“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare
Good afternoon, Tiger Nation! This will be the first week that all of the Fall Sports teams will be competing. However, we are going to focus on Tiger Football’s opening game against Lexington Catholic. While many teams began their seasons last week, the Tigers had a bye week. We can’t wait to see the our favorite team in action. So without further a due, “Who Are These Guys?”
School Colors: Blue and White
Location: 2250 Clays Mill Rd, Lexington, KY 40503
Notable People Associated with Lexington Catholic:
Alison Lundergan Grimes: Grimes is in her second term as the 76th Secretary of State of Kentucky. She was the Democratic Candidate for the United States Senate in 2014, but was defeated by Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.
Brian Cashman: Cashman first became apart of the Yankees organization in 1986. Cashman has served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager for the New York Yankees since 1998. During his tenure as Assistant GM and VP/General Manager, the Yankees have won seven American League pennants and five World Series championships.
Ben Revere: Revere was selected in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. After playing in the minors for three years, he made his big-league debut in 2010. Revere played with Twins until 2012, but was traded to the Phillies at the end of the year. Since then, he has played for the Toronto Blue Jays and presently the Washington Nationals.
Coach: Mark Perry (3rd season)
Top players: Kirk Fagot (QB), Damien Jones (RB), Jack Fagot (S), Austin Pedroche (LB/RB), Ben Buchigani (WR), Dylan Coulter (DL), Austin Lauterbach (S), Woodford Lankford (OL), Sam Hodges (WR), Zach Owsley (DT)
Last year: 11-4, defeated by Belfry in the 3A State Championship Game
Last Game: Won 41-18 vs. Boone County
The Tiger Football team advanced to 2-0 on Friday night after dominating the Bowling Grenen Purples 45-19.
We’ve seen his brother come through in the clutch, we’ve seen him come through in the biggest games, in both lacrosse and football, but did Blake Roshkowski have a game.
On the opening kickoff in front of a packed and patriotic Rage Cage, Roshkowski ran it back 99 yards to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead only fifteen seconds into the game. When asked about the opening kickoff Roshkowski said, “My mindset was that if we’re going to beat these guys, we’d have to get on them quick, and I just saw the open grass and went for it.” Blake went for it and he got it. The Tigers kept the momentum as they stripped the Bowling Green ballcarrier and recovered the fumble. A few plays later Desmond Ridder ran it in from three yards out putting the Tigers ahead 14-0. The Tiger defense quickly forced the Purples to punt and after a big pass play, Sam Taylor came through with a three yard touchdown run to put the Tigers up 21-0 in the first quarter.
As the second quarter started the Tigers threw an interception, but they quickly regained possession when Logan Butler recovered a Bowling Green fumble. The Tigers then drove down the field, but had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Cam McDonough. The Purples finally got on the board with a touchdown, but the extra point was blocked and the Tigers lead 24-6. That’s when Roshkowski made his presence known again. He took the handoff from Ridder on an end around from the 25-yard line and scored to give the Tigers a 31-6 halftime lead.
After halftime the Purples started to get back into the game scoring two touchdowns that would draw the score to 31-19. In the fourth quarter both teams drove the ball down the field, but each threw an interception, the Tigers interception coming off a tipped pass that defensive end Ethan Adams caught (Adams also had 2 1/2 sacks). Following the interception the Tigers drove into the red zone, and handed the ball to Roshkowski who scored on another end around, this time from the nine-yard line. That score put the Tigers up 38-19, but the final nail in the Purples coffin was Roshkowski’s fourth and final touchdown which came on a 67-yard punt return. That return put the Tigers up 45-19 and that was where the score remained until the final horn blew giving the Tigers their first victory over Bowling Green since 2006.
The Tigers produced 364 yards of offense including an astounding 189 yards in the ground. A large portion of the ground game came from juniors Sam Taylor (100 yards and a TD on 16 carries) and Blake Roshkowski (61 up yards and 2 TDs on 4 carries). The Tiger defense also did a great job of forcing turnovers, ending with a total of four (three fumbles and an interception). However, special teams is what made the difference including Roshkowski’s two return TDs, Cam McDonough’s field goal and a blocked PAT.
The crowd was large and impactful, when asked about how the fans influenced the team Roshkowski said, “The crowd really helped the team. We had all these students and fans who understand how long we’ve been waiting to beat Bowling Green.”
While the Rage Cage was rowdy, and the fans were loud, they certainly had a lot to cheer for. The Tigers have come out of the gate hot and look to carry the momentum throughout the year and to Central next week. While performances like Roshkowski’s surely aren’t to be expected every game, the amount of impact players that the Tigers have will make this season a very exciting and memorable one.
NEXT GAME: Friday @ Central – 7:30 pm
For the fifth straight year, the Saint Xavier Tigers will take on the Bowling Green Purples in a top five match-up of state powers. This should be a great game between the two teams, and it will be even more exciting with it being Patriotic Night on top of it all.
It was a defensive showdown last year down in Bowling Green with the Tigers losing 6-0 in overtime. It was a hard fought game, but the Tigers simply did not get it done. QB Noah Houk threw for 133 yards on 13-19 passing while RB Taijon Smith ran for 58 yards on 17 carries. The Tigers committed three turnovers in last year’s game.
