October 12th, 2017

Football preview: Week nine

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Football preview: Week nine
file photo by Mark Sims

The ninth football Friday of the season has arrived. St. Xavier and Trinity will host district opponents while DeSales and Holy Cross head out of town to play at district opponents.

Male (7-1) at St. Xavier (6-1), 7:30 p.m.

These two rivals meet once – the winner – likely wins the district championship – and the chance to play at home in every playoff game until the Class 6-A state title at Kroger Field.

St. X will be led by quarterback Jack Albers who has completed 51 of 86 passes for 832 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. He has also rushed for 308 yards and five touchdowns.

Will Crum is the Tigers top receiver and has caught 14 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns while Ben Mueller also looks to play a role and has caught nine passes for 156 yards and a score.

Since Brett Metzmeier is out of the season, Anthony Moretti will handle running back duties and has rushed for 429 yards and nine touchdowns.

The St. X defense is allowing 21.5 points per game.

Male will be led by a two quarterback system – Cameron Chesher (completed 77 of 118 passes for 960 yards, 10 touchdowns, and three interceptions) – and Garrett Dennis (completed 19 of 26 passes for 274 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception) – as the Bulldogs will mainly use Dennis as a runner.

Dennis is Male’s second leading rusher and has scampered for 565 yards and five touchdowns on 93 carries. Henry Vestal is the workhorse and has rushed for 809 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Ethan Bibb is the Bulldogs top receiver and has caught 40 passes for 624 yards and six touchdowns.

Male is allowing 11.25 points per game.

Seneca (0-7) at Trinity (8-0), 7:30 p.m.

Two program that are going in vastly different directions will battle in a district game Friday, Trinity has 23 straight games while Seneca has lost 11 straight games dating to back to last year and 28 of 29 dating back to 2015.

Quarterback Nick Bohn will lead the Trinity offense and has completed 182 of 231 passes for 2,180 yards, 18 touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Luke McGuire (360 yards rushing and eight touchdowns) and Geremiah Smith (247 yards rushing and three touchdowns) will lead a strong Trinity rushing attack.

Rondale Moore, a Texas commit, is Bohn’s favorite target and has caught 72 passes for 901 yards and seven touchdowns.

Ryan Miller (29 catches for 456 yards and three touchdowns), Nick Strothman (31 catches for 250 yards and three scores), and Anthony Palombino (10 catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns) will play a role in the passing game.

The Trinity defense is allowing 12.4 points per game.

Seneca didn’t have any stats listed on the KHSAA website and is averaging four points and giving up 37.2 points per game.

Holy Cross (3-4) at Frankfort (5-2), 7:30 p.m.

A lot is at stake in this game, if Frankfort wins, they’ll get to host a playoff game, if Holy Cross wins, they’ll either get to host a playoff game if Frankfort loses to Kentucky Country Day the following week or it sets up a three-way tie for the No. 1 seed in the district.

Running back Mario Convenuto will be the centerpiece of the Cougars offense and has rushed for 605 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

Quarterback Jaren McDonald will run the offense and has completed 68 of 134 passes for 866 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions.

Gavin Foushee is the Cougars top receiver and has caught 24 passes for 243 yards and four touchdown. Convenuto has caught 19 passes for 228 yards and two scores.

The Cougars defense is allowing 19.5 points per game.

Quarterback Holt Hammons will lead the Frankfort offense and has completed 71 of 101 passes for 1,316 yards, 18 touchdowns, and four interceptions.

DaJuan Davis (25 catches for 544 yards, nine touchdowns), Jevon Bush (15 catches for 302 yards, five touchdowns), and John Tillman (12 catches for 205 yards and three touchdowns) are Hammons top targets.

Tremayne Jones is the featured running back and has rushed for 674 yards and five touchdowns. Davis (329 yards, four touchdowns) and Brandon Mack (233 yards rushing, two touchdowns) will also receive carries.  

The Frankfort defense is allowing 20.1 points per game.

DeSales (7-0) at Washington County (6-2), 7:30 p.m.

The Colts are virtually a lock to win the district title with a win over Washington County this week.

Quarterback Aaron Pfaadt will lead the Colts offense and has completed 40 of 86 passes for 604 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions and has also rushed for 314 yards and three scores.

Tyrell Watkins is DeSales’ top receiver and has caught eight passes for 159 yards. Chase Pfaadt has eight receptions for 104 yards.

Watkins will also lead the Colts ground attack and has rushed for 498 yards and nine touchdowns. Savion Stivers (204 yards rushing, one touchdown), Chase Pfaadt (212 yards rushing, three touchdowns), and Carlos Ordway (223 yards rushing, three touchdown) will also receive carries.

The Colts defense is allowing 13 points per game.

Washington County will be led by John Floyd who has completed 41 of 79 passes for 794 yards, eight touchdowns, and four interceptions. The qb has also rushed for 247 yards and three scores.

Daniel DeWitt (10 catches for 328 yards and four scores) and Jack Wheatley (10 catches for 266 yards and two scores) are Floyd’s favorite targets.

Jbias Dawson is the Commanders top running back and has rushed for 899 yards and 12 touchdowns. Mike Ellery (430 yards rushing and eight scores) will also receive carries.  

The Washington County defense is allowing 26.8 points per game. 


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