“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
We have posted this before, but in honor of this weekend’s NFL Draft I have put a list together of the Saint Xavier football players who have played in the NFL. The years next to the player’s name are the years they played in the NFL.
Bernard Crimmins (G) – 1945 – Notre Dame. He played one year in the AFL at the age of 26 and scored one touchdown. From 1952 to 1956, Crimmins served as the head football coach at Indiana University Bloomington and was later inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.
Robert Talamini (G/OG) – 1960-1968 – University of Kentucky. He played 8 years for the Houstan Texans and his last year in the AFL with the New York Jets. Talamini was a part of the New York Jet’s Super Bowl victory and started against the Ravens in their win in Super Bowl III.
Samuel Gruneisen (C/G/LB/OG) – 1962-1973 – Villanova University. He played for the San Diego Chargers. After completing his tenure in professional football, Gruneisen coached at several levels of the sport.
Maurice Moorman (OG) – 1968-1973 – University of Kentucky and Texas A&M. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs during the early days of the NFL. After winning the American Football League Championship with the Chiefs in 1969, he started for them in their victory over the National Football League Minnesota Vikings in the fourth and last AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
Dicky Lyons (S) – 1970 – University of Kentucky. He was drafted in the 4th round (103rd overall) by the Atlanta Falcons. He is the father of former Kentucky and NFL wide receiver Dicky Lyons, Jr.
Kevin Lamar (OG) – 1987 – Stanford University. He played one year in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills. Kevin was a part of “The Play” when California ran back a kickoff to win the game and the Stanford band famously ran on to the field before the game ended. Lamar, a Stanford player who was in on the tackle, says that Garner’s knee had hit the turf while he was still in possession of the ball, but the play was ruled a touchdown.
Christopher Sedoris (C) – 1996 – Purdue University. He played his single year with the Washington Redskins.
Will Wolford (OG/OT) – 1986-1998 – Vanderbilt University. He was the Bills’ first-round pick in the 1986 NFL Draft, and played for them from 1986–1992, including AFC championships (and Super Bowl losses) in his last three years in Buffalo. Wolford signed as a free agent with the Colts in 1993, and finally joined the Steelers from 1996-98. He was named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster in 1990, 1992, and 1995. This upcoming season he will return to his alma mater and lead the Saint X football team onto the field as the head coach.
Bernard Jackson (DE) – 2002 – University of Tennessee. He played for the Washington Redskins at age 22. He not only played football but was a center in basketball and won state titles in discus and shot put. In 1998, Jackson was a part of Tennessee’s National Championship.
Joe Tronzo (FB) – 2010-2011 – University of Louisville. Joe played primarily on the practice squad for the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans over 2 years.
All of these players were fortunate enough to continue to play a sport they love and even after they graduated from Saint Xavier they made us proud.
*If we left any names off the list, we apologize. Let us know, and we will be sure to add them!*
Central High School quarterback Myron Norfleet (7) runs against pressure from South Warren High School during the first half of play at Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky. November 28, 2014 | John Sommers II | Special to the Courier-Journal
“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare
Good afternoon, Tiger Nation! What a win for Tiger Football last Friday night! We can’t focus on the past too long though, as Tiger Football will travel downtown to face the Central High School. So, let’s get to know the Central Yellowjackets.
School Colors: Black and Gold
Location: 1130 W Chestnut St, Louisville, KY, 40203
Notable People Associated with Central:
Muhammad Ali – Muhammad Ali finished his career with a 56-5 record and won the world heavyweight championship in 1964. Ali is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years. He was crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC.
D’Angelo Russell – The Louisville native was the number 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and played college basketball last year at Ohio State. Russell attended Central before transferring to Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida after his freshman season. In 2014, he was named a McDonald’s All-American.
Coach: Ty Scroggins
Top players: Myron Norfleet (QB), Cory Johnson (RB), Kambrin Brown (WR), Clavon Armstrong (WR), Aaron Duncan and Luke Bowman
Last year: 10-5 Record. Lost to Belfry in the KHSAA 3A State Championship.
Last Game: Defeated Christian Academy 28-21.
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
What a week. Really, what a last four days. Tiger Fall Sports is in full swing now and all four sports had a strong week. Sometimes we, Tiger Nation, forget how good we have it here. As part of my senior year and this being my last time around the sports circuit, I want to make sure we do understand how special this program is and how this year could be extra special. To do that, I will occasionally write on Sunday nights on the latest in Tiger Sports.
Between Thursday and Saturday, Tiger Football defeated Henry Clay 40-13, Tiger Cross Country beat the other two best teams in the state at the Tiger Run, Tiger Golf continues to dominate and Tiger Soccer beat South Oldham, last year’s state runner-up.
Let’s dive into a bit more though, so here is the latest in Tiger Sports.
Coming into the season, there were some question marks for this team. Who would be quarterback? How would the new offense work? Do we have to rebuild or did we reload once again? Those three were answered Friday night.
One thing you noticed immediately at the game, was that Desmond Ridder has that “it” factor about him. He can change a broken play into a big play, and he did that Friday where he took many broken plays and ended up running or scrambling for a huge gain. One person told me, “His vision of the field makes him unlike a lot of people. He sees everything.” That can’t help but make you excited about these next two years with him at the helm.
This offense could be really good this year. The offense produced almost 600 total yards and struck early and often against Henry Clay. They were up 30-0 before you could even blink it felt like. This offense is fast paced and aggressive. There isn’t much pause in between plays. They just line back up and keep going. Their goal is to be the best conditioned team out there and make the defense tire early.
