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Tigers vs. Bulldogs Tonight

Photo by Kody Nalley

Photo by Kody Nalley

The Varsity Tiger basketball team will host Fairdale tonight at 7:30 PM.  The triple header begins at 4:30 PM with the freshman team, followed by the JV squad at 6:00 PM.

Come out and support the Tigers in the Brother John Wills Sports Activities Center.  If you can’t make the varsity game, it will be broadcast live beginning at 7:05 p.m. on WKRD 790 AM Radio or listen ONLINE.

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!

 

Final Statistics: St. Xavier 41 Fairdale 12

GAME LEADERS

Pass Rush Rec
St. Xavier Houk 3-5, 70 yds, 1 tds Martinez 6 car, 45 yds, 0 tds O’Daniel 1 rec, 49 yds, 1 tds
Fairdale Garcia 6-15, 60 yds, 0 tds Cole 22 car, 113 yds, 1 tds Rutter 2 rec, 46 yds, 0 tds

TEAM STAT COMPARISON

St. Xavier Fairdale
Number of Plays 40 48
Total Offense 258 187
Time of Possession 00:14:27 00:33:33
Rushing Attempts – Yards 25 – 180 33 – 127
Passing: Completions – Attempts 5 – 15 6 – 15
Passing Yards 78 60
Passing: Touchdowns – Interceptions 1 – 0 0 – 4
Fumbles – Lost 0 – 0 1 – 1
Turnovers 0 5
First Downs 12 14
First Downs – Rushing 8 9
First Downs – Passing 3 5
First Downs – Penalties 1 0
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/7 (42.9%) 5/11 (45.5%)
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 (100.0%) 1/2 (50.0%)
Penalties – Yards 2 – 20 2 – 30
Defensive Sacks – Yards 2 – 22 0 – 0
Punts – Average 3 – 31.0 3 – 44.7

RUSHING STATS

Att Yds Avg TD
#34 John Martinez 6 45 7.5 0
#14 Noah Houk 2 32 16 1
#8 AJ Breit 2 32 16 0
#22 TaiJon Smith 4 19 4.75 1
#9 Desmond Ritter 1 14 14 0
#47 Sam Taylor 3 10 3.333 1
#37 Meyer Hundley 1 9 9 0
#2 Colin O’Daniel 1 7 7 0
#38 Wes Taylor 1 5 5 0
#23 Chase Rowan 2 4 2 0
#26 Will Mattingly 2 3 1.5 0

RECEIVING STATS

Rec Yds Avg TD
#2 Colin O’Daniel 1 49 49 1
#21 Jaylon Hibbs 1 15 15 0
#5 Jake A Ballard 1 7 7 0
#25 Michael Ackerman 1 6 6 0
#80 Corbyn Buchart 1 1 1 0
#19 Andrew Raley 0 0 0 0
#85 Davis Kannapell 0 0 0 0

DEFENSIVE STATS

Tkl Solo Ast Sac TFL Int
#30 Jack Kronk 3 3 0 0 1 0
#52 Mason Moorman 3 3 0 0 0 0
#50 Trace Amshoff 3 3 0 0 0 0
#24 Daniel Pusey 2 2 0 0 0 0
#46 Garrett Lentz 2 2 0 0 1 0
#41 Carter Mattingly 2 2 0 0 0 0
#44 Kurt Ramser 2 2 0 0 0 0
#5 Jake A Ballard 1 1 0 0 0 0
#51 Cobe Calhoun 1 1 0 0 0 0
#21 Jaylon Hibbs 1 1 0 0 0 0
#76 Tucker Donlon 1 1 0 0 0 0
#53 1 1 0 0 0 0
1 1 0 0 0 0
#31 Corey Clements 1 1 0 1 1 0
#45 Jackson Hayes 1 1 0 0 0 0
#79 Ethan Adams 1 1 0 0 0 0
#12 Jake H Ballard 1 1 0 0 0 0
#43 Chris Beets 1 1 0 0 0 1
#83 Daniel Bowling 1 1 0 0 0 0
#36 Andrew Lyons 1 1 0 0 0 0
#55 Dylan McFarland 1 1 0 0 0 0
#73 Patrick Zehnder 1 1 0 0 1 0
#78 Jonathan Bode 1 1 0 0 0 0
#96 Ryan Fleming 1 1 0 1 1 0
#90 Adam Haas 1 1 0 0 0 0
#93 Evan Bale 0.5 0 1 0 0 0
#77 Christian Fell 0.5 0 1 0 0 0
#11 Ian Kania 0 0 0 0 0 1
#49 Logan Butler 0 0 0 0 0 1
#29 Brandon Blaser 0 0 0 0 0 1

KICKING STATS

FG FGA XP Pts
#15 Ben Logsdon 0 0 2 2
#98 Michael Bennett 0 0 2 2
#56 Christian Calleja 0 0 1 1

PUNTING STATS

Att Yds Avg I20
#17 Mason King 3 93 31 2

 

Tiger Football cruises to a 41-12 victory over Fairdale

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

On Senior Night and Future Tiger Night, the Tiger Football team defeated the Fairdale Bulldogs 41-12 to move to 3-1 on the season. The Tigers finished with 258 total offensive yards and held the Bulldogs to 187 total yards. The stats were a bit skewed, as much of the Bulldog’s yards came in garbage time.

