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“Who Are These Guys?”: Louisville Male

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“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare

Tiger Nation, it’s postseason time for Tiger Basketball! After both teams advanced on Tuesday, St. X will take on Male in the 26th District Championship on Thursday. St. X and Male will both be in the Region 7 Tournament next week no matter the result on Thursday night, but let’s get to know the Bulldogs a little better.

Mascot: Bulldogs

School Colors: Purple and Gold

Location: 4409 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40213

Notable People Associated with Male:

Michael Bush – well known throughout the country, Bush is a former standout Male Bulldog and Louisville Cardinal. Bush was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

Darrell Griffith – The former UofL basketball star won a National Championship with the Cards in 1980 before moving on to be selected by the Utah Jazz in the NBA Draft.

Coach: Willie Feldhaus

Top players: #24 Alex Cook (F), #33 Rasean McCauley (F), #1 Corey Bowman (G)

This year: 25-4. 11-2 in Region. Male is the #1 seed in the 26th District Tournament

Last Game: Defeated Brown 80-24 in the first round of the District Tournament

Similar Opponents: St. X and Male played 10 teams this year the other had played. Male’s record is 9-3 in those games while St. X’s record is 8-5.

#BeatMale

Gameday Central | Tiger Football vs. Henry Clay

Friday, August 28 | 6:15 PM | Joseph K. Ford Stadium | Lexington, KY

Henry Clay 2015 Football Gameday Central Graphic

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

St. Xavier Tigers (0-0) vs. Henry Clay Blue Devils (0-0)
Friday, August 28th
Varsity Game – 6:15 PM
Bluegrass Bowl
Joseph K. Ford Stadium
Lexington, KY

GAME NOTES

Tiger Football hits the road to open up the 2015 season against the Henry Clay Blue Devils at Lexington Catholic in the Bluegrass Bowl. In last year’s early season showdown with a Lexington school, the Tigers beat a high powered Bryan Station team that will be very similar to this year’s opponent, Henry Clay.

Davonte Robinson will have all of the crowd’s attention as the most electric on the field for the Devils, but Logan Butler can be his equalizer for St. X. Butler returns as the Tigers leading tackler from 2014 and will help lead an inexperienced bunch on defense under defensive coordinator Bart Bruner.

Desmond Ridder was named the starting quarterback and that says a lot about the young signal callers development and hard work over the offseason. He will get to put it all on display tonight, but expect to see Senior A.J. Breit at some point as well, maybe even early. Keep an eye on wide receiver Colin O’Daniel for the Tigers to make some big plays and get the Tigers going with his senior leadership.

COVERAGE

Radio: WKJK 1080 AM (Pregame Show: 5:50)
Twitter: @WSTXSports, @TigerSports_TV
Last Game: Lost Scrimmage vs. Simon Kenton 10-27

2015 Bluegrass Bowl features the Tigers and the Blue Devils

Logan Butler was named the game MVP in last year's Bluegrass Bowl. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Logan Butler was named the game MVP in last year’s Bluegrass Bowl. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Friday night, the Tiger Football team will play their first game of the season season against the Henry Clay Blue Devils at Lexington Catholic High School.  The night’s featured game is a part of the Bluegrass Bowl which was established in 1995. According to the Lexington Catholic website, the Bowl’s objective is to showcase the excellent quality of high school football in the state of Kentucky. The Tigers will play at 6:15 PM against Henry Clay.

This is not the first time the Tiger Football program has played in the Bluegrass Bowl.  In fact, the last two seasons, the Tigers have won at Lexington Catholic. Last season the Tigers defeated Bryan Station 28-13 and Logan Butler was named the games’ MVP for his three interception performance. The year before that in 2013, the Tigers defeated the host Lexington Catholic Black Knights 49-28 and Austin Davis was named the games’ MVP.

You’ll have to go all the way back to 2003 for the next game that the Tigers played in this event.  The Tigers beat Scott County 38-6 in that game and Tiger great K.J. Austin-Bruce was named the MVP.  St. Xavier defeated Madison Central 56-3 in 2000 in the Bluegrass Bowl and lost only one time in the history of this event to Covington Catholic in 1999.

Prediction Thread: The Henry Clay Game

The Henry Clay Student Section will most certainly make their presence felt tomorrow night at Lexington Catholic. | Photo from Flickr.com

The Henry Clay Student Section will most certainly make their presence felt tomorrow night at Lexington Catholic. | Photo from Flickr.com

Tomorrow night, the Tigers travel to Lexington to play Henry Clay in the 2015 Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic High School. This game marks the start of the 2015 season for Tiger Football. We won’t see the Tigers at home for the first time until next week, but pile in the car and head east to Lexington to catch the Tigers kick off the season.

We want to hear about your excitement for the game through this post! Comment below your score prediction and how you think the Tigers will defeat the Blue Devils!

