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Tiger Football dominates Manual, Win 27-6

Desmond Ridder | Photo by Courier-Journal

Desmond Ridder | Photo by Courier-Journal

The Tigers faced the undefeated Manual Crimson at Manual Stadium on Friday night.

The Tigers were not the least bit intimidated by Manual or that zero in the loss column. The Tigers came out fast, moving the ball 71 yards, mostly on the arm and feet of junior Desmond Ridder, with ease. The drive was capped off when Ridder walked it in from 6 yards out. This drive would set the tone for the night and the Tigers would not look back. The Tigers defense showed up and made some key sacks and deflections to keep the Crimson off the board in the first quarter. As the first quarter came to an end the Tigers were driving and still ahead 7-0.

The Tigers were forced to settle for a long field goal which junior Sam McDonogh pushed right, an uncommon miss for the Tiger place kicker who has been solid all year. When the Tigers defense forced the Crimson to punt, senior Ethan Adams was able to get through the protection and block the punt, giving the Tigers offense the ball at the Manual 43 yard line. The Tigers would score on the drive on an 18 yard catch and run by junior Sam Taylor. The teams were unable to score in the remainder of the second quarter and the score at half was still 14-0.

After receiving the second half kickoff, the Tigers defense dominated the Crimson offense, yet again, and forced a punt which resulted in a short drive and a 34 yard Sam McDonogh field which moved the score to 17-0. The ensuing kickoff was fumbled by the Crimson returner around the 40 yard line and was recovered by kicker Owen Johnson. The Tigers drove inside the 10 and lined up for what appeared to be a field goal attempt when senior Corey Chitwood pitched the ball over his head to Sam McDonogh, who took off for the pylon. McDonogh was stopped at the five yard line and the Crimson got the ball back. However, the Tiger defense again stopped the Crimson and forced a punt. On the ensuing drive the Tigers were moving the ball well when the horn sounded, ending the third quarter with the Tigers still leading 17-0.

The Tigers had to settle for another field goal, this one from 31 yards, which McDonogh made pushing the score to 20-0. The Tiger defense came through big again, this time stopping the Crimson on fourth down. Ridder and the offense clinically moved the ball down the field for a touchdown, this one coming on a one yard run from Ridder. This pushed the score to 27-0 Tigers. The following kickoff was run back inside the Tigers 30 yard line. The Tigers defense finally let up as, with the better opening field position, the Crimson were able to put it into the end zone. The score after that would be 27-6 as the Crimson place kicker missed the PAT. That would be the final score and the Tigers would hand the Crimson their first loss on the season.

The Tigers offense played great and executed well but the real story of the game was the defense. When asked about the defense’s performance, Sam Taylor said, “You have to give them a lot of credit. Other than that big kickoff return, the defense really pitched a shutout.”

The Tigers will have another week to prepare for another undefeated Louisville public school in Male. The Tigers appear to be up to the challenge and will be well-prepared following another week of practice.

Go Tigers!

Gameday Central | Tiger Football vs. Manual

Friday, November 14 | 7:30 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium | Louisville, KY

Manual Tournament Central Graphic

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

St. Xavier Tigers (7-4) vs. Manual Crimsons (8-3)
Friday, November 14th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Second Round
Br. Thomas More Stadium
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The Tigers took care of business in the first round of the playoffs last week against Daviess County, defeating the Panthers 41-8.  This week poses a much tougher test in district rival, Manual.  The Tigers defeated the Crimsons back on October 17 by a score of 28-7.

Manual played one of their worse halfs of football in the first matchup of these two teams, but the Tigers were executing impressively and jumped all over Manual’s mistakes early.  The Crimsons are coming in hot after a huge comeback scoring 35 unanswered points against McCracken County to advance to this second round game.

It will be a fight for a trip to the regional final next weekend between two very familiar schools.  It’s a BLACKOUT at Br. Thomas More Stadium, so plan accordingly Tiger Nation!

COVERAGE

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Last Game: Defeated Daviess County 41-8
St. Xavier No. 4 in the Litkenhous Ratings
Sweet 16!
So, Manual, What Have You Been Doing?

