cross Country team this past fall. During his four years at St.X, he has earned five varsity letters – 2 in Track and 3 in Cross Country.

Andrew Edwards – Track and Cross Country (Centre College): Andrew was one of the top seniors and a Team Captain as the 8th runner for the 2017 State Championship and nationally ranked Tiger Cross Country team this past fall. During his four years at St.X, he has earned four varsity letters – 2 in Track and 2 in Cross Country

Martin Nitzken – Swimming (Miami of Ohio): Martin was a four-year Letterman for the Tiger Swimming and Diving team. In 2017, he was a State Captain and a state finalist for the third time. For the second consecutive year he, along with his teammates, broke the Kentucky state record in the 200 yard medley relay at the KHSAA State Meet, earning both All-State and All-American honors.

Owen Johnson – Football (Elon University): Owen was the Tiger Football team’s 3rd leading scorer, kicking 8 field goals and 41 extra points. In addition, he was a valuable member of the kick-off team, consistently booming his kicks into the end zone, eliminating any chance for a return. Owen earned 2nd team All-Metro Area Kicker honors from the Courier Journal for his accomplishments this year.

Brad Middleton – Soccer (Bellarmine University): Brad was a 2 year Letterman at striker for the Tiger Soccer program. During his career, he scored 12 goals and had 4 assists to help lead the Tigers to 34 wins. With 8 goals and 4 assists this season, he was the team’s leading scorer.

Chris Esselman – Baseball (Centre College): Chris has been a varsity starter for the past two seasons as an infielder and right-handed pitcher. In 2016, he hit .278 with 4 doubles and was 1-0 pitching with 3 saves. In addition, he hit .364 in last year’s KHSAA State Tournament, helping the Tiger Baseball team claim their second title in three years. Currently, Chris is hitting .386 with 21 RBI and has earned two victories on the mound.

Joshua Schmidt – Wrestling (Lindsey Wilson College): Josh has earned four varsity letter in Wrestling and two more for the Tiger Powerlifting team during his four-year career. In 2017, he was a State Champion powerlifter as well as Jefferson County and Region 4 Wrestling Champion at 113 lbs. He also earned victories in the first two rounds of the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament for the state-runner up team.

Sam Wilson – Baseball (Earlham College): Sam has been a stalwart on the mound for the past two Tiger Baseball seasons. In 2016, he had a 1.46 ERA in 24 innings pitched. In 2017, he has a 1.24 ERA in 22.2 innings while striking out 25 opposing batters and earning 3 wins in 6 appearances.

Ian Waldrop – Soccer (Hanover College): Ian was a two-year varsity Letterman for the Tiger Soccer program. During his career, he scored 5 goals and had 5 assists to help lead the Tigers to 34 wins. With five assists, he was the team’s second leading facilitator for the team in 2017.

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.


“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.


2017 Winter Signing Day

1st Row:

1st Row: Austin Cook (Campbellsville), Zac Collins (Purdue), Desmond Ridder (Cincinatti), Braidon Washburn (Lindsey Wilson). 2nd Row: Dallas Miles (Mount Union), Sam McDonogh (Morehead State), Blake Roshkowski (Bellarmine), and Curry Stevens (Tiffin)

Today was a big day for eight Tiger athletes, as they signed their Letters of Intent to enroll in their respective colleges and play at the next level. Congrats to the following athletes!

Austin Cook – Campbellsville: Cook has been a four year varsity team member and has contributed to the team every year. He currently wrestles in the 120 pound weight class.

Zac Collins – Purdue:Collins will be continuing the tradition of St.X punters going on to play with a D1 program. Following in the footsteps of his older brother Jake (WKU) and Mason King (Louisville), Zac was a very valuable member to the Tiger Football team this year. He earned numerous accolades including All-District and All-State Honors.

Desmond Ridder – Cincinatti: The Tiger Quarterback has been the offensive focal point for the team since he took over the reigns his junior year. Over his career, he has accounted for 3,142 total yards and 39 touchdowns.

