November 16th, 2017

Football preview: Regional championships

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Football preview: Regional championships
The Colts face archrival Christian Academy / photo by Mark Sims

The football playoffs really start to heat up this weekend with regional champions being crowned. DeSales, St. Xavier, and Trinity all have the unique opportunity to win the region at home.

Christian Academy (10-2) at DeSales (12-0), 7:30 p.m. (Class 2-A, Region Two Final)

No game in Louisville will a bigger crown than this one as these two rivals meet in the regional championship game for a fifth straight year.

Up until last year, DeSales had won each of the playoff battles, and CAL had won all of the regular season matchup.

And then finally the Centurions were able to manage a sweep en-route to their first ever football state championship last year.

But in a twist, DeSales won the regular season matchup 21-3 to bring home the Brothers in Faith Trophy for the first time.

However, CAL star quarterback Austin Carr was absent in that game and is back having returned to the field four weeks ago.

Despite missing the past few weeks, quarterback Aaron Pfaadt will lead the DeSales offense and has completed 41 of 89 passes for 614 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions and has also rushed for 363 yards and four scores.

Tyrell Watkins is DeSales’ top receiver and has caught 10 passes for 165 yards. Chase Pfaadt has nine receptions for 106 yards.

Watkins will also lead the Colts ground attack and has rushed for 748 yards and 12 touchdowns. Savion Stivers (403 yards rushing, three touchdown), Chase Pfaadt (497 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns), and Carlos Ordway (274 yards rushing, four touchdown) will also receive carries.

The Colts defense is allowing 8 points per game.

Carr will anchor the Centurion offense and has completed 61 of 106 passes for 963 yards, nine touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Brandt Babin is CAL’s top running back and has rushed for 555 yards and 10 touchdowns. Harrison Zimmerer will also receive carries and has rushed for 328 yards and one touchdown.

The ever so dangerous Milton Wright is the Centurions top receiver and played quarterback in the first game, has caught 30 passes for 519 yards and four scores.

CAL’s defense is only allowing 9.5 points per game.

Simon Kenton (11-1) at Trinity (12-0), 7:30 p.m. (Class 6-A, Region Two Final)

This is the fourth time these two schools have met and none of the prior contest have even been close as Trinity has outscored the Pioneers 232-0  during their meetings that have happened in 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2011.

Quarterback Nick Bohn will lead the Trinity offense and has completed 229 of 289 passes for 2,965 yards, 33 touchdowns, and five interceptions.

Luke McGuire (405 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns) and Geremiah Smith (332 yards rushing and three touchdowns) will lead the Trinity rushing attack.

Rondale Moore, a Texas commit, is Bohn’s favorite target and has caught 82 passes for 1,189 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Ryan Miller (32 catches for 518 yards and four touchdowns), Nick Strothman (43 catches for 483 yards and seven scores), and Anthony Palombino (13 catches for  183 yards and three touchdowns) will also play a role in the passing game.

The Trinity defense is allowing 7.2 points per game.

Simon Kenton will be led by quarterback Matt Schearer who has completed 151 of 239 passes for 2,345 yards, 31 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He has also rushed for 581 yards and 13 scores.

Brenna Gangwish is the Pioneers top receiver and has caught 43 passes for 800 yards and 15 touchdowns. Sam Murray will also be an active part of the passing game and has 41 receptions for 597 yards and eight scores.

Austin Hammack will lead the Simon Kenton ground attack and has rushed for 808 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jon Sergent will also receive touches and has rushed for 474 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Pioneer defense is allowing 20.2 points per game.

Butler (8-4) at St. Xavier (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (Class 6-A, Region Three Final)

Few expected this matchup when the playoffs started two weeks ago but Butler has made a surprising Cinderella run and now has to face top-seed St. X who won the regular season matchup 36-7 less than a month ago.

St. X will be led by quarterback Jack Albers who has completed 83 of 139 passes for 1,314 yards, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions. He has also rushed for 448 yards and nine touchdowns.

Will Crum is the Tigers top receiver and has caught 27 passes for 627 yards and four touchdowns while Ben Mueller also looks to play a role and has caught 17 passes for 401 yards and five scores.

Anthony Moretti was handling the running back duties and had rushed for 734 yards and 11 touchdowns, but got hurt in Friday night’s win over Pleasure Ridge Park.

If Moretti is sidelined, Dominic Allgeier will handle the load and has rushed for 508 yards and seven scores.

The Tiger defense is allowing 15.1 points per game.

Quarterback Chaz Burks will lead the Butler offense and has completed 125 of 211 passes for 1,834 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.

Demontae Crumes is the Bears top receiver and has caught 28 passes for 728 yards and 13 touchdowns. Frank Bentley (35 catches for 410 yards and two scores) and Frank Caldwell (29 catches for 419 yards and five touchdowns) will also receive targets.

Eric Jackson is Butler’s top running back and has rushed for 805 yards and 12 touchdowns. Jalan Ward will also receive carries and has rushed for 485 yards and six scores.

The Bears defense is allowing 17.2 points per game.


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