September 7th, 2010

Louisville Catholic Sports Weekend Wrap-Up

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer

Louisville Catholic Sports Weekend Wrap-Up
photo by Dr. John Meyer

Local teams sweep Friday night again


St. Xavier put their stout defense on display Friday evening, holding Lexington Catholic to just 90 total yards of offense. The Tigers "D" allowed 37 yards on 29 carries and only 53 yards through the air. The defense also caused four fumbles and recovered one of them. The No. 1 ranked team in Kentucky in 6A, the Tigers took control of the game in the second quarter with a rushing touchdown, a punt return touchdown and a 36-yard field goal from kicker Scott Raque.  The 4th ranked 4A team from Lexington had trouble generating any type of offense all evening.


Quarterback Alex Mattingly connected on 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 165 yards with a 31-yard TD toss to Chris Buntin, accounting for the Tigers’ final box score of the game. The Tigers rushed the ball 44 times for 182 yards and controlled both lines of scrimmage, limiting Lexington Catholic to just 90 total yards on 47 total plays, an average of 1.9 yards per play. Kicker Scott Raque, a CSN Honorable Mention All-American, converted 4 of 5 extra point attempts as well as that 36yd field goal attempt in the second quarter.


Next up for the Tigers, a visit to Cincinnati to face the Cincy St. Xavier Bombers, who are ranked in the CSN top 10. The Bombers dropped their opening game to CSN No. 1 ranked Our Lady of Good Counsel from Olney, MD, and defeated Indianapolis Cathedral this past weekend. Should be a terrific inter-state game.



The name of the game for Holy Cross High School is running, as the Cougars amassed 341 rushing yards and 0 passing yards on their way to defeating Moore High School. The running back tandem of Jesse Keen and Greg Johnson accounted for 300 yards on the ground. Keen rushed 20 times for 160 yards and Johnson carried the ball 19 times for 140 yards. Each running back scored twice for the Cougars. Both of Johnson’s touchdowns were registered in the fourth quarter as Holy Cross wore down the Moore defense with 49 rushes for 341 total yards.


The Cougars are currently ranked No. 9 in the state in Class A, and have outscored their opponents this season by 100 points, 143-43. The Cougars host cross town rival Desales high school next week.



The Shamrocks were 16 seconds from a shutout and James Quick scored twice in the first half, as Trinity High School rolled in its second game of the season with a 42-7 defeat of duPont Manual High School Friday. The Rocks, who will now prepare for a back-to-back home showdowns with a pair of Cincinnati, OH powerhouses (Elder and St. Xavier), used a balanced offensive attack and amassed 472 total yards in the victory.

Quick scored on a 40-yard run with 6:35 to go in the first quarter, putting Trinity up 14-0, and they never looked back. Derek Bishop led all rushers with 108 yards and a touchdown of his own.



DeSales coach Mark Sander has his defense playing in peak form as they allowed Bullitt East only 116 total yards in their shut-out win. The Colts defense drew a line at midfield and allowed that line to be crossed just once by their opponent. On offense, the Colts ground out 160 yards rushing and were 5-7 for 64yds through the air with one touchdown pass.


The 2A State Finalists from 2009 will travel to Holy Cross next week in a match-up of two of the top small schools in Kentucky. CSN will be there to cover the action.



Providence high school improved to 2-1 on the season with a blowout win over Mitchell high school. Coach Gene Sartini, a 2004 inductee into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, is now in his 40th season as coach of the Pioneers and owns a career record of 262-154 with two state championship game appearances. Next up for Providence is a home game against Indian Creek high school on Friday, Sept. 10.


Two of the top ranked teams in the country clashed in the Muncie, IN Burris High School Volleyball Invitational this past weekend. MaxPreps #7 ranked Muncie Burris defeated #1 ranked Louisville Assumption on Saturday in the championship game by scores of 13-25, 25-21, 15-8. Before the weekend tournament, Assumption beat #17 ranked Muncie Central high school in a regularly scheduled match Friday evening.



Cleveland’s St. Ignatius high school enjoyed a very successful weekend in Indianapolis at the Brebeuf Jesuit Soccer Invitational. The Wildcats defeated two prominent teams ranked among the top 40 in the country by identical 1-0 scores. On Friday, St. Ignatius defeated St. Louis University high school and then came back Saturday morning to beat Louisville St. Xavier. The Wildcats are making a strong claim for a #1 overall ranking.



The defending three-time Kentucky girls soccer state champion, Sacred Heart Academy from Louisville, had a 1-0-1 weekend at the Zionsville, IN Soccer Invitational. The Valkyries tied Columbus North high school on Friday evening 1-1. On Saturday, in the biggest, most anticipated girls match of the weekend, Sacred Heart upset one of the nation’s top ranked teams in St. Agnes of Memphis, TN, 2-1.




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