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Helmet Stickers: Players That Shined Against Trinity

It was a game to remember, last Friday.  The St. Xavier Tigers beat the Trinity Shamrocks for the first time since 2009.  So many tough losses over the past seven meetings of the teams for the Tigers were finally forgotten after the 35-21 dominating performance by St. X.  It took everybody on the team to be all in and focused on one common goal.  Trinity is a dangerous team and is not going to be an easy game if we happen to see them again, but on Friday, we were by far the better team.  Mentally and physically.  Lots of guys made some primetime plays and as such they deserve a special shoutout today.  In the spirit of College Gameday, here are our choices for the guys deserving of a new helmet decal after Week 7:

Blake Roshkowski

Blake Roshkowski celebrates with the fans of Tiger Nation after the big win | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Blake Roshkowski celebrates with the fans of Tiger Nation after the big win | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

The sophomore sensation stole the show against Trinity as he broke free time after time on the jet sweep.  Trinity had no answer for Roshkowksi all night long.  He finished with 5 carries for 96 yards, but his first score set the tone for the whole game as he walked in untouched to put St. Xavier up 7-0 with Ben Logsdon’s extra point.  He even had his own featured story in the Courier-Journal about his breakout performance because he only had one carry coming into the game against the Rocks, but that didn’t matter.  We knew he would be a big time player because of his great play earlier this year on the lacrosse field a part of the state championship team that crushed Trinity in the title game.  Trinity just can’t stop Blake Roshkowski in any sport.

Colin O’Daniel

Colin O'Daniel created a spark of momentum seemingly every time he touched the ball | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Colin O’Daniel created a spark of momentum seemingly every time he touched the ball | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Another non-senior stepped up big time for his older teammates.  Colin O’Daniel hauled in a huge 30-yard touchdown catch to put the Tigers up 21-0 early in the game.  He blew past his defender showing some speed that has been unfamiliar to guys in green and gold in past years.  Trinity’s defensive backs were just not prepared for the speed of O’Daniel, Michael Ackerman and Roshkowski.  O’Daniel also set up the game-sealing touchdown by taking the kick off return back all the way to the Trinity 47 which made it easy for the Tiger Offense to clinch their first win over their rivals in a long time.

Noah Houk

Noah put together a legendary performance on the biggest stage. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Noah put together a legendary performance on the biggest stage. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

It goes without saying that Noah shined the brightest on the biggest stage.  The senior quarterback exemplifies everything it is to be a St. Xavier football player.  He made play after play when his team needed it most and carried this program to one of their biggest wins since he was in the 7th grade.  Just like we predicted, he would follow in his father’s footsteps and defeat the Rocks… scary how history repeats itself.

Coach Chad Lyons

Offensive Coordinator Chad Lyons | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Offensive Coordinator Chad Lyons | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

A special helmet sticker goes to not a player, but Offensive Coordinator Chad Lyons.  Coach Lyons put together a spectacular game plan that was well executed, but seemed to simply dominate the Shamrock defense.  The big plays were something that we haven’t seen out of a St. X offense in a long time and for the players that were getting wide open into space, that is just great play calling mixed with a lot of talent of course.  Houk made the plays, but without the preparation from Coach Lyons, this game could have gone a different way.  Congrats on the win Coach!

Helmet Stickers: Players That Shined Against Central

The Tigers picked up their fourth win of the season last night with a big victory over the Yellowjackets.  Winning will surely boost the Tigers’ confidence heading into “The Game”.  Lots of guys made some primetime plays and as such they deserve a special shoutout today.  In the spirit of College Gameday, here are our choices for the guys deserving of a new helmet decal after Week 6:

Trace Amshoff

Trace Amshoff

Trace Amshoff | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

The 5-9 185 lbs. Senior linebacker snagged his first interception of the year.  Amshoff played a lot of minutes Friday for the Tigers and gave them great leadership from the middle of the defense that will be key as we head down the stretch of the season.  The turnover battle will win the game for either team this Friday and it is plays like Trace’s that give the Tigers chances to win.

Noah Houk

Noah Houk | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Noah Houk | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Another great performance from Noah was displayed last week against Central.  Houk led the Tiger Offense for the first half which ended in a 40-0 lead heading into the locker room.  He threw two touchdowns and added another on the ground to help the Tigers to their fourth win of the season.  His game will be put to the test this week of course, but we believe that the Senior is up for it.  Tiger Nation, enjoy Noah because there is not much more you could ask of a player when it comes to his leadership and in a blow out like last week, it was evident.  For that, here’s a helmet sticker Noah.

Taijon Smith

Taijon Smith | Photo by Scott Utterback

Taijon Smith | Photo by Scott Utterback

Two touchdowns on 95 yards rushing was Taijon’s stat line for the win over the Yellowjackets before Coach Lyons and the coaching staff let off the gas pedal to get some younger guys playing time.  Smith will have to have a big night for the Tigers in their game against Trinity at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium this week, so we’re glad he did his damage early and got some rest too.

Helmet Stickers: Players That Shined Against Fairdale

Friday night showcased an awesome atmosphere inside Br. Thomas More Stadium to the hundreds of Future Tigers that were on hand for Future Tiger Night.  The win over the visiting Fairdale Bulldogs was one that gave lots of confidence to the heartbroken Tigers coming off a tough week 3 loss.  Lots of guys made some primetime plays and as such they deserve a special shoutout today.  In the spirit of College Gameday, here are our choices for the guys deserving of a new helmet decal after week 4:

Colin O’Daniel

Colin O'Daniel scores his first Varsity touchdown | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Colin O’Daniel scores his first Varsity touchdown | Photo by Jana Bollinger

The junior wide out brings an exciting playing style to the game that we haven’t seen in quite some time.  He is a track star that does a great job of running crisp routes and finds a way to get open A LOT.  In the game Friday, Colin caught a 49 yard bomb from Noah Houk to score the Tigers’ third touchdown of the game and put away Fairdale really early.  His breakaway speed totally twisted up the defender attempting to guard him, leaving him on the turf with his pride at about the 30 while O’Daniel glided into the end zone untouched.

Brandon Blaser

Senior cornerback Brandon Blaser takes back an interception for six points. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Senior cornerback Brandon Blaser takes back an interception for six points. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Brandon picked off Fairdale QB Dylan Garcia’s pass four plays into the Bulldogs’ first possesion and returned it all the way for a touchdown.  It is these kind of defensive plays that will win the Tigers’ big games later on this season.  The team that takes care of the ball is usually the one that wins and if the Tiger Defense can create turnovers like Brandon’s again and again, I like our chances in a lot of games this season.  The play was a great read by Blaser to sit on an out route by one of Fairdale’s wide outs and Garcia put the ball right on Brandon’s numbers giving him an easy pick-6.

Ben Logsdon

Ben Logsdon kicks off against Fairdale in his first game action of 2014. | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Ben Logsdon kicks off against Fairdale in his first game action of 2014. | Photo by Jana Bollinger

On Friday, outside of the game’s great outcome, the biggest storyline was the return of senior kicker Ben Logsdon.  He stepped right in and capped off two drives by making a pair of extra points and kicking off.  It was as if nothing ever happened, but that is not the case as our own Cole Bollinger told us in his great story about the journey of Ben Logsdon back to the field.  All of Tiger Nation was happy to see #15 put one through the uprights on Friday!