2014 – Saint Xavier 0, Bowling Green 6
2013 – Bowling Green 39, Saint Xavier 25
2012 – Saint Xavier 31, Bowling Green 38
2011 – Bowling Green 28, Saint Xavier 20
2006 – Saint Xavier 15, Bowling Green 7 (at Western Kentucky University)
2005 – Saint Xavier 13, Bowling Green 7 (at WKU)
*KHSAA.org’s datatbase only goes back to 1998
PURPLES ALL-TIME GREAT
Robert Reynolds (Bowling Green 1995-1998) – Reynolds was a part of Ohio State’s 2002 National Championship team and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Reynolds and his older brother, Patrick, are also believed to be the only siblings to win national championships at the BCS level (Robert) and at the I-AA level (Patrick, senior lineman for Western Kentucky’s National Championship team). Both won in the 2002 season.
The Purples have defeated the Tigers four straight times and are looking to make it five on Friday. The Tiger Football team will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen on Patriotic Night in Brother Thomas More Stadium. The Purples have the confidence to come and beat St. X, but they have a lot of pressure to go along with their winning streak. This game will be a battle between two of the top five teams in the state, and it should be a great one. I’ll say St. X 28-27.
This week, the Tigers will take on the Bowling Green Purples in what will surely be a great game to be at. Two years ago, when the Purples visited the Tigers, the Rage Cage took on Patriotic Night which will once again be theme for Friday night. The Purples have dominated the Tigers in recent action, but that could change this year.
Bowling Green has started their season with two straight blowout wins and probably couldn’t have started more comfortably. The Purples have a trio of juniors that could cause the Tigers fits in wide receiver DeAngelo Wilson, quarterback Clark Payne and running back Jamele Carothers. Throw in senior running back Jacob Yates, and you have a very solid attack on offense.
As for the Purple’s defense, Safeties Tre Fant and Griffin Cline are ball hawks who have already combined for three interceptions so far this year. Fant returned one for a touchdown last week against Christian County. Cline also is one of the Purple’s leading tacklers with 10 tackles. The Tigers also must watch out for Dalan Cofer who has had 2.5 sacks in the first two games.
The game will start at a later time than usual for St. X, as the game will kickoff at 8:00 pm EST. This is due to Bowling Green having to travel from central time and giving them enough time to get up to Louisville after school.
Tiger Football will have to play an almost perfect game to pull off the upset Friday night. The Purples really have controlled this series in recent years, but if the Tigers were to beat them in a one game situation, Friday night might be the night to do it. Brother Thomas More Stadium will be rocking with Patriotic Night in full force, and it could lead to a magical atmosphere.
We hope to see you at the came, cheering on the Tigers in person, but if you can’t make it, you can get live coverage on Twitter by following @WSTXSports and @TigerSports_TV. We’ll get you the radio information as soon as we hear, so you can listen to John Spears and Tony Burke on the call of what hopefully will be a big Tiger Football victory.
Bowling Green Purples
Game details: Sept. 4 (Friday), 8:00 PM, Brother Thomas More Stadium
Coach: Kevin Wallace (19th Season)
Last year: 11-2; lost to Graves County in Class 5A Region 1 Championship
Player to watch: Junior quarterback Clark Payne (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) has been the leader for the Purples on the field so far this season. He has thrown for 5 touchdowns and 262 yards through 2 games. Running back Jamele Carothers and Wide Receiver DeAngelo Wilson have also had multiple touchdowns so far this year, but Payne will dictate the pace of play for the Purples. Stop Payne; stop the Purples.
Season vibe: The Purples have started their season off with two straight blowout wins against Monroe County and Christian County. Bowling Green is once again one of the favorites to win the Class 5A State Championship and was listed as the 3rd best team in the entire state in The Courier Journal’s Jason Frakes’ power rankings this week. The Purples lost in the Region Championship last year, so they will be out for blood this season, as they look to reclaim their spot at the top of 5A.
“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare
Good afternoon, Tiger Nation! Not a lot will be going on this week in Tiger Sports until Wednesday when Tiger Soccer travels to Male, but we want to go ahead and start preparing you for the big game on Friday. We are talking about the showdown at Brother Thomas Moore Stadium between Tiger Football and Bowling Green at 8:00 PM. This is a huge game for a number of reasons, but we will get to that later. For now, get to know the Bowling Green Purples.
School Colors: Purple and Old Gold
Location: 1801 Rockingham Ln, Bowling Green, KY 42104
Notable People Associated with Bowling Green:
Paul Kilgus was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, and the Baltimore Orioles from 1987 to 1993.
Ann-Blair Thornton was named Miss Kentucky 2011. She was named The Quality of Life Award Winner at the Miss America 2012 pageant.
Coach: Kevin Wallace (19th year)
Top players: Clark Payne (Sr. QB), Jamele Carothers (Jr. RB), DeAngelo Wilson (Jr. WR), Luke Brown (Jr. WR), Jacob Yates (Sr. RB), Cody Boyd (Sr. CB), Connor Roper (Sr. LB), Andrew Spader (Sr. LB), Griffin Cline (Sr. S) and Dalan Cofer (Jr. DE).
Last year: 11-2 Record. Lost to Graves County in the KHSAA 5A Region 1 Championship.
Last Game: Defeated Christian County 55-14