Flashback: Tiger Football vs. Henry Clay

1995 state championship

Henry Clay’s Head Coach Sam Simpson embraces a Tiger Football player following the 1995 State Championship at Old Cardinal Stadium.

Its rare that a St. Xavier-Henry Clay matchup arises even though the schools are only seperated by 81.8 miles.  The two teams have met most recently in a scrimmage in 2010, but that’s all it was: a scrimmage. Now for the first time in all of the players that will be on the field’s life times, they will be a part of a Tigers vs. Blue Devils game.

LAST MATCHUP

The Tigers and Blue Devils haven’t lined up across from each other in a real game since the 1995 KHSAA State Championship at Old Cardinal Stadium. I say in a real game because they have scrimmaged recently a couple of times, but that was preseason and didn’t count for anything. Sam Simpson was still the head coach for Henry Clay at the time and is now in his 23rd season as the head man for the Blue Devils. He has yet to win a state title while in control of the program, but still has that sour taste in his mouth from when he last made a trip to the state finals. That empty feeling may give him the motivation to push his players a little harder to get this win over St. X that he couldn’t quite capture back in the day.

SERIES OVERVIEW

1995- St. Xavier 26 Henry Clay 0 (State Championship)

*KHSAA.org’s datatbase goes back to 1998, but State Championship records say this was the last time they played.

BLUE DEVIL ALL-TIME GREATS

Ryan Phillippi (Henry Clay 2005-2007)- Ryan was a four-year letterman who started two years at quarterback, leading Henry Clay to district and regional championships in both seasons. He completed 343 of 522 pass attempts to finish his high school career with the fifth-highest completion percentage in state history of 66 percent. Those completions totaled 5,054 yards. He threw 56 touchdown passes against only nine interceptions over his career including a stretch of 26 consecutive games that he threw a touchdown in which is good for sixth best all time in state history. Phillippi was also a scoring threat on the ground from the quarterback position. He totaled 1,531 yards on 286 carries while scoring 23 touchdowns. He was honorable-mention all-state as a senior and named to the all-district and all-city teams in his final two seasons along with being named District Player of the Year as a senior. In one game against Boyle County, he gained 479 offensive yards, scoring three touchdowns on the ground while completing two more through the air.

TRENDS/PREDICTION

The historical difference in winning for these programs couldn’t be farther apart, but Henry Clay is ready to break out and has talent that they haven’t ever had. St. Xavier’s physicality has to be high Friday night for them to come home with a third consecutive Bluegrass Bowl win. Davonte Robinson will be the best player on the field and most of the time that is the deciding factor in a toss up game: the best player on either side tips the scale to their team. BUT, Tiger Football has a stud on their defense as well that goes by the name of Logan Butler. Butler can be the difference maker again like he was in last year’s game at Lexington Catholic where he picked off the Bryan Station quarterback three times on the way to their victory over the Defenders. Tigers win in a close one that may need a couple of overtimes to be settled.

Tiger Football prepares to take on a hungry Henry Clay team

Davonte Robinson is the Blue Devil to watch for on Friday. | Photo by Kentucky.com

Davonte Robinson is the Blue Devil to watch for on Friday. | Photo by Kentucky.com

This week, the Tigers will open their 2015 season with a big challenge right out of the gates. The waiting is over and real football is here! No more 7 on 7 or scrimmages, but Friday night football under the lights in Lexington.

Henry Clay is the opponent across the line of scrimmage as we get things underway in 2015 and the Tigers couldn’t have drawn a much tougher opponent to get the ball rolling against. Henry Clay returns one of the best playmakers in the state and region in defensive back Davonte Robinson. Robinson has led the Blue Devils in tackles for the past two seasons and is known as the fastest man in Kentucky due ot his stellar performance in the state track meet. We’ll most likely see him line up on the offensive side of the ball as well giving his all in attempt to take down the Tigers.

As for the Blue Devil’s offense, they will have “two starting quarterbacks” according to their longtime head coach Sam Simpson. Carl Tackett and Marcus Tyler will split reps at QB, which sounds familiar to you Tiger fans as we too have two gun slingers fighting to be the guy. Friday night’s performance by each team’s signal caller will be a look into the crystal ball of what’s to come for St. X and Henry Clay in 2015.

It’s finally football time in the bluegrass and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that than at the Bluegrass Bowl hosted by Lexington Catholic. An irregular start time will give the Tigers the first game in a double header with kickoff scheduled for 6:15 PM at Lexington Catholic High School on Friday. The Tigers have played in the Bluegrass Bowl the last two seasons and won both matchups against other Lexington high schools (Lexington Catholic -2013, Bryan Station – 2014).

