September 3rd, 2020

Holy Cross Football Preview


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Holy Cross Football Preview
Photo by Ed Peak

 This is the first in a series of 2020 season football previews of the four Louisville catholic schools. 


Holy Cross captured lightning in a bottle at the end of last season advancing to the Class A playoff semifinals. This year the Cougars begin with a new head coach and several holes to fill. 


"We lost a lot of pieces," said senior Chaz Geraghty. "But we have some guys that are going to fill in. The first couple games we might be a little slow to get some people varsity experience. But we'll be fine.

"We are gone going try to continue what we started last year."


Eric Dick takes over as head coach for the retired Bob Bronger. Dick, who was head coach at Moore for three seasons has six players on offense and five on defense returning that lost to eventual Class A champion Pikeville.


"All of us have been really excited to play," said lineman Nick Meiman, a third year starter. "Last year we did so well. We just really want to go out and prove this is not a one and done kind of thing. We want this to be (winning tradition) at Holy Cross for a long time."


With 33 players on its roster health and keeping everyone injury free will be a premium. 


"It's always in the back of your mind," said Dick who coached with Bronger as an offensive coordinator and a receivers coach. "In practice you want to work on fundamentals. You worry about losing somebody we may need. You walk a fine line."


Dick says line play on both sides of the ball is a concern as the Cougars prepare for their opener at Covington Holmes, Friday, September 12.


"Our front seven is a main concern," said Dick. "I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't."


While Geraghty is the quarterback and a safety, Dick says he's a leader on the field. "Chaz is a real special kid. I'm finding out what a leader he is. He'll talk with guys about assignments. You don't have to dummy it down to Chaz. You can tell that when you have a conversation on the field with him he's got the knowledge."


Geraghty ran for 890 yards and 11 touchdowns. He threw for 1,182 yards and 10 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. "He's his own worst critique.”


The Cougars will lean on senior running back Lex Thomas, who also runs track to help the running game. He used his speed for 898 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He will also play defensive back. "I'm going to try and implement what I do best and that's get yards and try to help my guys. I've really been working hard to get ready."


Dick says the Cougars lost its best outside receivers through graduation. Nate Seacrest and Garrett Thornsberry, the basketball coaches son, Jody Thornsberry, played last year could help. Mason Hirst, a tight end played last year as well "We'll have to have guys step up."


Brett Minor, senior Steve Barr and junior Jacob Ashby are battling for the center spot. "We may have to move some guys around, move pieces up front to make adjustments."

Juniors, Trever Olges, Lukas Emberton and sophomore Evan Reidinger upfront will see playing time and have to perform.


On defense Meiman, Minor and Hirst are stalwarts. Senior Zach Thompson could move into a linebacker spot. Sophomore Tyler Ballard and senior Garrett Hobbs could be a defensive end or nose tackle. 


"We're going to speed teams up and try to pressure them more, (upfront)," said Dick.

Larry Key will again handle the place kicking game. Last year Key made 49 of 54 extra points and kicked three field goals.


With contact drills beginning September 2nd and the first game on September  11, coaches are behind in getting their systems implemented.


"We've been petal to the metal since we came back," said Dick. "Offense, defense. We haven't had time to work on special teams."


The Cougars will travel to Holmes and Moore before its first home game against Providence of Clarksville, Indiana, September 25th.


District games with Bardstown Bethlehem and Campbellsville are in October. Fort Knox is not playing this season because of Covid-19.


"I think we're on a path to win the district," said Geraghty. "I know those teams have some key good pieces returning.

“A good season for me would be a state championship.”


Holy Cross has some pieces to work with.


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