The Tigers routed Muhlenberg Co., 63-14 in a game that was decided by halftime, with the Tigers holding a 49-6 lead. Senior quarterback Desmond Ridder had two rushing touchdowns to start the game and then connected on a pass with senior wide receiver Michael Meredith to make it 21-0 after one quarter, and the points kept on coming.
“I was very happy that we got out of the gate fast in all phases and we were able to get a lot of kids in the game,” St. Xavier coach Will Wolford said. “Eighth different kids were involved in scoring points tonight. It was nice to get all the kids in, all 110 of them, and most of them played in the first half.
Senior running back Sam Taylor senior wide receiver Matt Smith, sophomore running back Aric Lyons and senior wide receiver Chase Collins all scored in the second quarter as well for the Tigers.
The win sets up a mouth-watering matchup in the second round of the playoffs between St. Xavier and Manual, which defeated Henderson Co. 53-18. The last time the two district foes met, St. Xavier came away with a 28-12 victory, extending the Tigers’ winning streak to 28-games over the Crimsons.
“We played really well against them the first time and we’re going to have to do that again,” Wolford said. “They’ve a very good football team and we know it.”
Trinity 69, Ohio County 0: The Shamrocks (11-0) breezed by the Eagles (2-9), 69-0, in the first round of the Class 6-A tournament.
“I thought they were very focused,” Trinity coach Bob Beatty said. “Our blueprint was just to take care of ourselves and our game plan and I thought our kids did that. A lot of younger kids got in. I thought we took care of business and step one is out of the way.”
Quarterback Nick Bohn, starting his first game of the season, completed 8 of 11 passes for a total of 101 yards. Beatty called Bohn’s start over normal starter Spencer Blackburn a “coaches decision” and Blackburn is expected back next week. The Shamrocks will face Eastern in the second round.
Male 38, Daviess Co. 7: The Bulldogs (9-2) hosted the Daviess County Panthers (6-5) in round one of the 6-A playoffs. Male’s quarterback Tony Thomas had the hot hand completing 7-of-13 passes for 86 yards and three scores while Daviess County struggled to find their rhythm producing a mere 62 offensive yards.
“The offense is outstanding right now,” Male coach Chris Wolfe said. “Of all the things clicking for us, it’s the offense. (Deion) Montgomery has had back-to-back 100-yard games and TJ thomas is throwing the ball extremely well. (BK) Smith and (Ethan) Bibb have been good targets for him. I’m feeling really good about our offense right now.”
Manual 53, Henderson Co. 18: The Crimsons (9-2) had little trouble with the Colonels (3-8) on the road, Aiden Robbens led Manual with 112 yards rushing a trio of touchdowns, two on offense and one a 39-yard interception return.
“We just felt like we had to go in there and get on them early, just kind of establish our game plan of what we wanted to do and to try to build a lead early, and that’s what we did,” Manual coach Scott Carmony said. “We had a chance to play a lot of kids and when you play that far from home, you really try to eliminate all the distractions as quickly as you can and get this stuff out of their hands, and take a big lead.”
Next week the Crimsons have a shot at revenge when they face off against St. Xavier.
“We kind of figured the way things played out that we’d have a chance to see them again,” Carmody said. “We just want to play a good, clean game and try to eliminate the mistakes that you can’t have against a team like St. X. We’re looking forward to preparing all week and giving it another shot.”
South Oldham 61, Woodford Co. 33: In an offensive battle in Crestwood, the Dragons (10-1) diverse attack was too much to handle for the Yellowjackets (3-8). Quarterback Drew Zaubi threw four touchdowns and freshman phenom running back Keaton Martin recorded two scores of his own. The Yellowjackets recovered two onside kicks in the second half as they attempted a comeback.
“I think we’ve got some things we’ve got to clean up, but our kids played hard and never quit so overall I’m glad we were able to score enough points to win,” South Oldham head coach Jamie Reed said. “I don’t feel like the game was ever really close after the first quarter. It was a little scary but once we got in gear offensively (we were fine).”
The Dragons face Bullitt Central in the second round.
Fern Creek 51, Grant Co. 7: Kyree Hawkins had a stellar night for the Tigers (9-2) as they crushed the Braves (3-8). Hawkins rushed for 164 yards and four touchdowns in just one half of play and Deven Blincoe had 104 yards with two scores. The Tigers defense played great only giving up 14 yards rushing and 77 yards in the air. The Tigers will now face Dixie Heights in the next round of the 5-A state tournament.
Lexington Catholic 55, Waggener 22: The Knights (6-5) defeated the Wildcats (6-5) in the first round of the Class 3-A tournament, 55-22. Sam Hodges caught a 65-yard pass from Kirk Fagot in the first seven minutes of the first quarter. The Knights led at the half, 42-6, and the Wildcats just couldn’t get their rhythm. Lexington Catholic will face Bardstown in the second round.
DeSales 52, Monroe Co. 0: The Colts (9-2) ran all over the Falcons (3-8) to roll into the second round of the Class 2-A tournament. Quarterback Aaron Pfaadt threw three touchdowns and Austin Tharp scored two touchdowns on the ground and another in the air in the rout.
Christian Academy of Louisville 50, Green Co. 0: The Centurions (10-1) hosted the Dragons (1-10) in the first round of the 2-A playoffs. The Centurions mounted a 42-point lead in the first quarter.
KCD 42, Dayton 6: The Bearcats (9-2) rolled past Dayton (2-9) in the first round of the Class 1-A playoffs behind the play of senior quarterback Jared Frank. Frank threw one touchdown and ran for another in the victory. KCD will try to beat Frankfort for the second time in two weeks in the second round of the playoffs.
Covington Catholic 63, Fairdale 7: The Colonels (8-2) smashed the Bulldogs (3-8) in the opening round of the Class 5-A state tournament. Covington Catholic came out rolling, scoring 28 points in the first quarter. Casey McGinness led the victory on 147 rushing yards with two touchdowns.
Holy Cross 38, Ludlow 12: Mario Convenuto rushed for 123 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars (7-4) past Ludlow in the Class 1-A first round. Senior linebacker Michael Pardue recorded two interceptions to lead the defense for Holy Cross, who will seek to avenge a quarterfinal loss last season when they travel to Beechwood next Friday.
North Bullitt 49, Montgomery Co. 28: The Eagles (8-3) hosted the Indians (3-8) in the first round of the Class 5-A playoffs. Senior quarterback Nate Johnson answered the call with a 33-yard run in the third quarter which carried the teams momentum through to the final whistle.