Braidon Washburn – Lindsey Wilson: Washburn started at Outside Linebacker and was a centerpiece of the Tiger Defense this season. He led the team in forced fumbles and total tackles.

Dallas Miles – Mount Union: Dallas has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year and has been a valuable member over the course of his career. He currently wrestles in the 152 pound weight class and is ranked #5 in Kentucky.

Sam McDonogh – Morehead State: Although McDonogh did not get to play his senior season due to injury, McDonogh will sign on to kick at Morehead State. As a junior, he was named to the All-District team and was one of the most consistent kickers in the Louisville Area.

Blake Roshkowski – Bellarmine: Blake has been a valuable member to the football and lacrosse teams since his sophomore year. Roshkowski committed to play D1 Lacrosse with his brother Will during his junior year. However, he wasn’t able to suit up his junior lacrosse season due to an ACL tear, and had the same injury during this past football season. However, in the time that Roshkowski has been able to play, he was one of, if not THE best midfielders in Kentucky. He was named to 1st Team All State as a sophomore.

Curry Stevens – Tiffin: Stevens has been a member of the Varsity Soccer team since his junior season. He primarily played outside back for the Tiger Soccer team.

#2 Michael Meredith’s Hail Mary Catch

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!


Michael Meredith (#25) celebrates with his teammates after his Hail Mary catch. | Photo by @saintxpics

One play can change the attitude of a whole game.

With the game starting to get out of hand, Male was leading 21-7, and the Tigers were on their heels.

Desmond Ridder and Co. were running the two-minute drill to keep the game close going into the half, but the drive stalled and they were forced to punt. However, a Male penalty kept the drive alive. The Tiger Offense stepped up to the line at the Bulldogs’ 39 with 3.4 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Ridder dropped back and launched a prayer downfield, the ball was tipped, and it fell into the waiting arms of Michael Meredith to make the score 21-14 going into the half.

What was so special about this play is that it quite literally changed the season for the Tigers.

They would go on to win the game, clinching the district title for the first time since 2009. It ended a four game losing streak to Male. Lastly, it gave the Tigers three straight home games in the playoffs, which was a big reason why the Tigers made it to the state semi-finals for the first time since 2009.

While the come from behind win against Lexington Catholic was the biggest comeback in 6A Football history, the Tigers’ comeback win against Male had so much more on the line. Which is why Michael Meredith’s Hail Mary Catch is by far my favorite moment of the Tiger Football season.

#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

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

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

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!

lexington catholic celebration

The 2016 Tiger Football team had the most memorable season in recent memory. Going undefeated in their district, and making it to the state semi-finals. Both were firsts since the 2009 State Championship team.

However, the season did not look so promising after the first quarter and a half of the team’s first regular season game.

The score was 28-0 and Lexington Catholic had just scored off of a ninety yard pick six. The Tigers looked sluggish and weren’t executing in all facets of the game. But like many times this season, the Taylor twins lighted a fire in the team. Sam would go on to finish with nearly 250 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while Jake would finish with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Sam Taylor got the scoring going with a 1 yard touchdown with 4:55 to play in the second quarter. The defense made a few stops and gave Owen Johnson good field position to knock in a field goal before the end of the first half. The score was 28-10 after the second quarter.

The Tigers would not take the lead until late in the fourth quarter, a two-yard rush by Jack Albers, and he then proceeded to hit Mack Blincoe for the two-point conversion. Sam Taylor put in the dagger on a 10 yard rush with 1:50 to play.

In the win over Lex Cath, the Tigers scored 42 UNANSWERED POINTS en route to the biggest comeback in St.X and 6A Football History.

#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


2016’s Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports

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!

Starting with #10… Tiger Swimming wins their 28th straight title.

2016 Swimming and Diving State Champions

Photo by Conor Revell

For the 28th consecutive year, the Tiger Swimming and Diving team are Kentucky High School Swimming and Diving State Champions. The last time Tiger Swimming lost State, Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.