Sweet 16!

Sweet 16 Football Bracket

It may not be as exciting as the basketball Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena, but Tiger Football is one of the sixteen teams left standing in Class 6A Football.  Now it’s time for the District 4 Playoff…

Our Tigers will host Manual, while Male hosts Trinity on Friday night.  Let’s be honest, the state champion will come out of these four teams so it is a big night for Kentucky high school football in the city of Louisville.

Bryan Station, Central Hardin, Meade County, Scott County, Fern Creek, Butler, PRP, Butler, Ryle, Dixie Heights, Simon Kenton and Lafayette are the other remaining teams in Class 6A.

So, Manual, What Have You Been Doing?

Manual Cheerleaders

The Tiger Football team faces Manual Friday night in the Second Round of the 2014 KHSAA Football Playoffs at Br. Thomas More Stadium.  Let’s take a look at what the Manual Crimsons have been up to since the Tigers beat them 28-7 on the night of the last regular season home game back on October 17. Due to a new personal initiative to give the people what they want, I’m going to take a look at that now as I ask “So, Manual, What Have You Been Doing?”

*Male (away) – LOSSThis is one of the oldest rivalries in the country and emotions were high for the Crimsons as they gave the No. 1 team in the state a run for its money the week following a loss to us.  Rivalry games are hard to judge looking back on, but Manual left that game knowing they can compete with the best which gives them confidence for this Friday.  They lost to Male 21-28.

*Eastern (home)- WINEastern was not much competition for the Crimsons as they steam rolled to a victory over the visiting Eagles 48-13.

*McCracken County (away)- WINManual’s season was on the ropes last weekend in the First Round of the Playoffs.  At McCracken County, Manual found themselves in a 20-0 hole in the first half, but came out and scored 35 unanswered points to knock off District 1’s top seed on their home turf.  A heartbreaking loss for McCracken County, but Manual showed some serious toughness to climb out of that deficit and defeat a good McCracken County team.

Manual is coming in hot after a crazy second half performance at McCracken County and are looking to avenge their regular season loss to the Tigers.  The Tigers are executing very well though and will be tough to take down.  This will be the first meeting in the postseason between the two schools since 2008, which is surprising due to the numerous times the two programs met during the early 2000’s.  Look for a hard fought battle that could get chippy late as both teams slug it out for a trip to the next round and the Elite 8 of 6A.

#BeatManual

Gameday Central | Tiger Football vs. Manual

Friday, October 17 | 7:30 PM | Male High School | Louisville, KY

Manual Gameday Central Graphic

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

St. Xavier Tigers (5-3) at Manual Crimsons (6-1)
Friday, October 17th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
Br. Thomas More Stadium
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

Manual lost their stud running back Michael Nero early in the season, but have continued to dominate opponents to date.  The Crimsons fell to Trinity last week 14-3 and we all know who won the meeting between St. X and Trinity just two weeks ago.  If you play the common opponent game, the edge goes to the Tigers in this one.

Every team matches up differently with each different opponent every week, so expect to get Manual’s best shot tonight.  They have not defeated the Tiger Football team in 21 years and not a single player on either team was born when that happened.  This will be the Crimsons best shot in a number of years so they will be highly motivated to pull off the upset.

Playoff implications are indeed a part of this one for the third week in a row! Seeding in the district will be finalized after tonight, so it is important to get the second district win here on our home turf.

COVERAGE

Live Game Feed: St. Xavier vs. Manual
Radio: 790 KRD
Twitter: @WSTXSports, @TigerSports_TV
Last Game: Lost to Male 13-30

Prediction Thread: The Manual Game

The Manual Dance Team

The Manual Dance Team

Tomorrow night, the Tigers host Manual for the final regular season game inside Br. Thomas More Stadium of 2014.  We predict there to be at least one more home game so we won’t call it the last one.  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 Manual!

Here’s some background information put together by the Courier-Journal’s Jason Frakes on the Manual Crimsons to help educate your prediction:

Manual Crimsons (6-1)

Coach: Oliver Lucas (fifth season, 28-19).