Over 400 yards rushing is huge no matter what team you’re playing, and you have to give some credit to the O-line for that. They have five new starters, but they stepped up big in the first game with a brand new offense.
With one game under the belt, are the Tigers ready for Bowling Green? The Purples have beaten the Tigers the past four years, and the team felt they should have won last year. The team took that OT loss personal and with it being Patriotic Night, they want to get a W for the fans. The team truly believes this is the year to end the streak.
Tiger Soccer is on a bit of a high too, as they just defeated South Oldham on Thursday night. Last year, the Dragons dominated the Tigers in a 2-0 win, but that didn’t happen this time around. South Oldham was ranked #4 in the state going into the game, and St. X was ranked #8.
This team feels like they have the talent to go really far this year. They feel like they are getting better week by week, and they know that they’re in really good form right now. South was a good early test for the Tigers, and they for sure passed. They didn’t start fast but once they settled in, they dominated possession and controlled the game. They have a long way until state and Trinity is good once again this year, but they believe they have the talent to pull it off. The seniors don’t want to leave this school without a state ring, and they are doing everything they can to make sure they get one.
Soccer has a road trip coming up next weekend, as they travel to St. Louis for two games against Springfield-Glendale and St. Louis University High School. These will be big tests, as both teams will be difficult competition. We will have scores up on the site and twitter feed as soon as we have them.
Last year at state, Tiger Cross Country lost by one point to South Oldham in a surprise upset. That has been eating at the runners, and many have not gone a day without thinking about it. Saturday, they got their chance to get some revenge on South Oldham for last year. The Tigers took the opportunity and beat South Oldham by 17 points and beat Trinity in the process as well.
The win was huge, and Matthew Thomas and Spencer Hayden ran great races, but it was almost more about who was out that is even more special. Freshmen Grady Shiflit and Zach Larkin both did not run in the Varsity race, and they have a very good chance of being in the top five at the end of the year. Junior Ryan Guenthner and sophomore Patrick Schaeffer were both out of the race as well and will almost certainly be one of the top five runners for St. X. Winning Saturday was great, but they could still be a lot better which is kind of scary to think about.
The vibe around the course on Saturday was how good of a race it was. Thomas battled with Cole Dowdy of South Oldham until the very end, and Hayden beat out Tanner Dowdy. It truly was a battle up front, and it shows how good this season could be for cross country racing fans everywhere in the state.
Tiger Cross Country has an off-week next Saturday, and will travel to North Oldham’s Rumble through the Jungle the following weekend. The Trinity Invitational will be the week after that.
The Tiger Golf team won once again, this time at the Madison Central Invitational. The same five members that won state last year are back again this year and looking for a repeat. They want to finish their careers at St. X. as back to back state champs. They have the experience to do it, so all they have to do is finish it out once again.
Because they brought back five members from last year, they know they are the favorites, but they also know they are their own competition. One told me, “There are solid teams that are capable of solid team scores, but at the end of the day if we play to our abilities, we’ll come out on top.” They will play at the Henry Clay Invitational next weekend.
Tiger Football kicked off their regular season at Lexington Catholic last night with an amazing performance. The Tigers defeated the Henry Clay Blue Devils 40-13 and dominated every facet of the game, putting up over 500 yards of offense, forcing turnovers and a safety on D and dominating on special teams.
The game started out quickly as the new fast-paced offense was active from the start. Junior Desmond Ridder and the Tiger offense drove the ball down the field in just a few minutes with Ridder capping it off on a QB keeper from five yards out. The Tiger defense quickly forced Henry Clay to punt, and the Tigers drove into the red zone before being stopped on fourth and goal at the 1 yard line. The defense picked them up though when junior Jack Kronk got into the backfield and tackled the Henry Clay running back for a safety, putting the Tigers ahead 9-0.
The score would stay that way until early in the second quarter when junior Sam Taylor took a handoff from the 9 yard line and ran it in for another touchdown putting the Tigers up 16-0. After another defensive stop the Tigers drove again as Ridder showed off his arm, connecting with senior Trey Clements for a 23 yard touchdown pass. Shortly after that score senior Logan Butler stripped University of Kentucky commit Davonte Robinson and the Tigers recovered. The offense worked quickly and scored yet again, this time on a 12 yard run by senior Chase Rowan that put the Tigers up 30-0 with 6:50 remaining in the first half. Henry Clay finally broke through on the next drive with a touchdown of their own, but the Tigers answered with a 43 yard field goal from junior Cam McDonough following a 53 yard run by Ridder to move the score to 33-7 at the end of the first half.
Shortly after the second half began, the game took a turn for the worse as junior Braidon Washburn was down for over 20 minutes after a tackle. He was moving and responsive, eventually being taken off the field in an ambulance as a precaution.
The Tigers later stopped the Blue Devils on fourth and goal, but the Tiger offense could do nothing to capitalize on it. The third quarter ended with the score still at 33-7 Tigers. Early in the fourth quarter Henry Clay scored a touchdown but had the PAT blocked making the score 33-13. On the ensuing drive. Desmond Ridder led the Tigers down the field and ran it in himself for a 19 yard touchdown. The Tigers now led 40-13 and that is where the score would stay.
In his first Varsity start Desmond Ridder had 273 total yards, including 151 on the ground. Ridder felt he did what the offense allowed him to do, “I think we executed well. We came out strong.”
Next week is a big one for the Tigers, as they face off with recent foe and 5A powerhouse Bowling Green. It’s the first home game of the season and Patriotic Night, so we expect the Rage Cage to be packed in support of Tiger Football. For now, we’ll celebrate a great opening victory over a talented Henry Clay team.
NEXT GAME: Friday vs. Bowling Green – 8:00 pm