The 200 yard medley relay team of current seniors Martin Nitzken and Keefer Barnum, graduate Matt Steiden and Clayton Forde, who now swims at Georgia, got the day started off right for St. X. They broke the state record in the event by .59 seconds and won by 3.14 seconds over Covington Catholic’s relay team.

Over at the 1 meter Diving competition, now graduated Michael Miller won with a score of 437.05 and beat Evan Brungs of Convington Catholic by 13.65 points. The only other individual winner on the day for the Tigers was Barnum in the 100 yard breaststroke. Barnum won the event with a time of 55.31. In the prelims on Friday, Barnum broke the state record in the event with a time of 54.69.

The Tiger Sharks look to capture a 29th straight title next year, which would tie the national record for most consecutive titles.

Gameday Central | Semi-Finals vs. Trinity

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Gameday Information

Saint Xavier Tigers (10-3) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (13-0)
Friday, November 25th
6:30 PM
Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium

Game Notes 

The time has come again Tiger Nation! In a few hours, your Saint Xavier Tiger Football team will kickoff with archrival Trinity at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. Last time these teams played, Trinity defeated St.X by a score of 35-13. However, as I mentioned in my post earlier this week, the Tigers have really come together since that loss. They have posted a 7-1 record since, with two wins apiece over Manual and Male. In short, the Tigers have been playing their best football of the year.

Even with the Tigers playing on another level, the Shamrocks are no joke. They are a good football team and it’s as simple as that. To win tonight, it’s going to take the Tigers A-game.

The Tiger Offense will look to no other than Desmond Ridder and Sam Taylor to get the ball rolling. The duo has been nearly unstoppable since their last matchup with Trinity, and they’ll be looking to prove that the game was a fluke. The return of senior offensive lineman Joe Lyons will certainly help their case. Lyons went down with a knee injury the week prior to their first matchup with the Shamrocks, but since his return, he has been leading the charge for a great O-Line. Strong play from the Tigers one-two punch with a boost in the trenches looks as good as a gameplan as any.

The Tiger Defense will face a steep challenge in containing the Trinity offense. As many of you know, junior receiver Rondale Moore was recently cleared by the KHSAA to suit-up for the Shamrocks. He has instantly added firepower to the offense, posting eight receptions with six touchdowns. However, the Tiger Defense has been the major component of why your Tiger Football team has been playing so well. They’ve been able to contain the likes of Jaelin Carter from Manual and B.K. Smith from Male, so Moore is just the next guy in front of them. In addition to containing Moore, the key for the Tigers this game will be to win on third down. The Shamrock Offense was able to sustain drives for 5+ minutes last game, and that simply cannot happen if the Tigers want to win.

The X-Factor this game, in my mind, ultimately comes down to Special Teams. With both of these teams playing so well on Offense and Defense, this looks to be a gritty game that’ll come down to the wire. Field position is going to be a major factor in the game and if that’s the case, the Tigers are in good hands. Owen Johnson has consistently been sailing kicks out of the end zone and Zac Collins has been pinning opponents deep in their own territory on his punts. Special Teams play could just swing the result of the game either way.

The Tigers have been steadily climbing the ladder in the playoffs, taking one game at a time. They have known their playoff path for the past two months and what they wanted to do in those games. First, it was Muhlenberg – win the game big. Next, it was Manual – make a statement. Then it was Male – knock off the defending champions.

And now it’s Trinity – revenge.


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What Have You Been Up To, Trinity?

Hello Tiger Nation! After a 31-21 victory over Male last Friday, the Tiger Football team has reached the state semi-finals for the first time since 2009. They will play arch rival Trinity at 6:30 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Last time these teams played, Trinity controlled the tempo and defeated the Tigers by a score of 35-13. This looks to be a very different game this time around as the Tigers have been peaking at just the right time. So Trinity, what have you been up to?

Record: 6-0 (13-0 overall) 

Eastern: Trinity defeated Eastern 56-0 to win their second district game of the year.

Seneca: Defeated Seneca by a score of 58-0.

Ballard: Finished the regular season by defeating Ballard 55-0. Outscored district opponents 239-0 in regular season play.