It will take a special performance from the unexperienced Tigers Friday night to pull of the Lexington-three-peat, but they seem to be up for the challenge. We hope to see you in Lexington, 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 into John Spears and Tony Burke on the call of what hopefully will be a big Tiger Football victory.

Scouting Henry Clay

Henry Clay Seniors

Henry Clay Seniors

Henry Clay Blue Devils

Game details: Aug. 28 (Friday), 6:15 PM, Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic

Coach: Sam Simpson (23rd Season)

Last year: 7-3; lost to Meade County in First Round

Player to watch: Senior defensive back Davonte Robinson (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) could be the key to the Blue Devils having a break out season. He had 56 total tackles, which led the team in 2014 and had two interceptions as well. Robinson is committed to play at the University of Kentucky and is rated a 3-star by Rivals.com. His 40 yard dash time was clocked at a 4.4 at one of the Rivals.com summer camps and has impressed many college coaches landing offers from Louisville and Notre Dame among others before committing to the Wildcats.

Summer vibe: The Blue Devils won the Track and Field State Championship back in May in dominating fashion in the same meet the Tiger Track and Field Team finished 4th. Many of the speedsters that helped propel Henry Clay to the state title are members of the football team and contribute from skill positions. Robinson’s recruitment has gained the Blue Devils a lot of publicity and all of Kentucky’s fans will be anxious to see how he carries his team this fall. The team as a whole wants this win badly as they have been game prepping for the Tigers since spring ball and want to prove they are one of the top teams in the state in 2015. They think beating St. Xavier will do that for them.

Henry Clay Head Coach talks QB Rotation

Entering his 23rd season at the helm, Sam Simpson has been around the game of football along time and last week he talked to the Herald Leader about his two quarterbacks Carl Tackett and Marcus Tyler.

The Tigers will face both of these signal callers at some point during the game on Friday and they better be ready as the Blue Devils will platoon in fresh legs at the quarterback position it seems.

It is uncertain as to how Coach Wolford will use his set of quarterbacks later on this week against Henry Clay, but it should be a fun game of 2 on 2: QB Shuffle.

“Who Are These Guys?”: Henry Clay

Davonte Robinson | Photo from Flickr.com

Henry Clay’s best player is Davonte Robinson and if you want to beat the Blue Devils, you need to avoid letting him make big plays. | Photo from Flickr.com

“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare

Good afternoon, Tiger Nation!  There will be plenty of action on tap this week including Tiger Soccer’s game vs. Floyd Central Tuesday night, but we want to prepare you for the big game on Friday. We are talking about the showdown in Lexington between Tiger Football and Henry Clay at 6:15 PM.  This is a huge game for a number of reasons, but we will get to that later.  For now, get to know the Henry Clay Blue Devils.

Mascot: Blue Devils

School Colors: Blue and Gold

Location: 2100 Fontaine Road Lexington, KY 40502

Notable People Associated with Henry Clay:

Collin Cowgill | Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Collin Cowgill | Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Collin Cowgill is a member of the Los Angeles Angels baseball organization where he is currently hurt, but has played a bunch for the Angels. Cowgill was drafted in 2008 in the 5th Round by the Arizona Diamondbacks after playing his college ball at the University of Kentucky.

John Shelby | Photo from TrueBlueLA.com

John Shelby | Photo from TrueBlueLA.com

John Shelby once dawned the Blue and Gold for Henry Clay, but now is an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Brewers after an illustrious proffessional career in the big leagues.

Coach: Sam Simpson (23rd Season)

Top players: Brayden Berezowitz (Sr. WR/DB), Bryan Berezowitz (Sr. WR/DB), Austin Bledsoe (Sr. RB/WR/CB), Michael Blythe (Sr. OL/DL), Joquise Buford (Sr. RB), Jordan Forsythe (Sr. OL/DL), Keyshawn Johnson-Sanders (Sr. RB/OLB), Davonte Robinson (Sr. CB/WR), Lucas Soard (Sr. OL/DL), C.J. Tackett (Sr. QB), Marcus Tyler (Sr. QB)

Last year: 7-3 Record. Lost to Meade County in the First Round of the KHSAA 6A State Tournament.

Last Game: Lost to Trinity in a scrimmage 0-44.

#BeatHenryClay

Football season is right around the corner!

Tiger Football 50 Days

At 6:15 PM tonight, we’ll be exactly 50 days from the first game of the 2015 season for Tiger Football. We’ll be about 80 miles down the road in Lexington to watch the Tigers take on the Henry Clay Blue Devils at Lexington Catholic High School in the Bluegrass Bowl.

We’re pretty excited and can’t wait until that first team to see Coach Wolford’s squad take the field in their first real game of the year. The journey begins tomorrow for those guys as dead period ends and hopes of capturing the first state title since 2009 begin to form in each of the guys’ minds.

Go Tigers. Beat Henry Clay.