October 5th, 2017

Football preview: Week eight

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Conor Revell

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Football preview: Week eight
Trinity's Rondale Moore / file photo

The eighth football Friday has arrived. After this week, some teams will only have two regular season games remaining while the rest will have three. Here’s a look at this week’s football previews.

Kentucky Country Day (5-1) at Holy Cross (3-3), 7 p.m.

A district championship is on the line. Win and you have a chance to play at home during most of the Class A playoffs, lose and you possibly won’t get a single postseason game at home.

It’s a chance at redemption for Holy Cross; KCD won this game 34-0 a year ago, and captured the district crown.

Running back Mario Convenuto will be the centerpiece of the Cougars offense and has rushed for 593 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

Quarterback Jaren McDonald will run the offense and has completed 49 of 102 passes for 583 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Gavin Foushee is the Cougars top receiver and has caught 18 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown. Convenuto has caught 10 passes for 113 yards and two scores.

The Cougars defense is allowing 15.8 points per game.

KCD’s high powered offense will be led by quarterback Jackson Diaz who has completed 72 of 115 passes for 1,102 yards, 14 touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Josh Lifton is the Bearcats top receiver and has caught 23 passes 365 yards and four touchdowns. Gianni Minor (14 catches for 259 yards and four touchdowns) and Ashton Robinson (seven catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns) also look to play a pivotal role in the passing game.

Robinson is also KCD’s featured running back and has rushed for 551 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Blake Caldwell will also receive carries and has rushed for 301 yards and four scores.

The KCD defense is allowing 19.3 points per game.

DeSales (6-0) at Christian Academy (5-1), 7:30 p.m.

The two archrivals will be battling for the Brothers in Faith Trophy, something DeSales has never won as the Centurions have won the last five regular season meetings and walked away victorious in both meetings.

Quarterback Aaron Pfaadt will lead the Colts offense and has completed 36 of 76 passes for 574 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions and has also rushed for 266 yards and two scores.

Tyrell Watkins is DeSales’ top receiver and has caught seven passes for 155 yards. Chase Pfaadt has eight receptions for 104 yards.

Watkins will also lead the Colts ground attack and has rushed for 433 yards and eight touchdowns. Savion Stivers (189 yards rushing, one touchdown), Chase Pfaadt (142 yards rushing, three touchdowns), and Carlos Ordway (221 yards rushing, three touchdown) will also receive carries.

The Colts defense is allowing 14.6 points per game.

As Courier Journal reporter Jason Frakes has reported, CAL quarterback Austin Carr will not play because of undisclosed reasons.

Instead, Milton Wright will be the signal caller. He has completed 14 of 28 passes for 74 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions.

This is a big deal because Wright was the Centurions top receiver having caught 13 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. Nathaniel Clark is now CAL’s top wideout and has caught nine passes for 136 yards while William Marshall has caught eight passes for 104 yards and a score.

Look for CAL to utilize their running game. Wright has rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns while Anthony Harris (181 yards rushing and one touchdown) and Brandt Babin (123 yards rushing and one touchdown) will also receive carries.

The CAL defense is allowing 9.8 points per game.

St. Xavier (5-1) at Manual (3-3), 7:30 p.m.

After last week’s debacle against archrival Trinity, St. X will try to get back on track at historic Manual Stadium.

St. X will be led by quarterback Jack Albers who has completed 44 of 76 passes for 650 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. He has also rushed for 248 yards and four touchdowns.

Will Crum is the Tigers top receiver and has caught eight passes for 212 yards while Ben Mueller also looks to play a role and has caught nine passes for 165 yards and a score.

Since Brett Metzmeier out of the season, Anthony Moretti will handle running back duties and has rushed for 354 yards and six touchdowns. ‘

The St. X defense is allowing 19.5 points per game.

Manual will be led by quarterbacks Alex Conlin (complete 24 of 63 passes for 209 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions) and Zach Recktenwald (completed 23 of 46 passes for 279 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions) who split time at the position.

Aidin Robbins will lead the Crimsons ground attack and has rushed for 262 yards and two scores. Marcis Floyd has rushed for 108 yards and one score.

Floyd is also Manual’s top receiver and has caught 18 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Chambers Sutton has caught 11 passes for 132 yards and one score.

The Manual defense is allowing 10.8 points per game.

Eastern (3-3) at Trinity (7-0), 7:30 p.m.

Trinity’s football team will try to wrap up the regular season with three wins to wrap up the district crown.

Quarterback Nick Bohn will lead the Trinity offense and has completed 162 of 208 passes for 1,966 yards, 17 touchdowns, and two interceptions.


Luke McGuire (315 yards rushing and six touchdowns) and Geremiah Smith (208 yards rushing and two touchdowns) will lead a strong Trinity rushing attack.

Rondale Moore, a Texas commit, is Bohn’s favorite target and has caught 72 passes for 901 yards and seven touchdowns.

Ryan Miller (23 catches for 402 yards and two touchdown), Nick Strothman (28 catches for 226 yards and three scores), and Anthony Palombino (10 catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns) will play a role in the passing game.

The Trinity defense is allowing 12.4 points per game.

Eastern will be led by quarterback Christian Kessler who has completed 55 of 109 passes for 595 yards, eight touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Riley Hall is Eastern’s top running back and has rushed for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Elijah Irvine has added 153 yards on the ground and three scores.

Nicholas Marshall is the Eagles top receiver and has caught 17 passes for 251 yards and three scores. Bryce Williams has caught 12 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns.

The Eastern defense is allowing 17.8 points per game. 


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