Starters back: Offense 8, defense 7.

Class: 6-A, District 4.

Top players: WR Will Blackford (Sr.), WR Jake Rist (Sr.), OL Jacob Key (Sr.), DE Ty’Ron Horton (Sr.), DL Derek Dorsey (Jr.), LB Damien Smith (Sr.), LB Christopher Dyer (Sr.), DB Jordon Gonzalez (Sr.).

Outlook: Lucas says this will “definitely be my best team since I’ve been coaching in the state of Kentucky. We’re balanced on both sides of the ball.” The Crimsons are breaking in a new quarterback in junior Tim Comstock, but he’s surrounded by talented skill players such as Blackford and Rist. Lucas believes he has one of the state’s top front sevens on defense, led by Horton and Dorsey on the line and Smith and Dyer at linebacker. “Our defense should carry us,” Lucas said.

Flashback: Tiger Football vs. Manual

Tiger Football vs Manual

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

In the last 21 years, a lot of things have changed. The world looked a lot different in 1993, but one thing has remained constant since then: St. X has not lost to Manual in football. Considering that Manual is a district rival who the Tigers play every year, that winning streak is pretty impressive. St. X shared a stadium with the Crimsons for a little while during Br. Thomas More Stadium’s construction, but there is no warm-friendly feeling between these two programs. It won’t be easy tomorrow night as the Crimsons are 6-1 and are coming off a narrow defeat against Trinity last week. The Tigers enter this game with similar feelings, coming off of a tough loss at Male last week.

LAST MATCHUP

Last year’s game against the Crimsons was an absolute classic that came down to the final minute.  It even won an EXPY for best game of the year.  TaiJon Smith set the tone early and often for the Tiger offense as he ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries. Charles Walker served more as a wide receiver in this game, catching five balls for 67 yards and a touchdown. Each team committed two turnovers, and the score was close for the entire game. It was going to come down to whoever had the ball last. With only a handful of seconds remaining, Charles Walker caught a pass out of the backfield and willed his way into the end zone.  Kicker Jake Collins saved the day for the Tigers, converting the extra point to give the Tigers the one-point victory.

SERIES OVERVIEW

2013- St. Xavier 24 Manual 23
2012- St. Xavier 55 Manual 13
2011- St. Xavier 21  Manual 14
2010 St. Xavier 38  Manual 7
2009 St. Xavier 28 Manual 21
2008 St. Xavier 57 Manual 0  (District Semifinals: St. Xavier 53 Manual 0)
2007 St. Xavier 21 Manual 14 (District Rounds: St. Xavier 27 Manual 7)
2006 St. Xavier 20 Manual 6  (Opening Round: St. Xavier 39 Manual 9)
2005 St. Xavier 17  Manual 7   (District Rounds: St. Xavier 33 Manual 18)
2004 St. Xavier 28 Manual 14
2003 St. Xavier 21  Manual 0

ALL-TIME GREATS

Charles Walker (St. Xavier 2010-2014)- Walker followed in the footsteps of the two aforementioned St. X legends during his time as a Tiger. A starter at running back all four years, Walker totaled 22 touchdowns and 1,760 yards rushing in his junior and senior seasons (note: he only played in 17 of 20 possible games). He shined when given the opportunity, but was plagued by injuries in what always seemed like the biggest games during his illustrious career. Nonetheless, Walker was the heart and soul of the Tiger Offense for three years in a row and was the main proponent of team success. Following his senior year, he was heavily recruited by Vanderbilt, Penn State and Kentucky. He signed with Kentucky in the spring of 2014 and was a preferred walk-on as a wide receiver for the 2014-2015 season. It is only a matter of time before we will hear news of Walker lighting up opponents the same way he did during his time at St. X.

