November 21st, 2014

PREVIEW: St. X to play Trinity for a second time

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

PREVIEW: St. X to play Trinity for a second time
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium / file photo by Jacob Hayslip

Nobody expected a St. Xavier vs. Trinity rematch. But the stage was set after Trinity upset previously unbeaten Male in overtime last week. Male had beaten Trinity in overtime in the regular season.

The Shamrocks will have to do the same again this week against St. X. The Tigers defeated Trinity 35-21 for their first win in the series since 2009 on Oct. 4.

If the Tigers win Friday, it’ll be their first visit to the Class 6-A state semifinals since 2009.

While the Trinity offense has proven it can score against the Tigers defense, the questions is whether or not their defense is up to the challenge.

Will the Tigers use a bit of trickery again? Sophomore Blake Roshkowski has rushed for 126 yards this season, 96 of those came in the win against Trinity.

TaiJon Smith usually handles the rushing load and has rushed for 706 yards and seven touchdowns. But the senior only played one down last week and it’s not known if he’ll be able to play Friday.

St. X quarterback Noah Houk has completed 108 of 228 passes for 1,157 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions this season.

But his best game of the season came against Trinity. The senior completed 9 of 20 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. Seven different Tigers caught passes from Houk.

Michael Ackerman (22 catches for 239 yards, two touchdowns), Colin O’Daniel (13 catches for 178 yards, one touchdown), Jaylon Hibbs (14 catches for 202 yards, four touchdowns), and tight end Davis Kannapell (17 catches for 194 yards, two touchdowns) are the Tigers top receivers. 

And, then there’s the Tigers stellar defense led by playmakers Jackie Arnold and Logan Butler. Arnold has 11 interceptions while Butler has 10 picks.

Those two and the Tigers will have to stop Trinity quarterback Ryan Young and running back Donald Brooks.

Young has completed 147 of 233 passes for 1,837 yards, 17 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He completed 15 of 26 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting.

Dalton Jones and Rodjay Burns are Trinity’s leading receivers. Jones has caught 32 passes for 460 yards while Burns has caught 40 passes for 578 yards and seven touchdowns.

It was Brooks who struggled in the first meeting. He only rushed for 68 yards on 16 carries in the first meeting. But most haven’t found success at stopping Brooks as he has rushed for 1,255 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

Brooks has also thrown for two touchdowns and has 30 catches for 263 yards and a score.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.                


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