September 7th, 2019

Tigers Fall to Male 51-14

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 


Tigers Fall to Male 51-14
Bulldogs defeat Tigers 51-14/ photo by Jeff Woods

This was a game St. Xavier would like to forget.

Male handed the Tigers their most lopsided loss since 2010 on Friday, beating St. X 51-14.

 

“We got dominated up front. They were better in every phase of the game,” said Tigers head coach Kevin Wallace. “They were coached better. They played better. It was a total shellacking. I’ve been fortunate that I haven’t had too many of those in my career. But it was pretty bad.

 

Male raced out to a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter before the Tigers showed signs of life. Quarterback Doug Bodhaine put St. X on the board with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Byrne to make it 28-7. The defense forced a three-and-out, and the Tigers quickly scored again on a Bodhaine touchdown scramble with 3:06 remaining in the first half.

 

On the ensuing possession, Male was stopped short on 3rd down at its own 27, and momentum was starting to tilt toward the Tigers’ sideline.

 

Then came the fake punt.

 

Facing 4th and three from their own 27 in punt formation, the Bulldogs caught the Tigers napping as Chad Carroll ran for 18 yards and kept the Male drive alive. Four plays later, Jaylin Bross ran for a 32-yard touchdown to extend Male’s lead to 34-14 just before halftime.

 

“It was just a momentum thing,” said Male head coach Chris Wolfe. “We were three-and-out, three-and-out, and we needed to give our defense some rest. The look was there for us to take, and you have to risk something to get a reward.”

 

Male’s gamble effectively dashed the Tigers’ hopes for mounting any comeback.

 

“That tells you how much they disrespect us, if you fake punt in that situation and give us a chance to get back in the game,” said Wallace. “That tells me they had every bit of confidence that they could do whatever they wanted to against us.”

 

The Bulldogs’ first score came on a nine-play, 85-yard drive, capped by Joe Kuerzi’s two-yard touchdown run. St. X then committed turnovers on back to back possessions. Following a Bodhaine interception, Male quarterback Elijah Parish connected with Briceson Rodgers for a 58-yard touchdown to make it 14-0.

 

On the Tigers’ next play from scrimmage, Bodhaine was sacked by Lukas Banbury. The ball popped loose, and Raymon Tucker was there for the scoop and the score. The Tigers went from a seven-point deficit to 21 in just 17 seconds.

 

“Things went our way. Our guys executed really well,” said Wolfe. “St. X is just as good a football team after the game as they were before. We just got on a roll.”

 

Parish finished 10-of-16 for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Bross rushed eleven times for 134 yards and three scores. His performance comes just one week after he was stretchered off the field against Ballard.

 

“He played really well,” said Wolfe. “When they released him on Tuesday, I couldn’t believe it. He looked good all week in practice and ran with some intensity tonight.”

 

As for the Tigers, Wallace expects plenty of soul-searching in the coming days as the team prepares to visit Central next Friday.

 

“We’ll find out what we’re made out of.”

 

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