St. Xavier Tigers Football Notebook: Playoff Edition
St. X Bombers 24 St. X Tigers 6
The Tigers traveled north to take on the St. X Bombers, one of the top teams in the country this year. The Tigers competed well, but at the end of the game the Bombers had just a little bit too much for the Tigers as (Lou) St. X fell 24-6. The Tigers struggled to move the football against a very tough Bombers defense; the Tigers only were able to gain 113 yards of total offense. A theme that has been present in Tiger defeats this year is the lack of offense generated, but I would be willing to bet the Tigers will not face a defense quite like the one they battled against this past Friday in Cincinnati. Senior quarterback, Noah Houk was 7-18 passing for 32 yards and an interception. Junior quarterback A.J. Breit replaced Noah in the 4th quarter and lead the Tigers to their only score of the game. The scoring drive for Tigers was capped off with a 1 yard run by Same Taylor.
The Tiger defense was up to the challenge, facing a team that is physical and relies a lot on their running game to generate their offense. The Tiger defense game up 221 yards to the Bombers. The Tiger defense has done a great job in the regular season, and if they can continue their great play in the playoffs, anything can happen for this team.
Daviess County (6A Playoffs - 1st Round)
Not sure if these two have met before
The "Win or Go Home" season has arrived, hard to believe we are at this point already. The Tigers will host 4-6 Daviess County in the first round of the playoffs. Over the last number of years, first round upsets have been scarce, but that does not mean they can not happen if a team does not come ready to play. The Tigers have a very good defense, which will in my opinion allow them to win this first round match up pretty easily, but how will the offense preform? In their wins, the offense has played like a unit that could win the state championship, in their losses they look like a team that could get knocked out in the second round. It will be interesting to see the philosophy the offensive coaches use for this game. Last year against Fern Creek, the staff held out a number of key players so they could rest/heal for the second round match-up, will the staff do the same thing this year? Consistency is the key for offense, identify what you want to hang your hat on, and focus in on that area on Friday night. I firmly believe the Tigers win this one going away, but what will you as a fan have to see from this team to determine if they are ready to make a big time run in the playoffs? Head on over to the prediction form and express your thoughts about the Tigers matchup against Daviess County and their potential playoff run.