August 18th, 2018

DeSales victory over St. X an emotional one

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

DeSales victory over St. X an emotional one
The Colts embrace each other in celebration after the game / photo by Mark Sims

Few predicted what would happy Friday night on Kenwood Avenue, but the unthinkable happened, and sent shockwaves around the state.

DeSales upset St. Xavier 19-16 in their first meeting since 1998 at Paul B. Cox Stadium and tears of joys and celebration ensued when the buzzer sounded.

“It’s way up there,” DeSales head coach Harold Davis said. “St. X wasn’t always a rival so to speak. But it has to be way up there as far as victories go for this school. State championships are one thing. St.X is ranked No. 2 in their class. That’s huge.  

It was a stunning win.

“This is the best feeling I have ever had,” quarterback Aaron Pfaadt said. “With a crowd of 6,500 people, there’s no better feeling. It’s by far the best win I have ever had.”

Only 350 students attend DeSales while over 1,400 go to St. X. A monumental difference and it makes the Colts 5-1 against Class 6-A schools since 2015.

“Oh, it’s huge,” safety Shawn Kaufman said. “We haven’t played them in 20 years. Then all of a sudden getting to play them on our home field. Man, that’s something you dream of, it’s like a movie.”

Some would say it tops the state championship victory that happened in 2013 and 2014.

“This win is huge,” running back Darren Hollenkamp said. “All of the alumni came out and watched us. Coach Davis, he used to play here back in the day, said that somebody from Texas flew up here for this game. It’s a big thing around here after 20 years. It’s just good to get the W.

Either way, there was still a crowd of people in the parking an hour after the game ended, the Colts didn’t want the night to end.

“It’s at the top,” wide receiver Antoine Johnson said. “It’s at the top of my life right now. The DeSales alumni were here, it was huge. The game was sold out. We worked hard and won the game.”

But, it’s just the first game of the season, DeSales wants to get another state championship, however don’t think the the coaches, players, staff, and community will forget about this win.

My guess is the Kenwood community will always bring this up on opening night and it may be a trivia question down the road.



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