A first half offensive barrage by St. Xavier led the Tigers to its third win of the season.
The Tigers (3-1) led 38-0 at halftime before stepping off the pedal, blowing out Highlands 45-18, on Friday at home. Quarterback Desmond Ridder threw for a pair of touchdowns in one half of work, and running back Sam Taylor ran in for a score on a strong day on the ground.
“Offensively, other than turning the ball over on our first possession, we scored on the rest of them in the first half and I think we had three straight three-and-outs,” St. Xavier coach Will Wolford said. “That’s the first time we’ve gotten the running clock in the first half. When that’s the case, everything is going well.”
The hosts dominated the line of scrimmage, leading to 474 total yards of offense and 26 first downs. William Ginter and Blake Roshkowski each had 20-plus yard touchdown runs, Ginter’s for 23 yards and Roshkowski’s for 45 yards, sandwiching a 17-yard touchdown pass from Ridder to wide receiver Ben Seger that gave the Tigers a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter wasn’t much different as Owen Johnson hit a 28-yard field goal, Taylor scored on a five-yard run, and Roshkowski caught a 10-yard touchdown reception from Ridder to sent Highlands to halftime with its head in its hands.
“He’s looked really well all along,” Wolford said of Ridder. “He had a great preseason and he has quite a bit of experience. He played as a sophomore and gained a ton of experience last year, and he’s gotten bigger faster stronger, and he’s a Division I commit.”
In the second half, Bluebirds (1-4) quarterback Brad Gosney connected on three touchdown passes to make the scoreline more respectable. Gosney found Nick Veneman on a 31-yard pass and Jared Wogan on a 16-yard pass in the third quarter, and Evan Fickenscher on a one-yard completion in the fourth quarter.
Backup Tigers quarterback Jack Albers scored on a 23-yard run of his own in the third quarter as well.
Ridder finished the day 10-for-13 with 108 yards in the air and two touchdowns, while Taylor led the Tigers with 134 yards rushing on just 16 carries. Roshkowski led the Tigers with 40 yards receiving.
Butler 18, Doss 14: The host Bulldogs (3-2) defense forced two turnovers in a close game against the Dragons (1-3). Doss running back Hamilton Wilson ran 20 times for a total of 107 yards and 2 touchdowns.
KCD 48, Bethlehem 12: Jackson Diaz was once again the spark plug for the Bearcats (4-1), running for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns. But Ashton Robinson also chipped in, running for 92 yards and a pair of scores. Bethlehem’s (2-2) Jameson Hinkebein accounted for a touchdown in the air and on the ground.
Male 63, Seneca 6: The host Bulldogs (4-1) easily defeated the Redhawks (0-5) behind a dominating defensive performance. Tony Thomas threw three touchdowns in the first quarter to lead Male, while Dayshawn Chaney scored the only touchdown for Seneca.
CAL 39, North Oldham 13: The Centurions (4-1), led by a defensive effort that allowed just 20 total rushing yards, jumped out to a 39-0 lead against the visiting Mustangs (0-5). The Mustangs scored two rushing touchdowns in the second half.
Holy Cross 9, Western 6: The Cougars (3-2) used defense to ease past the visiting Warriors (2-3). A close game down the stretch, Holy Cross took over on downs at midfield and ran the clock out for the victory.
Moore 42, Iroquois 6: Rae’Von Vaden threw for 211 yards and four touchdowns as the Mustangs (4-1) routed Iroquois (0-4). Vaden was 15-of-24, throwing for an average of 14.1 yards per catch.
South Oldham 35, Boone Co. 14: The Dragons (4-0) ran for 264 yards and passed for another 115 yards as they took out the visiting Rebels (0-5).