November 3rd, 2018

Tigers whip Ohio County in opening round of playoffs

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Tigers whip Ohio County in opening round of playoffs
St. X head coach Kevin Wallace after the game / photo by Jeff Woods


St. Xavier did precisely what it needed to do Friday night. Take care of business and get out with a clean bill of health.

Check. And check.

The Tigers (8-3) easily advanced to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs, beating Ohio County 68-0 (1-10).

“We just asked our guys to play with effort and play with great attitude and no matter what the score is when you get your chance you play hard. And I think they did that,” said St. Xavier head coach Kevin Wallace. “We dressed a lot of people, and I think they all got in the game and had some excitement for some freshmen and some young guys.

“We did a lot of preparation not necessarily for this game, but looking at some things about us and kind of using it as a camp week more than preparation for Ohio County. I don’t mean that to be a disservice to them. I admire those young men for playing and their coaches for loving football. But obviously, they’re at a severe disadvantage in a game like this.”

The Tigers received the opening kickoff and methodically marched down the field. Junior quarterback Doug Bodhaine led St. Xavier on a 13-play, 64-yard drive that ended with a three-yard Anthony Moretti touchdown, giving the Tigers an 8-0 lead following the two-point conversion.

“I thought it was a really good effort,” said Moretti. “I thought everybody showed great attitude and put forth their best effort.

“You want to try and get better every week. That’s our motto here. With a game like this, when you know the score might be like that, you just try to get better through this game.”

Ohio County’s first drive resulted in a three-and-out due, in part, to a Richard Bascom sack. The Eagles attempted to punt, but the snap sailed high and out of the back of the end zone, resulting in a St. Xavier safety.

Moments later, senior Myles Harris returned the ensuing free kick 55 yards for a touchdown to put St. Xavier on top 17-0.

“I saw the ball coming. I knew it wasn’t going to me so I went in front of Logan (Davis) and I was going to block for him, but he ended up dropping it, and I saw it right there, and I picked it up,” said Harris. “Basically, it was glowing on the ground to me.”

Following another Ohio County three-and-out, the Tigers needed just three plays to find the end zone to take a 24-0 lead when Moretti scored his second touchdown of the night on a 20-yard run. Then late in the first quarter, senior Ben Thompson intercepted the Ohio County pass and returned it 22 yards for the score. The Tigers led the Eagles 31-0 at the end of the quarter. The running clock would begin with eight minutes remaining in the first half.

“We’ve definitely improved since last week and the week before,” said Harris. “Going into the next game I feel as if we’re going to do well and complete everyone’s jobs."

Next week, St. Xavier faces Butler in the second round. It marks the second meeting between the Tigers and Bears in less than a month. St. Xavier won the first matchup 14-6 to go undefeated in district play.

“I know this much. They’re as talented as anybody we’ve played,” said Wallace. “We have to do a much better job on offense than we did in the last three quarters of that game and continue to play the way we’ve played defensively all year long.”

Butler (8-3) punched its ticket to the second round by defeating Central Hardin 33-8.


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