Category Archives: Tiger Football
14 time Kentucky State Champions
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.
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.
Tuesday, November 1st
4:00 PM – Bowling vs. Seneca at Fern Valley Strike and Spare
Thursday, November 3rd
4:00 PM – Bowling vs. Trinity High School at Executive Strike and Spare
Friday, November 4th
7:30 Varsity Football vs. Muhlenberg County (Playoffs)
Saturday, November 5th
Cross Country – KHSAA State Meet @ Kentucky Horse Park
TBA – Basketball Green vs. Gold Game
4:15 PM – Hockey @ Owensboro
The future of Tiger Football is looking better than ever after the completion of the JV and Freshman football seasons. Both teams finished the year with unblemished records – a combined 20-0 record.
The JV team had impressive victories over Male, Moeller, Trinity, and capped off the season with a 35-21 win over DeSales. The JV offense was especially potent. Led by quarterback Keegan Sullivan, the offense averaged 34.4 points per game. Sullivan had a slew of weapons including wide receiver Brycen Harkins (14 touchdowns on the year) and runningbacks Aric Lyons and Anthony Moretti. The JV defense was just as stellar, led by linebacker Patrick Owen and safety Sam Boarman, allowing an average of only 13.7 points per game.
The Freshman team dominated almost every single team they played, winning by an average of 21.3 points per game. The Baby Bengals closed the season with a brutal stretch of six games over fourteen days. Quarterback Douglas Bodhaine, runningback Logan Davis, and center Turner Farris led the way for the offense. On the other side of the ball, safety Jake D’Antoni and defensive lineman Totoy Ilagen and Harrison Weis proved to be standouts. Defensive back and return man James Taylor proved to be a valuable all-around athlete for the team as well.
This is an absolutely amazing accomplishment by the Tiger Football program from top to bottom. The JV and freshman players have made a huge leap for the program and everyone is extremely proud of the way they have played.
A few sophomores have already begun to make their contribution on the varsity level, and the way they played as a whole this season, it seems that many underclassmen are poised to make an impact next season. As the Varsity team heads into the playoffs, many of the sophomores, and possibly a few freshman will dress for the team. The play of both respective teams just goes to show that St.X Football will maintain athletic excellence for years to come.
Saint Xavier Tigers (7-2) @ Cincinnati Saint Xavier Bombers (4-5)
Friday, October 28th
Saint Xavier High School (Cincinnati)
The Tiger Football team travels up to Cincinnati for the battle of St.X’s as they face the Cincy St.X Bombers. The Bombers are similar to the Tigers in that they have disciplined kids and are very well coached. This will prove to be a good measuring stick game for the Tigers, who have caught fire at just the right time before they head into the playoffs next week.
Both teams will be fighting for momentum heading into the playoffs, especially the Bombers who need this win to secure a playoff position.
Hello, Tiger Nation! The Tiger Football team will close out the regular season this Friday Night when they travel to Cincinnati to play the other “St.X.” The Tigers are looking to finish the regular season strong and a win over arguably the strongest opponent they play all year would be a huge confidence booster heading into the playoffs.
Colors: Blue and White
Location: 600 N Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45224
Head Coach: Steve Specht
Players to Watch: Chase Wolf (QB) , Micah Farrar (WR) , Cameron Specht (WR) , Carl Grimm (FS) , Brady Stoll (OLB) , Blake Bacevich (MLB) , Colton Paul (DB)
Record: 4-5; wins over Mentor, Cathedral, Moeller, and Elder
While they do have a losing record, do not let that fool you. The Bombers are no joke and their record is due to an absolutely brutal schedule. They play nationally ranked teams almost week to week. You may have seen their first game against the #4 team in the nation St. John Bosco on ESPN.
Chase Wolf, a junior quarterback, has been filling in for the injured Penn State commit Sean Clifford for the majority of the season. He has stepped up fairly well, but I’d imagine he wasn’t prepared to take the reins of the offense this year, and the offense as a whole does hurt from losing Clifford. He does have some weapons though in Micah Farrar and Cameron Specht who are both very athletic receivers that will pose a threat for the Tigers Secondary and surely will have helped him out.
As for the Bombers Defense, they are led by safety Carl Grimm and outside linebacker Brady Stoll. Grimm is the leading tackler for the team (62 total) and Stoll is not far behind and has posted 4.5 sacks as well. Desmond Ridder and the Tigers offense will need to keep note of where they are on the field to be successful.
Saint Xavier Tigers (6-2)@ Butler Bears (4-5)
Friday, October 21st
District Game #4
Butler High School
With a win tonight, the Tigers could go undefeated in their district for the first time since 2009. This would be a huge feat, as our district is by far the toughest in the state of Kentucky. While Butler has not won a game in the district, they are very athletic and have some kids who can flat-out play. In any other district, they would be competing for a title every year, so they are not to be overlooked.
Last week goes to show that when the Tigers get the run game going, the offense is nearly impossible to stop. Taylor and Ridder weren’t able to get much going in the first half, but after solid stops by the defense in the second (and a little confidence boost from the Hail Mary), the duo were able to move things along. The two combined for 193 rushing yards. The run game will remain the key player to the Tigers’ offensive success.
