October 29th, 2010

Week 11 High School Football Predictions

Chris Jung

Senior Writer


Week 11 High School Football Predictions
photo by Chris Jung

Rocks, Colts in action Friday; Tigers play Saturday

The final week of the local high school football regular season has arrived and playoff seedings/pairings are still on the line in several games across the state this weekend.

Holy Cross ended its season one week early with a 31-7 loss last week - the Cougars' first of the season - and will have a week to rest before the postseason begins. Providence (IN) lost a heartbreaker to Triton Central after holding a 20-point second half lead, and the Pioneers' season came to an end in sub-sectional play.

As a result, those two teams are not on the docket this week, leaving us with just a trio of games Friday and Saturday.

Trinity (8-1) vs. Lexington Catholic (5-4)

This will be just the second meeting in history between Trinity and Lexington Catholic. The two teams met last year, and the Shamrocks escaped Lexington with a 14-13 win. In that game, the Rocks overcame a 13-0 deficit and got a Xavier Thomas touchdown with 21 seconds to go, stealing the victory. This year will be a battle of elite, sophomore quarterbacks as Trinity standout Travis Wright battles LexCath’s Kyle Bolin. Bolin has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns, and has also rushed for 396 yards and six touchdowns, but the Class 4A Knights only have a 5-4 record to show for it. They have scored 42 points or more in their last two games, but this will be the team’s third straight game on the road and will truly test Bolin & Co. Trinity may look to rest some of its starters late in the game with the playoffs just one week away. Bob Beatty is 128-12 against in-state teams and is 43-2 with Trinity for his career in the month of October. Trinity will be honoring 16 seniors on Senior Night at Marshall Stadium.

Prediction: Trinity 35 Lexington Catholic 17

 

DeSales (5-4) vs. Southern (2-7)

Coming off a district championship win over Carroll County last week, the Class 2A DeSales Colts will test itself in a state tournament warm-up against Class 6A Southern at duPont Manual Stadium. DeSales, who will likely be without senior running back Garrit Leicht (699 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns this season) for another week, will look to running back Jeremy Lucas to carry the load. The Colts have won three straight going into the game, while the Trojans have lost three straight (39-14 to Fern Creek, 50-6 to Male, and 36-32 to Shelby County). This two teams met a year ago and DeSales won the game 35-7.

Prediction Southern 24 DeSales 14

 

St. Xavier (7-2) vs. Covington Catholic (5-4)

This Catholic vs. Catholic series started back up in 2007 after the Tigers and Colonels hadn’t played each other since 1999. Since that time, St. X has won all three games by a combined score of 150-21. The game is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at CovCath and should be an interesting match-up between two teams still looking for its true identity late in the season. St. Xavier is coming off an emotional comeback win last week against Pleasure Ridge Park, after the Tigers fell behind 21-7 at halftime. Led by Devontae Beach, La’mont McMurry, and Alex Mattingly, the defending 6A state champs roared back to steal the game on the road. CovCath escaped with a win of its own last week, 40-36 over Dixie Heights, but has not managed to find any kind of consistency during the season. The Class 5A Colonels are led by quarterback Blake Bir (1,677 passing yards and 16 touchdowns) and running back Alex Slabaugh (545 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 88 carries).

Prediction: St. Xavier 45 Covington Catholic 13

 

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