The Tigers were led by a strong burst of energy at the beginning of the game with both the offense and defense clicking. The first drive of the game ended with a bang, as senior quarterback Noah Houk scored on a 29 yard run.

“It was a nice little read play,” said Houk. “I got to give all the credit to TaiJon (Smith) who made a great fake and the lineman and receivers who blocked well. Without them, I would not have been able to do it.”

Four plays into the first Fairdale possession, senior Brandon Blaser intercepted a Bulldog pass and turned the interception into a pick six to put the Tigers up 14-0.

“The number one receiver that I had, went in; I broke up on the ball, it went right to me and caught it. I saw no one behind me, so I just kind of jogged into the end zone with my teammates,” said Blaser. “It felt great. I just felt unreal going into the end zone with my brothers.”

The next possession after that Logan Butler continued the “No Fly Zone” domination, as he intercepted a pass from Fairdale quarterback Dylan Garcia. Five plays after that, senior running back Taijon Smith punched in a touchdown from one yard out. With two minutes to go in the 1st quarter, the Tigers were driving again. Houk threw a dime to junior Colin O’Daniel, who made a defender fall, as he caught the ball and ran into the end zone for a 49-yard touchdown.

That touchdown was O’Daniel’s first ever varsity level touchdown, and he could tell the difference. “It was a whole lot more hype. Everyone is around you, and everyone is intense. It’s a big game. It’s varsity. It counts, and it’s just a lot more lighthearted and fun.”

Starting the second quarter, junior QB AJ Breit led the Tigers down the field, and sophomore running back Sam Taylor brought home another touchdown for the Tigers from two yards out to make it 34-0. The scoring stayed the same until 4:48 minutes left in the third quarter, when junior linebacker Chris Beets scored the last touchdown of the night off a pick-sick to give the Tigers their 41 points.

Junior running back John Martinez had as strong game as well, as he had 6 carries for 45 yards.

“It was mostly my blocking down field. I had my wide receivers come over and cut them off for me,” said Martinez. “Tyler Haycraft down field had a couple of key blocks. It was a great feeling.”

Fairdale finished the game strong, as they put in two touchdowns during garbage time. Fairdale has now lost 15 straight games, but there are signs of improvement, as they held their own in the second half when the second and third strings were out on the field.

The Tiger Football team will return to action next Friday night, as they take on Moeller High School out of Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m.

Go Tigers! We Are!

 

 

Tiger Football Kicker Ben Logsdon to Play Tonight vs. Fairdale

Ben Logsdon during a spring practice last season. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Ben Logsdon during a spring practice last season. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

On an early morning in the summer, Tiger Football kicker Ben Logsdon’s career was put on hold.  The senior’s spleen spontaneously ruptured. He was sent by ambulance to Kosair’s Children’s Hospital, and the doctors found out by an ultra sound that he had lost blood internally. A splenectomy was done by Doctor Fallat, a mother of two St. X students who recently graduated.

“I was never in pain during the whole experience, which I find amazing because they couldn’t give me any medicine until surgery,” said Logsdon. He stayed in the hospital for five days after the surgery, and he appreciated the support he received.

“I had great support from everyone,” said Logsdon. “Coach Wolford specifically was a great support for me at that time.”

Ben never gave up, as he fought to stay in shape. “Once I could walk, I tried to walk as much as I could,” Logsdon recalled. “After I was cleared to do physical therapy, I began physical therapy to help strengthen all the muscles except the abdominals. I did this 3 times a week for 3 weeks. Then I began to jog, and eventually, run.”

The biggest challenge for him has been trying to gain 20 pounds that he had lost due to all that occurred.  He was cleared for all normal activities on Monday, and he is ready to go.

“I wouldn’t say I’m at 100% only because I lost a lot of strength,” Logsdon explained. “But other than that, I’ve been feeling great. My incision is completely healed.”

Being away from the team for 3 weeks wasn’t very easy.

