December 1st, 2017

St. Xavier state football championship playbook

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer


St. Xavier state football championship playbook
St. Xavier's football team running out onto the field / photo by Mark Sims

With St. Xavier’s football team meeting Trinity in the KHSAA Class 6-A Russell Athletic/Gridiron Bowl, here are the key players and what the Tigers need to do to bring home their first state championship in nine years.

Profile

* Record: 12-2

* Losses: Trinity (28-0) and Cincinnatti St. Xavier (16-14).

* Head coach: Will Wolford (fifth season)

Four Key Offensive Players

* Jack Albers (Quarterback) – It all starts with the signal caller. Albers has completed 101 of 165 passes for 1,651 yards, 13 touchdowns, and three interceptions. He has also rushed for 613 yards and 113 scores.

* Anthony Moretti (Running Back) – Back from a shoulder injury, Moretti must have a similar performance like last week when he rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns. In 12 games, he has rushed for 918 yards and 13 scores.

* Will Crum (Wide Receiver) – If the Tigers are able to pull of the stunning upsets, the offense is going to have to be able to pass. Crum is the No. 1 wide-out and has caught 32 passes for 697 yards and five scores.

* Ben Mueller (Wide Receiver) – Mueller is the other key receiver. He has caught 23 passes for 574 yards and seven touchdowns and must play just as big as a role as Crum.

Four Key Defensive Players

* Andrew Uhls (defensive line) – Uhls is the player on defense that can make “big plays” having recovered two fumbles this year and returning one for a touchdown. He has also recorded 58 tackles and can often be found in the backfield.

* Quinn Owen (linebacker) – With Trinity’s big playmakers, the linebackers need to prevent as few 10-plus yard plays as possible. It all starts with Owen who is the anchor with a team high 88 tackles so far this season.

* Nolan Bruner (defensive line/linebacker) – Bruner has made big play after big play this season and has 51 tackles this season, a number for a loss. If St. X wants any chance, Bruner must get into the back field and puts his hands in the face of Nick Bohn.

* Sam Boarman (defensive back) – Somebody is going to have to spy Rondale Moore, an elite athlete, and make sure he doesn’t get loose. My money is on Boarman getting the assignment and he has one interception and 51 tackles this season.

Revell’s Recipe for a Tiger Victory

* The defense has to play as a unit. Trinity had 159 yards rushing and 237 yards passing. You don’t get a much better offense than that. If St. X wants any chance at winning this game, it’ll start with their run defense. But, then the pass defense has to step it up, as Trinity can do both. If there’s a slight weakness on the Shamrocks, it’s the running game.

* Stop Rondale Moore. I can’t stress that enough. The Texas commit caught seven passes for 108 yards and ran 11 times for 81 yards. If the Tigers let Moore win again, it’s going to be a long Sunday after at Kroger Field.

* The St. X running game needs to show up and rush for at least 100 yards. If that happens, mark my words, the Tigers will have a shot to win the ball game in the fourth quarter. So, yes, Dominic Allgeier, Anthony Moretti, and Jack Albers need to step up as the Tigers rushed for a measly five yards in the regular season.

* The passing game needs to step up. Albers needs to incorporate the play action pass and wide receivers Ben Mueller and Will Crum need to make big catches. If Albers can complete 10 passes, the running game will open up. 

 

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