Keenan Burton (Manual 1999-2003)-  Burton played many positions at Manual, ranging from quarterback to safety. A three-year starter, Burton also played running back, wide receiver and kick returner. He was named the MVP of the Kentucky/Tennessee High School All-Star game in 2003. Burton went on to play for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, as he was recruited by Northwestern, Indiana, Marshall, Louisville, Miami (OH) and Boston College. Burton played in 45 career games at Kentucky as a wide receiver and kick returner. He is fourth in school history in receptions, third in receiving yards, second in touchdowns and  ranks third in all purpose yards, amassing over 4,000 yards during his time as a Wildcat. Burton was chosen in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams and spent two seasons with the team. He played in 22 games, including seven starts, racking up 38 receptions for 425 yards and one touchdown.

TRENDS/PREDICTION

As I mentioned before, the Tigers have dominated this rivalry since its existence. The last time St. X lost to Manual, President Obama had yet to be elected to the Illinois State Senate. If you didn’t get that, it’s been a really long time, and the class of 2015 doesn’t plan on ruining that streak. Manual is a strong football team and will come into this game motivated after falling to Trinity last week. The Tigers should  be even more motivated to elevate their position in the Super District Standings. Once again, it is a battle of the defenses, as the crimsons have only given up 35 points all season. St. X has played better competition to this point and should have no problem keeping up with Manual. I look for the Tiger defense to slow down the Crimson offense just enough, so that Noah Houk and the offense can put up enough points to get away with the victory. In a battle of two talented district foes, I have the Tigers extending the streak one more year, winning 24-20.

What the world looked like the last time Manual beat the Tigers

The 2014 Manual Football Team

The 2014 Manual Football Team

It has been 21 years since the St. Xavier Tigers have lost to the Manual Crimsons in football and since this streak is quite impressive, let’s remind you, the reader, what was going on during the year that the Tigers last lost to the Crimsons.  Hop on in to the WSTX Sports Time Machine!

1993…

United States President
Bill Clinton

Kentucky Derby Winner
Sea Hero

Beanie Babies
Came to stores across the country

Super Bowl Champions
Dallas Cowboys

Car brands that are new
Infiniti, Saturn and Lexus

Hit Movie
Take your pick: Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire, Schindler’s List.  It was a great year in the theaters.

Song of the Year
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Tuition to Harvard
$23,514

NBA Champions
Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Jordan retired for the first time following this season.

Power Ranger Action Figures
Just being released in stores

St. Xavier Football Coach
Mike Glaser

During this stretch of 21 years, it has been 24 consecutive wins for the Tigers.  Beat Manual!

Three Wins In A Row: Tiger Soccer Beats Manual

Neal McKiernan prepares to inbound the ball to a sea of waiting players. | Photo by David Flynn

Neal McKiernan prepares to inbound the ball to a sea of waiting players Thursday night. | Photo by David Flynn

St. X continued their recent dominance Thursday evening as they defeated Manual 2-0. Confidence has been the key, as the Tigers seem to have found their niche with three consecutive wins.

St. X controlled the tempo early on. The Tigers quickly worked the ball and pushed forward. Through the first 20 minutes, the Tigers utilized the fast pace to make three great scoring opportunities off of senior right back and captain Neal McKiernan’s huge throw-ins. This match, however, was truly run by the St. X juniors. In the 31st minute, midfielder Trent Stigler drew a free kick just outside Manual’s goalie box. Stigler hooked the shot up and around the defender’s wall, placing it in the far left corner of the net for the opening goal of the game.

The Tigers led 1-0 at halftime.

Three minutes into the second half, a Manual player was given a red card, giving the Tigers a 11-10 player advantage for the rest of the match. This proved to be helpful, as St. X continued to push the ball forward with ease. Andrew Schaefer and Klayton Grimes continually created offensive opportunities for the Tigers, and they fought for every ball, not allowing Manual to clear it easily.

In the 70th minute, the Tigers ran the ball up the field. Manual struggled to clear the ball as it bounced around in a frenetic pace. The ball eventually found the St. X wing, and the ball was immediately fed to Colin Kremer. The junior midfielder one touched the pass into the back of the net to give St. X its third straight 2-0 lead.

The Tigers’ unrelenting offensive attack kept the Crimsons’ defense on their toes. Moments after Kremer’s goal, a chipped pass was played over the head of the defender to Klayton Grimes, creating a fast break. Grimes broke free from his defender and found the ball, but hit the shot just wide of the net.

