September 24th, 2010

McMurry's Return Sparks St. X 35-20

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

McMurry's Return Sparks St. X 35-20
photo by Chris Jung

Tigers defeat Central behind RB's three TDs

Saint Xavier High School senior running back La'mont McMurry didn't seem to be at 100 percent healthwise while on the sideline, but you wouldn't have known anything was wrong during his brief moments on the field Friday night.

McMurry, who was playing in his first game of the season for St. X (4-1), returned in a big way with three, first-half touchdowns, including runs of 50, 27, and 11 yards in the Tigers' 35-20 win over the Central High School Yellowjackets (1-5) at Thomas More Page Stadium. Continuously stretching and sporting a slight limp during most of the game, McMurry didn't play in the second half for the Tigers, but his services weren't needed.

Despite giving up a Central touchdown on the game's opening possession (which was aided by a roughing the kicker penalty on a Yellowjackets' punt attempt) and allowing 20 first-half points, Devontae Beach and the St. Xavier defense played with a purpose in the second half, keeping Central quarterback Tajh Milliken at bay.

Following Milliken's 24-yard strike to Kevon Dunbar in the game's opening drive, McMurry wasted no time reinserting himself into the St. X offense, and energized a stunned Tigers' sideline by ripping off an impressive 50-yard touchdown run. The Tigers seemed to take control of the game on a three-yard touchdown run by running back Lemondray Clemons just before the end of the first quarter, but Central bounced right back with a 92-yard return for a touchdown from Wales on the ensuing kickoff.

Tied 14-14, McMurry struck again two minutes into the second quarter and put the Tigers back ahead 21-14 on a 27-yard touchdown run. On Central's next drive, the resillient Yellowjackets traded another counter punch and marched down the field on a 22-yard pass play from Milliken and a 15-yard facemask penalty on the Tigers, which eventually allowed Wales to find the endzone again. St. X blocked the extra point kick attempt, and retained a 21-20 lead.

Two minutes before halftime, McMurry went for the hat trick and put his Tigers ahead for good with an 11-yard touchdown run. Brandon Moore got in on the fun in the second half, breaking open the game with a 13-yard touchdown run of his own, increasing the St. X lead to 35-20. As mentioned, the Tiger defense was smothering in the second half, keeping a quick and athletic Yellowjacket in the middle of the field and relatively ineffective, including a big stop on a fourth down attempt by Central with 11:52 remaining in the game.

St. X, who picked up their fourth win of the year with the victory, now turns its sights to in-town rival Trinity High School and a showdown with the Shamrocks at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium next Friday. During halftime of Friday's game against Central, St. Xavier High School honored the alumni of the school's golf program, including long time coach Marty Donlon.

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