“It has actually been quite rough on me,” Logsdon admitted.  “I know I went through a lot and am lucky, but not being able to play really made me feel like an outcast for those weeks. I actually got really emotional about it after I left the locker room after the Bryan Station victory. I feel selfish about that now, but it was only because I wish I had felt more a part of the win. This week has been great putting on all the pads. It makes me feel a part of it again.”

Logsdon, like most kickers, usually measures their success by how well they kick that night.  Tonight will be different for him.

“Just being out there will be a success,” Logsdon said. “The rest will handle itself. Hopefully I’ll get in there for a couple extra points and maybe a field goal or a kick off.”

Tiger Football will take on Fairdale tonight at 7:30 p.m at Brother Thomas More Stadium.

Go Tigers! We Are!

Fairdale vs. Saint Xavier: The Preview

Tyler Haycraft and TaiJon Smith will go to work Friday night against Fairdale on Senior Night. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tyler Haycraft and TaiJon Smith will go to work Friday night against Fairdale on Senior Night. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

It’s Future Tiger Night and Senior Night all wrapped into one when the Tiger Football team takes on Fairdale tonight. The Tigers will honor the seniors who have worked hard for the past 4 years. Usually, Senior Night takes place on the last home game of the year, but this year, it has been moved to tonight as part of a brand-new format change introduced by Tiger Head Coach Will Wolford.  We will have more on this topic later, but back to the game.

The 2-1 Tigers will take on the o-2 Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. at Brother Thomas More Stadium. Tiger Football lost a very tough game 6-0 in OT at Bowling Green last Friday night, and Fairdale lost to a solid Male team 56-6. The Tigers come home with a fire behind them, while Fairdale is struggling early in the season.

Last year, St. X shut out the Bulldogs at St. X with a final line of 50-0. The Tigers meeting versus Fairdale last year was the first meeting between the teams since 2000. Fairdale has lost 14 straight games, and this will be a very tough game for the Bulldogs, as the Tigers enter tonight’s bout with a lot of motivation. St. X will want to get back to their winning ways, especially with it being phase one of Senior Night.

If the game turns out to be anything like last year, Tiger Nation will have an opportunity to see many players take the field that don’t normally play much. Look for senior defensive backs Ty Spalding and Daniel Bowling, senior defensive end Ryan Fleming, senior offensive guard Andrew Roth, and senior wide receiver Adam Blandford to have a big impact on the outcome of the game on their special night.

However, the Tigers’ starters will also be back on the field to show that last week won’t define their season. The defense will be led by seniors Davey Semersheim, Jackie Arnold, Tyler Boarman, and Brandon Blaser. These 4 had a total of 5 tackles last week, and they will look to have strong games tonight. The Tigers were led by Connor Barnes and Kyle Oliver last week with 4.5 tackles, and they should perform well once again. Barnes also had 2.5 tackles for loss, and he will surely be lurking in the Bulldogs’ backfield.

As always, look out for senior running back TaiJon Smith and senior wide receiver Jaylon Hibbs, for they always have the ability to make a big play. Both of these guys have the talent to find an opening and take it all the way to the end zone. Keep track of #21 and #22 tonight. Also keep an eye out for senior tight end Davis Kannapell, who had a big game in Bowling Green.

Tonight will be an exciting experience; the future generation of Tigers can witness a show on turf, while the seniors can enjoy a night that should yield multiple big plays and plenty of points throughout the game. There is one thing you can count on, Tiger Nation: This will be a fun one.

It may get so fun that the scoreboard shows an uncommon final line.  Stay tuned, Tiger Nation, as the Bulldogs will almost assuredly be chasing the men in green and gold.

As it pertains to the potential outcome, we will leave you with the wise words of urban philosopher Chief Keef: “Bang Bang.”

Go Tigers! We Are!

Gameday Central | Tiger Football vs. Fairdale

Friday, September 12 | 7:30 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium | Louisville, KY

Fairdale Gameday Central Graphic

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

St. Xavier Tigers (2-1) vs. Fairdale Bulldogs (0-2)
Friday, September 12th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
Future Tiger Night
Br. Thomas More Stadium
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The Fairdale Bulldogs enter tonight’s game with an 0-2 record after suffering losses against Bullitt Central and Male in consecutive weeks to open up their 2014 season.  Quarterback Dylan Garcia will lead the Bulldogs into Br. Thomas More Stadium looking to upset the Class 6A No. 2 ranked Tigers.  He has thrown for 365 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season so far.

Max Cole leads the rushing attack for Fairdale along with David Harris.  Both will try to find a crease and break through the Tiger Defense tonight, but the Tigers are still among the state’s top defensive units and will have a great game plan put together by defensive coordinator Bart Bruner.

