September 3rd, 2012

Local Catholic Players Impact UK-UL Game

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Local Catholic Players Impact UK-UL Game
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Several local Catholic high school players have impact on The Game

Special to Louisville Catholic Sports Network


Several players from Trinity, St. Xavier and DeSales played major roles in Louisville's 32-14 win over rival Kentucky before a record Papa John's Cardinal Stadium sellout crowd of 55,386 Sunday.

Former Trinity High quarterback, senior Will Stein, the Cardinals backup to Teddy Bridgewater threw a 2-point conversion pass to Marcus Smith following the game’s first touchdown.

Stein, who started in the game last season before an injury sent him to the sidelines, came in at quarterback late in the third quarter and played the remainder of the game. Stein finished 3 of  5 passing for 15 yards and ran the ball twice.

"We've been working on it since fall camp," said Stein of the 2-point pass. "They gave us the look that we expected, so we called it, threw it for the two point conversion."

Stein's teammate at Trinity, Scott Radcliff, who is a second string receiver caught two passes for seven yards. Another former Shamrock, senior Alex Kupper started at left tackle as the Louisville offense racked up 466 yards including 219 rushing.

"If we did what we were taught to do and played as hard as we could, we knew we couldn't be stopped. It was a statement to the state and hopefully the nation: that UofL is back," said Stein.

  • Sophomore walk-on kicker Ryan Johnson from DeSales listed as the backup punter had punts of 41 and 46 yards during the third and fourth quarter.
  • Kentucky starting center, senior Matt Smith from St. X. was listed in the Wildcats media notes as a Remington Trophy candidate. The award is presented to the nation’s top center.
  • Kentucky assistant coach Greg Nord, a graduate of Bishop David (now Holy Cross) is the Wildcats Special Teams Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach. Nord, who played at UofK, coached at Louisville from 1995-2009 is in his second stint as a Wildcats assistant. Nord coached at Kentucky from 1979 until 1989. He returned to Lexington in 2010 to be on head coach Joker Phillips’ staff.

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