*Ohio County:Won 69-0.

*Eastern: Same score the second time around.

*Ballard: The Shamrocks came out flat this game, but ultimately outgunned Ballard by a score of 63-20. First time they had allowed points since playing the Tigers.

*Playoff Game

Nothing really had to be said after the loss, but the atmosphere in the locker room, at practice, and during games has just been different. Since playing Trinity, the Tigers have dialed in and been playing their best football of the year.

The Tigers have known for almost the last two months that the playoffs would work out this way and they have been slowly been waiting for another shot at the Shamrocks. With a trip to Bowling Green on the line, it’s going to be an all out war come Friday Night.

It can’t come soon enough.


Gameday Central | Regional Championship vs. Male

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Gameday Information

Saint Xavier Tigers (9-3) vs. Male Bulldogs (10-2)

Friday, November 18th

7:30 PM

Br. Thomas More Stadium

Game Notes 

 The game plan should be largely the same in the rematch against the Bulldogs, but the Tigers will need to play a complete game more than ever tonight. The Tigers got out lucky with a stellar second half in the first matchup, but Male will almost certainly have a different fire in them tonight.

For the Tiger Defense, the Tiger Secondary will need to win the battle. They were largely able to control a lethal passing attack last game, and they’ll need that same performance tonight. Look for defensive back Austin Eisert to have another great game against the Bulldogs tonight.

The Tiger Offense will need to control the line of scrimmage from start to finish. The Bulldogs have been victim to a couple of injuries to their front seven, so look for the Tigers to expose that.


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Gameday Central | DuPont Manual


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Gameday Information

Saint Xavier Tigers (8-3) vs. DuPont Manual Crimsons (9-2)

Friday, November 11th

7:30 PM

Br. Thomas More Stadium

Game Notes 

Both the Tigers and the Crimsons have a feel for each other as they rematch in the second round of the playoffs tonight. The game plan for each team is likely not to shift much, but the game will simply come down to who executes more efficiently.

For the Tiger Defense, stopping runningback Andre Teague will be the focal point of the night. Teague has been on a tear since the last meeting with the Tigers, highlighted by a five touchdown performance in a win over PRP. While Teague is the workhorse, the Defense will also need to contain wide receiver Jaelin Carter and not allow him to get over the top.

The Tiger Offense will continue to be a run-first team against the Crimsons. The Crimsons are led by a strong front seven, but I believe that the Tigers O-Line is simply too good to let them impact the run game. Expect another big game from Sam Taylor and Desmond Ridder.


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Catching up with Manual Football

Tiger Football vs Manual

Hello Tiger Nation! The Tiger Football team will move on to the second round of the playoffs after rolling past Muhlenberg County last Friday. This Friday, the Tigers will face DuPont Manual for the second time this season, but with state title hopes on the line. Last time we played the Crimsons, the Tigers won comfortably 28-12. The Crimsons have played four games since our last meeting. So, Manual, what have you been up to?

Record: 3-1 (9-2 overall) 

PLEASURE RIDGE PARK (home) – WIN – The Crimsons rebounded a week after the loss to the Tigers by defeating PRP 34-21. Andre Teague finished with five rushing touchdowns on the night.

MALE (away) – LOSS – The Crimsons lost to Male in the Old Rivalry 27-14. The score is a little deceiving. Manual had a chance to tie it up on a last-ditch effort drive in the fourth quarter, but Male picked off a pass for a 95 yard touchdown.

EASTERN (home) – WIN – Manual defeated Eastern 34-13.

HENDERSON COUNTY (away) – WIN – The Crimsons defeated Henderson County in the first round of the playoffs 53-18.

Yes, the Tigers won the last matchup against Manual, but they cannot be taken lightly. Manual is a good football team, and has shown that they can compete. The winner of this game will face the winner of the Male/PRP game in the quarterfinals. It’s win or go home, so expect both teams to come out swinging.



