December 3rd, 2017

Rocks beat St. X, repeat as Class 6-A champs

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Rocks beat St. X, repeat as Class 6-A champs
Bob Beatty and Trinity with the Class 6-A state championship trophy / photo by Conor Revell

LEXINGTON, Ky. - St. Xavier’s football team had no answer for Trinity’s speedy wide receiver Rondale Moore.

Moore gained 293 total yards and was named MVP as the Shamrocks cruised past St. X 38-21 in the KHSAA Class 6-A Russell Athletic/Gridiron Bowl championship game at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field Sunday.

“That’s the game plan, when you have a thoroughbred like him, you have to run him,” Trinity head coach Bob Beatty said. “He did not disappoint, he was banged up a little bit with his ankle, but he fought through it. We talked at halftime about how there’s no tomorrow. I’m just proud of his play.”

The Texas commit was untouchable as he rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and caught five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.

Moore finished the season with 109 catches for 1,478 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 524 yards and seven scores.

“I’m at a lost for words right now and I’m happy we won,” Moore said. “Everyone did their job and that was the message coming in.”

Beatty and his Rocks (15-0) continued their dominance against their archrival having now won seven straight against St. X, 14 of the last 15, and 18 of the past 20 meetings.

It’s Beatty’s 13th state championship since 2001 and the school 25th title in school history, a state record, Fort Thomas Highlands is second with 23 championships.

History was also made as Trinity went undefeated for a second straight season, a first in the Beatty era. Their last loss was Nov. 20, 2015 to Male in the Class 6-A quarterfinals.

“What’s so special is the amount of time these guys have spent getting better,” Beatty said with a huge grin. “It’s up to them what do they do with that time. You know it’s very special the way they persevered through our season and to do what we did go undefeated against national competition and take care of business in the state of Kentucky. This is great.”

St. X head coach Will Wolford had no comment after the game. It was the Tigers third loss of the season, two of those were against the Rocks.

It was a normal day for the Rocks offense gaining 505 total yards, 286 yards through the air, and 219 yards on the ground. Not to mention, Trinity had five plays that went for over 20 yards.

St. X (12-3) gained 275 total yards of offense, 196 through the air, and 79 on the ground.

Trinity quarterback Nick Bohn didn’t have his best day, but completed 19 of 26 passes for 286 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.

“I knew it was going to be great game,” Bohn said. “We may have shut them out 28-0 in the first game and everybody was saying it wasn’t going to be a great game. I told them they were going to compete and give it their all. That’s why we had to keep fighting.”

Bohn finished the season completing 294 of 368 passes for 3,732 yards, 44 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

“I don’t know about that, he may not have had his best game, but he’s a state championship quarterback,” Beatty said. “He’s pretty good.”

Nick Strothman also played a factor in the passing game and caught four passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan Miller hauled in four passes for 56 yards.

“We wanted to do the play-action a lot and that worked well,” Strothman said.

Jude Carlon and Sam Boarman were the two Tigers that recorded an interception. Evan Walker had a sack.

St. X quarterback Jack Albers guided the offense and completed 9 of 22 passes for 196 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed for 50 yards and a score.

“We had to really shut down their option,” Trinity linebacker Stephen Herron Jr. said. “We wanted to shut down that inside zone read. To be honest, that’s the big job linebackers have in today’s game. I think we did a job of making them pass the ball and that’s not their strong suit.”

Wide receiver Will Crum was Albers favorite target and caught five passes for 102 yards and a score while Ben Mueller hauled in three passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Trinity defense recorded five sacks with Ethan Hull and Arak McDuffey each finishing with two and Cody Auxier had one. Jacob Dingle got an interception.

Tiger running back Anthony Moretti was held in check and rushed for 18 yards on 10 carries. Dominic Allgeier rushed six times for 20 yards.

The Tigers scored first when Crum hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Albers to make it 7-0 with 6:52 to go in the first quarter.

“They scored first but we were able to persevere through it,” Beatty said. “We lost a little bit of that momentum early in the second half but we fought back and delegated through it. Our kicker separated his shoulder because he made a tackle. They said we were going to have to go to our backup kicker but you know what we don’t have to worry about that tomorrow or Tuesday.”

Bohn appeared to get Trinity on the board with a 48-yard touchdown pass to Nick Strothman but it was waved off due to a holding penalty.

“We have to have a short memory,” Bohn said. “They scored first and we were down 7-0 but we have practiced that situation in practice so many times. That’s alright we were able to get the win.”

Bohn found Moore the very next play for a 62-yard score to allow the Rocks to tie the game at seven with 4:16 remaining in the opening quarter.

“I ran a route and Nick threw a great ball,” Moore said. “I was able to catch it and run to the end zone.”

Albers on the next drive threw an ill-advised throw and Trinity defensive back Jacob Dingle made him pay with an interception. The very next play, Moore took a 93-yard run up the middle untouched to put the Rocks up 14-7 with 1:49 left in the first quarter.

“Coach Andrew Coverdale in the box noted that the safeties were lining up with the linebackers,” Moore said. “I was able to slash and take it to the house.”  

St. X would tie it when Ben Mueller hauled in a 35-yard pass from Albers for a score to make it 14 all with 10:14 left in the second quarter.

“I think for us we couldn’t be complacent,” Herron Jr. said. “We were here to take care of business. I think we took the first quarter for granted and we had to jump back into it. Sure enough we got into our right mindset and were able to play to our level.”

The Rocks would lead 35-14 at the half. Bohn threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Strothman, Moore ran it in from three yards out, and Bohn connected with Strothman in the end zone from three yards away.

“We started off slow,” Strothman said. “No one was going hard and everyone was playing soft. We came over and looked at the ipads and saw what we were doing on film. We all agreed we needed to go harder and that’s what we did.”

The Tigers made it interesting right after halftime as Albers 26-yard touchdown pass to Crum out to pull St. X within 35-21 with 4:08 to go in the third quarter.

Carlon then picked off Bohn and the Tigers drove all to the Trinity 4 before turning it over on downs.

Sebastian Mata’s 24-yard field goal with 10:05 to go iced the game.

With that, the lights of Kroger Field turned off, and the 2017 KHSAA football season came to a close with a familiar sight, Trinity holding the state championship trophy.


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