September 1st, 2018

Tigers fall to Bowling Green in OT

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Tigers fall to Bowling Green in OT
St. X and Bowling Green prepare for a snap / photo by Conor Revell

St. Xavier’s football team has a knack for getting ahead, but is still working out the kinks to try and figure out how to win football games.

Bowling Green, the Tigers head coach former team, walked away with a thrilling 24-21 victory Friday night at Brother Thomas More Stadium.

“It’s just a football game,” St. X head coach Kevin Wallace said about losing to his former team. “I’m hurting for our kids right now. I love our kids. I wish I had the words to make them feel better. We lost and it’s going to a lot of character and maturity to come back and believe in each other. I’m devastated for our kids right now.”

It denied Wallace his 300th career win for a second straight game.

Dalton Majors 27-yard field goal gave the Purples (2-1) a walk off victory.

St. X (0-2) got the ball first in overtime, but Jeff Sexton missed a 20-yard field giving Bowling Green the chance to win with a either a touchdown or field goal.

The Tigers led 14-0 at the half - running back Anthony Moretti had a 14-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and quarterback Keegan Sullivan connected with Zack Johnston for a 10-yard score in the second quarter.

“We’ll look at film, Keegan sprained his ankle and we decided to play on that,” Wallace said. “It’s time to end the what if. We have to deal with whatever card we’re dealt with. If he got a bad hand, we have to play anyway. I don’t think quarterbacks are always the blame. I think quarterbacks get too much praise and too much blame. I’m proud of him because he fought his rear-end off to make things better for his teammates.”

Bowling Green superstar running back Vito Tisdale had a 3-yard touchdown run on the first possession after halftime and a 50-yard touchdown run to tie it up with 3:21 left in the third quarter.

Sullivan connected with wide receiver Andre Coleman on a 51-yard pass to put St. X back in-front 21-14 with 1:01 to play in the third quarter.

Tisdale then had an 11-yard touchdown run out of the Wildcat formation with 9:31 remaining and that ultimately forced overtime.

St. X finished with 287 total yards, 223 yards through the air and 30 on the ground. Moretti was the Tigers top player and rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown.

The Purple had 341 total yards, 182 passing yards, and 91 yards rushing.

St. X and Wallace will go for their first win of the season next Friday when Fairdale comes to Brother Thomas More Stadium.

“We want to win,” Wallace said. “There’s a lot of things that go into that. I can give you different answers and things that we need to improve on. There’s a lot of them. The main thing is that we need to have the toughness to finish. We obviously haven’t found that yet.”

 

 

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