I mentioned how the defense really stepped up in the second half last week against Male, so the goal this week will be to carry out that same success against Butler the whole game. Butlers quarterback Blake Showalter has proven to be the focal point of the Bears offense, so stalling him will be pivotal for the Defense.
Overall, the Tigers will just need to work on coming out of the gate much faster. The last few games, both sides of the ball have had trouble getting things going, and eventually finding themselves in a hole. Obviously, things have still worked out, but as we approach the end of the regular season, working on a faster start is going to immensely benefit the team.
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Hello, Tiger Nation! The Tiger Football team will travel to Butler for their last district game of the year this Friday. The Tigers have already clinched the district title, but don’t look for them to take their foot off the gas. This will be Butler’s senior night and they have nothing to lose this game. Let’s take a look at the Butler Bears.
Colors: Red, White, and Blue
Location: 2222 Crums Ln, Louisville, KY 40216
Head Coach: Gary Wheeler
Players to Watch: Desmond Miller (RB,DB), Blake Showalter (QB), Greg Jackson (RB), Frank Bentley (WR)
Record: 4-5; wins over Meade County, Western, Doss, and Eastern
Last week, the Bears notched their fourth win of the season with a win over Eastern 33-27. With that win, the Bears have some confidence coming into the game Friday night. They will have nothing to lose in this game, so expect them to come out playing hard, trying to steal a win from the Tigers.
Monday, October 17th
5:30 PM – JV Football vs. Butler
7:30 PM – Varsity Soccer @ duPont Manual (1st Round of Regional)
Thursday, October 20th
5:30 PM – Freshman Football vs. Butler
7:30 PM – Varsity Hockey vs. Paul Dunbar @ Lexington Ice Center & Sports
Friday, October 21st
6:30 PM – Varsity Hockey vs. TBA @ Iceland Sports Complex
7:00 PM – Varsity Football @ Butler
Saturday, October 22nd
11:00 AM – Freshman Football @ Fern Creek
One play can change the dynamics 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 company were running the two-minute drill to get one last scoring opportunity to keep the game close. The offense stepped up to the line on fourth down, Ridder threw a prayer downfield towards the end zone with 3.4 seconds remaining, and the ball was tipped and fell into the hands of Michael Meredith. 21-14 Male at the half.
The SportsCenter-esque play was the one that shifted the momentum for the rest of the game. The Tigers that came out of the locker room in the second half were a completely different team.
The Tiger Defense was challenged the whole game, but really stepped up in the second half. Led by Kyle Robinson and Max Willinger, who each had pivotal sacks, the Tigers’ D limited the lethal Male Offense to 101 yards in the second half.
The terrific play by the Defense gave the Tiger Offense just enough time to find their rhythm in the fourth quarter.
Owen Johnson knocked in a 23 yard field goal with 8:47 left in the fourth following a 13 play drive that was stalled by the Male Defense. But the Tigers were too close to victory to let it slip through their fingers.
Another big stop on Defense and a 20 yard punt return by Brewer Cahalan to the Male 41 yard line gave the rushing attack of Sam Taylor and Ridder a chance to get the lead. The Tigers were driving and got to the five yard line following a defensive pass interference. Taylor got the ball on the next play and was able to punch it in, capitalizing on his great offensive effort (108 yards, 2 touchdowns). The score was now 24-21 St.X.
With about two minutes left to play, Male punted the ball once more, and Ridder would then only need two plays to run in from 15 yards out. 31-21 Tigers.
Male made one last-ditch effort to keep the game alive, but the Tiger Secondary, after being knocked on all week, put some icing on the cake of their stellar game with Jake Taylor snagging the interception. Game. Set. Match. Tigers win 31-21 at Male, breaking their four game losing streak, and locking up the district title for the first time since 2009.
With this win, the Tigers will have the possibility of playing in three straight home games in the playoffs, their first road game would be in the semi-finals at the least.
Saint Xavier Tigers (5-2) @ Male Bulldogs (6-1)
Friday, October 14th
District Game #3
Male High School
The Tigers travel to Male High School in their third district matchup of the year with some stakes on the line. Whoever wins this game will (likely) begin the playoffs with three home games. St.X has played close to Male as of late, but have lost the last four matchups, and they will be looking to end the streak tonight.
On paper, the Tiger Offense is poised to have a great game tonight. Male has typically played with six players in the box and five in coverage, which will cater to a huge running attack for Sam Taylor and Desmond Ridder tonight. The Tigers have averaged well over 200 yards rushing per game, playing against 7 or 8 guys in the box. Of course, the Bulldogs are sure to make adjustments, but if they don’t, they’ll have a hard time stopping the run game.
The Tiger Defense will need to stop Male’s lethal passing attack if they are going to win this game. That will largely fall on the secondary, but constant pressure on Male quarterback T.J. Thomas will be key as well. Thomas has passed for over 1000 yards and has 20 touchdowns against three interceptions. His top receivers in B.K. Smith and Ethan Bibb have combined for 11 of those touchdowns and the Tiger Secondary will need to match their speed to stop them.
