November 9th, 2017

Football preview: Second round of playoffs

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Football preview: Second round of playoffs
file photo by Mark Sims

The second round of the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl is this Friday with DeSales, St. Xavier, and Trinity hosting games while Holy Cross makes a trip to the east end.

Holy Cross (6-5) at Kentucky Country Day (10-1), 7:30 p.m.

The Cougars heads out to KCD for a rematch in the second round of the Class A playoffs looking for revenge after losing 42-37 in the regular season matchup five weeks ago.

Running back Mario Convenuto will be the centerpiece of the Cougars offense and has rushed for 1,279 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Demetrius Dillard will also receive carries and has rushed for 406 yards and six touchdowns.

Quarterback Jaren McDonald will run the offense and has completed 80 of 167 passes for 993 yards, 10 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

Gavin Foushee is the Cougars top receiver and has caught 28 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns. Convenuto has caught 27 passes for 270 yards and two scores.

The Cougar defense is allowing 21.3 points per game.

KCD’s high powered offense will be led by quarterback Jackson Diaz who has completed 96 of 170 passes for 1,487 yards, 20 touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Josh Lifton is the Bearcats top receiver and has caught 25 passes 401 yards and five touchdowns. Gianni Minor (20 catches for 430 yards and seven touchdowns) and Ashton Robinson (10 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns) also look to play a pivotal role in the passing game.

Robinson is also KCD’s featured running back and has rushed for 1,305 yards and 20 touchdowns. Blake Caldwell will also receive carries and has rushed for 466 yards and six scores.

The KCD defense is allowing 16.9 points per game.

Washington County (7-4) at DeSales (11-0), 7:30 p.m.

DeSales is looking to continue its winning streak in pursuit of an undefeated season and hosts Washington County in the second round of the playoffs, a team they beat 42-0 in the regular season.

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 eight passes for 159 yards. Chase Pfaadt has nine receptions for 106 yards.

Watkins will also lead the Colts ground attack and has rushed for 658 yards and 12 touchdowns. Savion Stivers (370 yards rushing, three touchdown), Chase Pfaadt (451 yards rushing, eight touchdowns), and Carlos Ordway (223 yards rushing, three touchdown) will also receive carries.

The Colts defense is allowing 8.8 points per game.

Washington County will be led by John Floyd who has completed 41 of 79 passes for 1,014 yards, 10 touchdowns, and five interceptions. The qb has also rushed for 293 yards and four scores.

Daniel DeWitt (17 catches for 464 yards and five scores) and Jack Wheatley (12 catches for 303 yards and two scores) are Floyd’s favorite targets.

Jbias Dawson is the Commanders top running back and has rushed for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns. Mike Ellery (454 yards rushing and eight scores) will also receive carries. 

The Washington County defense is allowing 29.4 points per game.

Campbell County (7-4) at Trinity (11-0), 7:30 p.m.

This is the first time Trinity head coach Bob Beatty has ever faced Campbell County in his storied coaching career and the two meet in the second round of the Class 6-A playoffs.

Quarterback Nick Bohn will lead the Trinity offense and has completed 216 of 272 passes for 2,735 yards, 30 touchdowns, and five interceptions.

Luke McGuire (378 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns) and Geremiah Smith (247 yards rushing and three touchdowns) will lead the Trinity rushing attack.

Rondale Moore, a Texas commit, is Bohn’s favorite target and has caught 78 passes for 1,098 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Ryan Miller (30 catches for 469 yards and three touchdowns), Nick Strothman (40 catches for 447 yards and six scores), and Anthony Palombino (12 catches for 168 yards and three touchdowns) will also play a role in the passing game.

The Trinity defense is allowing 7.9 points per game.

Campbell County will be led by quarterback Austin  Hoeh who has completed 153 of 263 passes for 2,163 yards, 22 touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Jack Comer is the Camels top receiver and has caught 39 passes for 731 yards and six scores. Brady Singleton (21 catches for 308 yards and three touchdowns), Jolly Reid (29 catches for 378 yards and five touchdowns), and Mason Kramer (15 catches for 212 yards and six touchdowns) will also play a role.

Alex Dowds is Campbell County’s top rusher and has rushed for 1,690 yards and 20 touchdowns.

The Camel defense is allowing 25.5 points per game.

Pleasure Ridge Park (7-4) at St. Xavier (9-2), 7:30 p.m.

These two teams meet for the second time this season – and this time it is in the second round of the Class 6-A playoffs. St. X won the regular season matchup 35-21 back in September.

The Tigers will be led by quarterback Jack Albers who has completed 77 of 128 passes for 1,253 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions. He has also rushed for 457 yards and nine touchdowns.

However, Keegan Sullivan took all of the snaps last week in their win over Manual and completed 11 of 16 passes for 155 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception if Albers isn’t ready to go.

Will Crum is the Tigers top receiver and has caught 24 passes for 595 yards and four touchdowns while Ben Mueller also looks to play a role and has caught 17 passes for 401 yards and five scores.

Since Brett Metzmeier is out of the season, Anthony Moretti has been handling running back duties and has rushed for 695 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Tiger defense is allowing 15.8 points per game.

PRP doesn’t have stats listed on the KHSAA website. The Panthers are averaging 25.5 points while their defense is giving up 19.5 points per game. 


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