Tonight is Future Tiger Night for all the prospective students in the area looking to find out what the X Factor is all about.  There is no doubt in our minds here at WSTX Sports that once they see the atmosphere at tonight’s game, they will surely make their decisions on where they will be attending high school immediately.

Last year’s matchup between the two schools went a little something like 50-0, so look for the same outcome tonight.  Should be a fun night at Paul M. Young Field.

COVERAGE

Live Game Feed: St. Xavier vs. Fairdale
Live Video Stream: St. Xavier vs. Fairdale
Radio: 790 WKRD
Twitter: @WSTXSports, @TigerSports_TV
Last Game: Lost to Bowling Green 0-6 (OT)
Flashback: Tiger Football vs. Fairdale
Future Tiger Night Details

Flashback: Tiger Football vs. Fairdale

Tiger Football vs Fairdale

The Tigers will see action again this Friday at 7:30 at Brother Thomas More Stadium against Fairdale. After a heartbreaking loss last Friday in Bowling Green, the Bulldogs should offer a nice rebound opportunity for the Tigers. If history repeats itself, St. X should have plenty of opportunities to fix what went wrong last week against Bowling Green.

LAST MATCHUP

In the archives of the KHSAA.org scoreboard, the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 50-0 in dominating fashion on September 13, 2013. During last year’s matchup, 17 current players got in the game, providing even more experience for this year’s matchup. The stars of last year’s game were former standout Charles Walker who now suits up for the Kentucky Wildcats, and current senior running back TaiJon Smith. Smith ran for 50 yards on 7 attempts and scored a touchdown and had 15 yards receiving as well. Current junior running back Chase Rowan had a 6 yard touchdown as well. A plethora of current defenders for the Tigers(Connor Barnes, Tyler Boarman, Tucker Donlon, Will Edwards, Christian Fell, Parker Maddox, Will Mattingly, Kyle Oliver, Rowan and Davey Sermersheim) combined to make 13 tackles in the game.

SERIES OVERVIEW

2013- St. Xavier 50 Fairdale 0
2000- St. Xavier 52 Fairdale 10
1999- St. Xavier 56 Fairdale 8
1998- St. Xavier 27 Fairdale 25

ALL-TIME GREATS

Will Wolford (St. Xavier 1977-1981) – Lettered four years in both football and basketball, as well as three years in track. After high school, he accepted an athletic scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he graduated in 1987. A four-year starter for the Commodores, he was a unanimous First Team All-SEC pick after his senior season, and the first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 1986 NFL draft. During his 13-year NFL career, Will played with the Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He started in three Super Bowls and three Pro Bowls and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in September of 1994.

Victor Anderson (St. Xavier 2002-2006)-  St. Xavier’s all-time leading rusher and scorer with 4,008 yards and 75 touchdowns. During his time here he led St. X to a 37-4 record. Anderson had monster junior and senior seasons as he rushed for 1,576 yards and 27 touchdowns and 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns, respectively. Anderson went on to play for the Louisville Cardinals and as a freshman was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Award in 2008 as a redshirt freshman. Injuries plagued Anderson during his time at Louisville but he still managed to perform on a consistent basis under coaches Steve Kragthorpe and Charlie Strong. He will forever be remembered as a St. X legend.

TRENDS

The Tigers should roll on Friday night as they have in the past. Expect to see almost all of the seniors and some underclassmen rack up quality minutes against the Bulldogs. We look forward to adding another “W” to the Tigers’ record tomorrow night!

Go Tigers! We Are!

Tiger Football to host Future Tiger Night Friday vs. Fairdale

Spencer Foy signs a shirt for a lucky fan during last year's Future Tiger Night | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Spencer Foy signs a shirt for a lucky fan during last year’s Future Tiger Night | Photo by Jana Bollinger

Saint Xavier High School will host Future Tiger Night this Friday at Tiger Football’s game against Fairdale. St. X welcomes all prospective students of all grades to attend tomorrow night’s game. The first 300 students to register at the hospitality tent will receive a free commemorative t-shirt. All prospective students are encouraged to stop by and pick up a free hot dog and drink coupon at the tent, too.  On top of all that, if you are one of the first 50 eighth grade boys there, you will get a free St. X sweatshirt! Doesn’t get any better than that!  But wait there’s more… door prizes will be drawn to prospective students with a chance of winning a nike dry fit St. X t-shirt.

Before the game, the prospective students will be allowed on to the field to form a line welcoming the Tiger Football team to the sideline.  After the game, all the Future Tigers will be allowed on to the field once again to get autographs from their favorite Tiger Football players.  Prospective students will receive a free poster to get autographs on.

“It’s a really good way to see our school spirit,” said Director of Admissions Kevin Woodward. “With it being senior night as well, it will be a great chance for prospective students to see how we treat our seniors and classmates.”