“Who Are These Guys?”: Muhlenberg County



“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare

Tiger Nation, it’s postseason time for Tiger Football! St.X has secured home field advantage up to the third game in the playoffs. The Tigers will face Muhlenberg County, the 3rd seed from District 1. Muhlenberg County is a fairly new school as the school merged the North and South schools in the county in 2009 (they have two separate campuses for their school still). Let’s get to know them a little bit:

Mascot: Mustangs

School Colors: Sky Blue and White

Location: West Campus – 501 Robert Draper Way

East Campus – 2900 St. Rt. 176,

Coach: Brandon Standiford

Top players: Hunter Combs (QB), Desmond Johnson (RB/OLB), Cameron Gonzalez (OL/DL), Bronzyn Healey (RB/S)


Tiger Football’s Postseason Outlook


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The time is finally upon us Tiger Nation – playoff time for Tiger Football. The Tigers look poised to make a deep postseason run and have a legitimate shot at winning it all. I’m not superstitious, but if you think I’m jinxing our chances at the state title, there are more than a couple of reasons that the Tigers have a great chance to be the last ones standing in December:

1. Home Field Advantage

The Tigers will have the possibility of playing at Br. Thomas More Stadium through the first three rounds of the playoffs after winning the district for the first time since 2009. It is notable to point out the Tigers are 4-0 at home this season, and have won by an average of 25.5 points per game.

When the districts were realigned, the district of St.X, Male, Manual, PRP, and Butler was quickly named the “Super District”. This year, District 3 boasts three teams in the Top 10 per the Litkenhous Ratings (oddly enough, Male is still ranked ahead of us) and PRP has jumped back and forth from the group. So winning the district and securing home field advantage is a pretty huge momentum boost and tell of the team’s ability.

2. The Ground Game

The rushing attack has been the focal point of the offense from the first game, seen by Sam Taylor’s 260 yards rushing and three touchdowns against Lexington Catholic. Since then, Taylor has gone on to eclipse 1,000 yards for the season and could very well pass 1,500 yards by the time it’s all said and done. Factor in quarterback Desmond Ridder and now the Tigers very well could have two 1,000 yard rushers on the season. To round out the backfield, fullback Mack Blincoe has been silently had a great year as well. However, the running game starts in the trenches, and luckily, the Tigers have one of the best offensive lines in the state. Led by senior Joe Lyons (who just returned from a knee injury) and junior Wyatt Smock, they have been a force up front and have helped lead a rushing attack that averages well over 200 yards per game.

3. Experience 

Coming into the season, Coach Wolford and Co. knew they would have a very strong senior class and a lot of returning starters from the previous season. In all, the Tigers had 13 returning starters and others who had seen the field fairly often. Many of these players have gone through the emotions of the playoffs, and all of them will tell you the gut-wrenching feeling they got last year. None plan on having it again. Minus Blake Roshkowski and kicker Sam McDonogh, experience will be a huge advantage for the Tigers as they hit the main stage.

4. Defense Wins Championships

The Tigers’ Defense has performed at a high level all year and there are a few games, specifically the Male game, that didn’t look so good for the Tigers had the Defense not stepped up. The defensive line stands out as the arguably the best position group on the team. The likes of seniors Max Willinger, Kyle Robinson, and Ryan Adams have wreaked havoc on opposing linemen all year. Junior Andrew Uhls has also provided valuable depth for the core of the defense.

Rounding out the rest of the front seven, outside linebacker Braidon Washburn has stepped up into a huge role this year. He’s the guy you’d want to go to war with and is tough as nails. Last game against Cincinnati  St.X he was playing through an illness. He responded by nearly returning a fumble recovery for a touchdown and making some players look silly. Lastly, the Tiger Secondary has been vastly underrated this year. They held a Male passing attack, supposedly the most lethal in the state, in check. They have also constantly made their presence felt as run stoppers, delivering some of the biggest hits in every game.

5. It’s Just About Damn Time

Since the Tigers won their first state championship in football in 1956, they have not gone longer than eight years in between another state title. Well, it’s the seventh year without another state title, and if history is a good indicator, then the Tigers look pretty set to win it all.

Go Tigers!