The Tigers were not able to finish any more shots. After 80 full minutes of play, St. X claimed their third victory in a row with the final score of 2-0. The final score could have been even more lopsided, but senior defenseman Nick Schrage was extremely pleased with the effort nonetheless.

“We played really strong up top, finishing hard plays,” Schrage explained. “We really put it to their keeper. Moral down on the field was really boosted throughout the game as the offense continued to work perfectly. We had two juniors put in goals today, which really helped the team out. Overall, it was a solid job.”

After not getting a single goal in four games and 15 days, St. X has now found the back of the net six times in the last three games.  With the offense finally comes the results the team is expecting.

Junior goalkeeper Davis George could not be happier that the St. X offense has hit its stride.

“What a game,” George said with a grin. “I’m so glad the offense is finally there.  It’s a goalkeeper’s dream, absolutely.”

The Tigers look to continue their winning streak into their next game on Saturday against a tough team from Indiana.  Brebeuf Jesuit Prep will make the trip down from Indianapolis to Brother Thomas More Stadium to take on St. X in a contest set for 3:30 PM.

Tiger Baseball takes on Manual

Tuesday, May 27 | 7:15 PM | Jim Patterson Stadium | Louisville, KY

Manual Tournament Central Graphic

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

St. Xavier Tigers (24-10)  vs. DuPont Manual Crimsons (18-12)
Tuesday, May 27th
Varsity Game – 7:15 PM
7th Region Tournament Semifinals
Jim Patterson Stadium
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

2014 7th Region Tournament Bracket Semifinals

The St. Xavier Tigers (24-10) will face the Manual Crimsons (18-12) in the 2014 KHSAA 7th Region Semifinals tonight at 7:15 PM at the University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium.

The two teams met one month ago yesterday on April 26th, when the Tigers won 10-1 at Mueller Field.

The winner will face either Trinity or Male Thursday at the University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium at 5:30 PM in the 7th Region Championship.

COVERAGE

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Last Game: Defeated Eastern 7-3 in the 7th Region Quarterfinals

Pablo Sanchez wants some Jim Patterson Stadium Facts

Pablo Sanchez

Tiger Baseball is very familiar with the University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium, the site for tonight’s 7th Region Semifinal match-up between St. Xavier and Manual.  The Tigers defeated their arch-rival, Trinity, back on April 13th on the Cardinals’ sports turf.  Also, last season’s spectacular 7th Region Tournament was played at the same venue where many of this year’s Tigers contributed to two of the craziest wins in recent Tiger Sports history to win the program’s third straight regional championship.

Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM, but will be determined by the first game of the night, Trinity vs. Male which starts at 5:00 PM.  The two winners of the night will face each other in the regional title game on Thursday at 5:30 PM.

For those of you on the fence about coming out tonight to support the Tigers, Pablo Sanchez has gathered some great facts about the awesome facility of the Cardinals’ in the shadows of Churchill Downs.  Make your way down to Jim Patterson Stadium tonight and help cheer on the Tigers!

Jim Patterson Stadium Details

  • Seating for 4,000 including 3,000 chairback seats
  • Main press box with two radio booths, a television suite feature two booths, an AD suite and a development suite
  • The surface is Field Turf, same as MLB Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays as well as Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
  • Part of a $20-million athletic complex
  • 6,400 sq. ft. terrace directly accessible above the chairback seats
  • Two-tiered ground level terrace extending from the first and third base dugouts
  • Lockerroom, players’ lounge, training room, equipment room, batting and pitching cages located in basement of the adjacent building
  • Frazier Rehab Center and baseball offices located on the 2nd floor of the building
  • Lockerroom and clubhouse attached to visiting dugout
  • All areas of the park are accessible to those with disability
  • Exterior construction has elements that mirror Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
  • There is a tiered berm in left field and a covered party deck
  • The first eight feet of the roof supports is constructed with green brick from the left field wall at historic Parkway Field
  • Dimensions: LF-330′, LC-375′, CF-402′, RC-377′, RF-330′
  • State-of-the-art 30′ x 40′ LED matrix scoreboard with a 9′ x 13′ video screen
  • Eight light towers with 200 separate fixtures

Two Photo Galleries for you to check out!