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Hello, Tiger Nation! The Tiger Football team will face off against Male this Friday in the most important game of the season. Postseason implications are on the line Friday, as the winner will have the home field advantage for the first three games in the playoffs. Let’s take a look at what the Tigers are up against.
Colors: Purple and Gold
Location: 4409 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40213
Head Coach: Chris Wolfe
Players to Watch: T.J. Thomas (QB), Robert Sheffield (FS), Ethan Bibb (WR), Stephon Mayes (OLB), Nathan Hobbs (DB), Davyeon Higgs (RB), Andrew Arnold (OL), Rasean McCauley (TE/DE)
Record: 6-1; only loss is against Trinity 37-34.
Since Male’s loss to Trinity, they have gone on an absolute tear against their next three opponents. The Bulldogs have won against Seneca, Butler, and PRP. In that time period, they have scored an average of 50 points, while only allowing 7.3 points per game.
The Tigers tested the undefeated 6A Champions last year, but ultimately lost 27-24. The Tigers will be looking for some revenge come Friday night, especially in front of Male’s home crowd. After a convincing win against Manual last week, they will have some confidence coming into this game that will ultimately play in their favor.
Monday, October 10th
5:30 PM – JV Football vs. Male
Wednesday, October 12th
6:00 PM – Varsity Soccer vs. Brown (District)
Thursday, October 13th
5:30 PM – Freshman Football @ Male
6:30 PM – Varsity Soccer vs. TBD @ Male*
Friday, October 14th
7:30 PM – Varsity Football @ Male
Saturday, October 15th
10:00 AM – Freshman Football @ Fairdale
10:00 AM – Cross Country at the Lexington Catholic Invitational @ Kentucky Horse Park
* The winner of St.X vs. Brown will face the winner of Male vs. Collegiate
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
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
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.
DuPont Manual will travel a few minutes down the road to Brother Thomas More Stadium to face the Tigers on Friday Night. After a loss to Trinity last week, look for the Tigers to be extremely aggressive and focused, especially since it is Senior Night as well. The Crimsons have not defeated St.X since 1993.
Colors: Red and White
Location: 120 W Lee St, Louisville, KY 40208
Head Coach: Scott Carmony
Players to Watch: Sean Cleasant Jr. (DL), Bryce Cosby (DB), Jaelin Carter (WR), Andre Teague (RB), Matt Motley (WR), Keenan Bileyu (DE)
Record: 6-0: last game they defeated Butler 28-0
Manual has remained undefeated through their easier half of the schedule, and their first first true test in the District will be against an angry Tiger Football team. They have defeated the likes of Central, Fern Creek, Seneca, Ballard, Western, and Butler.
The Manual Offense is pretty simple: run the ball down the opponents throats, and once they stack the box, pass it out to their best receiver in Jaelin Carter. Last week in their win against Manual, they had a total of 55 plays, and had only 5 passing plays. Senior Andre Teague has been their main runningback. Stopping the Manual Offense will be stopping their gritty run game.
The Manual Defense has been pretty solid over 6 games, allowing no more than 20 points in all contests (including three shutouts). The stars of the defense are their pair of college commits in Sean Cleasant (EKU) and Bryce Cosby (Ball State). The Tiger Offense will really need to open up the passing game this week as Manual’s defensive backfield provides some opportunities through the air.
Saint Xavier Tigers (4-1) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (6-0)
Friday, September 30th
Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium
The time has finally come. In a few hours, over 30,000 people will pack into Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium to watch the most anticipated high school game in the country. The Tigers will have a lot of opportunities tonight.
The Tigers have the opportunity to defeat the #1 ranked team in the state and #18 ranked team in the country, they have the opportunity to snap a four-game losing streak and avenge a heart-breaking loss last year, to sweep the Shamrocks at all levels, and to prove to everyone that the Tigers are still a powerhouse in the state of Kentucky.
That being said, the road to accomplishing these things will not come easy. Trinity is a tough team, and the key to this game will be controlling the line of scrimmage. The Tigers O-Line will have a lot of work to do against a gritty front line for Trinity. The Trinity defense has allowed just 72.4 rushing yards per game, while the Tigers are averaging about 260 yards rushing per game. Desmond Ridder and Sam Taylor will need to make some plays early to pressure the Defense, and open up the passing game. However, the receiving core has taken a hit with the devastating injury of senior Wide Receiver Blake Roshkowski, who tore his other ACL on the opening kickoff against PRP. The other starting receivers in Cameron Garrett and Michael Meredith will need to step it up when given the chance to make a play.
The Tiger Defense is facing an offense that is every bit as good, if not better, than the Bowling Green Offense they faced off against in Week 2. The objective remains the same: win in the trenches. The senior trio of Kyle Robinson, Max Willinger, and Ryan Adams are going up against a battered Trinity O-Line, which should help their cause. If they can bottle up the run game, expect the Tigers to come out with a victory.
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