September 27th, 2013

FOOTBALL PREVIEW - Week Six

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer


FOOTBALL PREVIEW - Week Six
DeSales beat Shawnee in the rain last week / file photo by Conor Revell

For the first time this season – all four local football teams are in the Louisville area this weekend. Trinity and DeSales will play at home while St. Xavier will travel to Central and Holy Cross visits Waggener.

Indianapolis Cathedral (2-3) at Trinity (1-3) – 7:30 p.m.

You may want to disregard the records for both of these teams. Trinity and Cathedral both play a regional schedule and neither has lost a game by more than 10 points.

Through five games this season Cathedral is averaging 28.2 points while giving up 31.6 points a game.

Trinity is averaging 27.3 points and allowing 24.2 points per game through four games.

Cathedral’s offense is led by quarterback Collin Barthel. He has completed 79-of-117 passes for 995 yards, nine touchdown passes, and three interceptions.

Barthel’s favorite is target is Terry McLaurin who has caught 29 passes for 436 yards and five touchdowns. Cathedral has two other players with over 100 yards receiving.

The Irish ground game is led by Caleb Cross. The junior has rushed for 424 yards and four touchdowns.

Defensively the Irish are led by defensive tackle Gary Thomson who has two sacks on the year and five tackles for loss. Jack Hayden leads the Cathedral pass defense and has intercepted two passes.

Reggie Bonnafon leads the Shamrock offense. The senior and U of L commit has thrown for 936 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Cody Swabek and CJ Ott are Bonnafon’s two leading receivers. Swabek has caught 16 passes for 248 yards and zero touchdowns. Ott has caught 29 passes for 417 yards and two touchdowns.

Donald Brooks leads the Trinity ground game. He has rushed for 302 yards and eight touchdowns.

Conor’s Pick: Trinity 28 Cathedral 24

Paul’s Pick: Trinity 31 Cathedral 21

St. Xavier (3-2) at Central (3-2) – 7:30 p.m.

Central has won three straight Class 3-A State titles and will give the Tigers a stiff challenge Friday night.

St. X comes into the contest averaging 33.6 points a game and is allowing 21 points a game. The Yellowjackets are averaging 18 points a game and giving up 19.6 points a contest.

Charles Walker leads a monstrous Tiger running game that fuels the Tigers offense and has rushed for 669 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Austin Davis has added 237 yards and five touchdowns. Cedric Miller is the third running back in the rotation and has rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown.

However, the Tigers miss their fourth running back – Treyveon Percell – who had rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown before getting injured.

BJ Nagle is St. X’s quarterback and has thrown for 314 yards and three touchdowns this season. Will Roshkowski is their leading receiver with six catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Lukas Hayden has added 12 receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown.

Conor’s Pick: St. Xavier 31 Central 17

Paul’s Pick: St. Xavier 38 Central 20

Holy Cross (2-3) at Waggener (0-4) – 7:30 p.m.

Todd Crumbacker’s squad is looking for its second straight win after a thrilling victory over Valley last Friday.

Holy Cross is averaging 12.8 points and is allowing 22.6 points a game. Waggener comes in averaging 8.5 points while giving up 33.75 points.

Evan Perry and Alec Greenwell lead the Cougars offense and will look to find running room against a woeful Waggener team.

Conor’s Pick: Holy Cross 24 Waggener 10

Paul’s Pick: Holy Cross 34 Waggener 12

Bardstown (4-0) vs. DeSales (5-0) at Southern – 7:30 p.m.

Two unbeaten district rivals will clash under the lights at Southern Friday night. DeSales will try to avenge a 27-16 loss to Bardstown a year ago.

The Colts come in averaging 44.4 points a game while their defense is giving up 9.4 points a game. Bardstown comes in scoring 36.25 points a game while giving up 18 points a game.

Of course the Bardstown defense will be eyeing DeSales’ star running back Dylan Byrd. The senior set the school record for most rushing yards in a career last week. So far Byrd has rushed for 764 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.

Don’t forget about the Colts two dimensional quarterback – Nathan Roush. The senior has thrown for 300 yards and four touchdowns. His favorite target – Byrd, the speedster has caught nine passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Conor’s Pick: DeSales 35 Bardstown 24

Paul’s Pick: DeSales 41 Bardstown 26

 

 

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