Last Friday, the Assumption Rockets won the 2014 Pink and White Game over Sacred Heart, check out these great photos by Megan Stearman of the game.  Sadly there are none of the X Dancers in here, but it is still a great gallery to capture the night that it was.

Tiger Baseball crushed the visiting Manual Crimsons 10-1, stretching their home record to 8-3 for the year and 18-7 overall. Manual meanwhile dropped to 5-5 on the road and 13-13 overall last Saturday in the LIT.

Click on the photos to view the rest of the galleries.

Pink and White Game Assumption Student Section

Assumption’s Student Section was wild all night long | Photo by Megan Stearman

Josh Finerty (17) tagged out Manual's Jake Rist (9) at second. | Photo by The Voice Tribune

Josh Finerty (17) tagged out Manual’s Jake Rist (9) at second. | Photo by Damon Atheron

Tigers Demolish Manual 33-2

Alex Cherry | Photo by Chris Raymond

Alex Cherry | Photo by Chris Raymond

On Wednesday evening, the JV Lacrosse team faced in-state opponent Manual. The JV team was coming off of a week of rest from Spring Break, and was hoping to continue right where they left off. The beginning of the game did not see much scoring as both sides struggled to find the back of the net. St. X came into this game the clear favorites, but Manual was not going down without a fight. Finally, St. X produced a couple of goals, creating a sturdy lead heading into halftime. St. X finally hit their stride halfway through the third period, scoring four more unanswered goals, giving the team a 9-1 victory over the Rams.

The Varsity lacrosse team came into Wednesday’s game ready to play, having just faced some of Virginia’s best teams during Spring Break. It did not take The Tigers long to get started. Midway through the first quarter, St. X already held a 6-0 lead over the Rams, and they were nowhere close to being finished. The Tigers continued their scoring spree with goals scored by all three attackmen, including Leland Gray who had 3 goals and 4 assists. Other early goals came from Raike Thornewill (6), Collin Roppel (4), Will Roshkowski (2), and Will Edwards (2). At halftime, the Tigers already had a season high 22 goals in the game, giving them a 22-1 lead heading into the intermission.

Zac Sells | Photo by Chris Raymond

Zac Sells | Photo by Chris Raymond

Because the Tigers scored so many goals, some people may overlook their defense. However, The Tigers would not have scored so many goals if it wasn’t for the turnovers created by the lock-down defense, whose starters were Evan Caffee, Austin Sweeny, Owen Peters, and Max Cartor. The solid defense only allowed 2 goals to the Rams over the period of the entire game. In the end, the Tigers prevailed with a large, tone-setting win against Manual. The final score of the varsity game was 33-2.

The Varsity team improved to 9-3 on the season, staying undefeated in all in-state games. Next up the Tigers face Male on Wednesday, April 16. This matchup should be interesting due to Male’s previous loss to Manual this season.

Tiger Lacrosse hosts Manual

Wednesday, April 9 | 7:00 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium (6,000) | Louisville, KY

Manual Gameday Central Graphic

 

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

St. Xavier Tigers (8-3) vs. DuPont Manual Crimsons (1-4)
Wednesday, April 9th
Varsity Game – 7:00 PM
JV Game – 5:30 PM
Green Team Game – 5:30 PM at Trinity against the Shamrocks
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

The Tiger Lacrosse team returns home for their first game in Br. Thomas More Stadium this April.  St. Xavier will be facing a Crimsons team that has only one once thus far in the 2014 season.

Traditionally this has been an intriguing match-up on the Tigers schedule as many of the players are familiar with each other from travel and indoor club teams during the off-season.

Look for St. Xavier to bounce back from their Virginia Spring Break Trip strongly and send a message to the rest of the state as they head down the home stretch of the season.

COVERAGE

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Last Game: Defeated Blue Ridge 15-7
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