December 5th, 2017

Revell: Looking back at the 2017 football season

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer


Revell: Looking back at the 2017 football season
file photo by Mark Sims

The Kentucky high school football season came to a close Sunday night when Trinity defeated St. Xavier 38-21 in the KHSAA Class 6-A Russell Athletic/Gridiron Bowl championship game.

For once, it felt like old times as the longtime rivals met in the state finals for the first time in eight years. Just a decade ago the teams met four times in the finals from 2003-09.

Perhaps it’s a sign of what’s to come, perhaps not.

It was a memorable year as the record books were re-written across the board and program accomplished accolades that hadn’t been achieved in quite some time.

To get it started, Bob Beatty won his 13th state championship as the Trinity head football coach and despite having won all those titles since 2000, he had never gone undefeated in back-to-back years.

And, the Shamrocks didn’t play an easy schedule beating two Indiana teams, one Ohio team, and a Florida team.

A large part of Beatty’s success? Quarterback Nick Bohn who broke the National Federation of State High School Associations completion record by completing 290 of 364 (79.7 percent) and breaking Leslie County’s Tim Couch’s record who completed 244 of 325 (75.1 percent) passes in 1994.

For St. Xavier and head coach Will Wolford, this year was one step closer to getting the program back on top, something that hasn’t been done since 2009.

The Tigers went 12-3, the most wins since 2009 and their first state championship appearance since that same season.

Next year is a big year for the Poplar Level Road faithful as the eight year drought is tied for the longest stretch since 1962 that St. X has gone without a state football championship. The school also didn’t win a state title from 1978 to 1986.

On a good note, this is the first time the Tigers have won at least 10 games in back-to-back season since Mike Glaser led the squad to 10-plus wins four straight years from 2007-10.

In the South End end everybody was talking about the boys on Kenwood despite not being able to walk away with a Class 2-A state championship.

DeSales finished the regular season with a 10-0 record, the first time ever the Colts have gone undefeated during the regular season and it included a 21-3 victory over Christian Academy to win the Brothers in Faith Trophy during the regular season.

The Colts run included victories over Class 6-A foes Ballard, Butler, and North Hardin, Class 5-A opponents Fern Creek and Southern.

Of those opponents, Butler made it to the Class 6-A, Region Three championship game.            

CAL ended the Colts run in the Class 2-A, Region Two championship game with a resounding 24-3 victory.

And while Holy Cross was bounced in the second round of the Class A playoffs, the Cougars finished the year with a 6-6 record and was led by Mario Convenuto.

Convenuto finished the year with 1,381 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns and caught 27 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns.

Throughout the year there were memorable games, DeSales beating Butler at the last second, Holy Cross edging Paris in the final minute, Trinity’s thrilling comeback win against Cincinnatti Moeller, and St. X’s surprising win over Indianapolis Cathedral to start the season.

Some of the big storylines included Trinity’s game against Champagnat (Fla.) who had just been battered by Hurricane Irma and still decided fly up north to play the game.

A week later Irma battered the state of Kentucky with flooding rains and the Hibernian Cup between DeSales and Holy Cross was moved to that Thursday while St. X and Trinity moved their contests to Saturday.

All in all it was another fabulous year as the LCSN schools finished the season with a combined 45-10 record and a state title.

Of the four Louisville Catholic high football teams, at least one has won a state title in every season since 2000 with the exception of 2015, which shows the strength of the CSAA, and the legacy these football programs have.

LCSN was proud to be there every step of the way and while the 2017 chapter has officially been written, the 2018 season will come in a hurry, practices start in 222 days. May next year provide even more memories. 

 

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