September 18th, 2010

Hundley Helps Bombers Run Past Rocks

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Hundley Helps Bombers Run Past Rocks
photo by Chris Jung

Cincy St. X downs Trinity 17-10 in national showdown

If Louisville area high school football teams never have to see Cincinnati St. Xavier running back Conor Hundley again, you will not hear a single complaint.

One week after compiling 251 rushing yards on 22 carries against Louisville St. Xavier, Hundley was spectacular again on Friday, leading the Bombers (3-1) with 206 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and subsequently to a huge 17-10 victory over Trinity High School (3-1) in the Feature Game of the Week.

In front of nearly 9,000 spectators, the No. 8 ranked St. X combined its stifling defense with Hundley's workhorse mentality in handing CSN's No. 13 Rocks its first loss of the season, despite Trinity striking first early in the game. Behind an impressive opening drive, Trinity took an early lead on a one-yard touchdown run by running back Derek Bishop, and jumped ahead 7-0 on the Cincinnati school. Things looked even more promising with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter and Trinity holding the Bombers to zero points.

That's when Hundley took over. The gritty back burst through a pack of defenders and came out running on the other side, rumbling 91 yards for a game-tying touchdown run. Neither team scored in the second quarter, but Hundley reared his head again in the third quarter, shouldering much of the Bombers' offensive load and put St. X ahead for good on a one-yard touchdown at the 3:49 mark, putting his team ahead of Trinity 14-7.

The Bombers padded its lead and went up 17-7 toward the beginning of the fourth quarter on an impressive 46-yard field goal from junior Jack Frey. Trailing and with time ticking away, the Shamrocks began to build offensive momentum, giving their sideline and its passionate fan base reason to believe it would repeat heroics similar to the team's thrilling come from behind win one week earlier against Cincinnati Elder. And the stage was set for it.

Fueled by two, 15-yard penalties against the Bombers, Trinity marched up the field and eventually settled for a 37-yard field goal from Joseph Crenshaw, cutting the St. X lead to 17-10. A stop of the Bomber offense and forced punt with under four minutes remaining, gave sophomore quarterback Travis Wright and the Shamrocks the ball back on their own 20 yard line. The up-and-coming Wright, however, made his first mistake of the night throwing into a congested area of the field, and was intercepted by Samuel Kissinger and the stingy Bombers "D." Hundley resumed his role as workhorse, and proceeded to bully his way to one more big first down with 1:50 to go, sealing the contest for St. Xavier.

On the field following the game, Bombers Head Coach Steve Specht made sure to explain the significance of St. X's win to his team. "That was a wonderful football team you just beat," Specht proudly told his squad. "You should be proud of what you accomplished tonight."

Following a season-opening loss to nationally-ranked Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, MD), the Bombers have rattled off three victories in a row, and now prepare for "Moeller Week" and a showdown next Friday with crosstown rival, CSN's No. 12 ranked Archbishop Moeller High School. The Rocks must bounce back quickly from the loss. Head coach Bob Beatty's team will travel to Bowling Green next week, and then plays its annual game against Louisville St. Xavier in front of 35,000 fans.

For full game highlights and a postgame interview with Specht, see the video to the right of this page, or visit the "CSN TV" section on the right side of the main page.


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