September 9th, 2020

St X Football Preview

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


St X Football Preview
Photo by Ed Peak

If St. Xavier is going to have its usual success this season it will have to rely on a lot of young inexperienced players. 

 

"We are going to have so many young players, the sophomore class," said coach Kevin Wallace. "You just don't know how they are going to react when the lights come on."

 

The Tigers do have some experience returning and a quarterback transfer from Colorado in senior left hander Giles Poole. "He's intelligent, likes watching film. He's a dedicated guy in terms of preparing," said Wallace. "He has the talent to be a very, very good player. Giles will make a difference."

 

St. X returns four starters on offense. Senior Evan Brown, a Navy commit, will anchor the offensive line. Receivers juniors, Mekhi Smith and Michael Duddy return. Duddy caught 20 passes and 646 yards and five touchdowns. Smith had 618 yards and four touchdowns. 

 

Running backs senior Grant Goodwin and junior Justin Walsh will help the running game. Leading rusher Logan Davis graduated. He carried the ball for 966 yards and 14 touchdowns.

 

On defense St. X returns senior linebacker Kurtis Cotton a standout last season. Cotton fourth on the team in total tackles with 71, six for losses and two sacks. Cotton will move to the outside this year.

 

"Cotton is a big man," said senior center Grant Probus. "He's awesome outside." Seniors Brandon Wilson, Jack Burch and Parker Guilaume will be counted on to help the defense. 

 

Senior Cameron Tegge will be handling the kicking duties and junior Bennett Boehnlein the punting.

Wallace said he's concerned about how his team will mesh together as a unit. During the preseason the Tigers have practiced in pods of 10 as to not lose entire groups to the Coronavirus.

 

"Everything concerns me," said Wallace. "I'm concerned about missed assignments. Having break downs in the kicking game. We haven't been able to do a lot of stuff as a team."

 

Health is always important to a team. But this year it's exaggerated with the virus. "We can't get to the playoffs and have a bunch of kids in quarantine," said Wallace. "That's a little bit of luck to have everybody."

 

The district will feature a Manual team that returns several players that are being recruited by Division I teams according to Wallace. The Tigers lost to the Crimsons 20-19 last season. District matchups with Butler and Pleasure Ridge Park are on the schedule as well.

 

The Tigers will travel to Lexington to play Frederick Douglass on November 6 to finish the regular season. Rival Trinity is scheduled for September 25th.

 

"I think Trinity will have one of the best teams that has ever been in the state given the personnel they have coming back," said Walllace. "They will be very difficult to score on. It will be a challenge for anyone to compete with them".

 

The Tigers open with Bowling Green, Friday at St. X. Last season the Tigers beat the Purples 28-14.

This St. X team faces a lot of unknowns. "This team has a lot of fight," said Probus. "This team has been through a lot this year."

 

 

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