October 7th, 2017

St. X offense shines in win over Manual

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Eric Thorne

Staff Writer


St. X offense shines in win over Manual
The Tigers prepare for a snap against Manual / photo by Eric Thorne

One week ago the St. Xavier football team’s offense was stuck on neutral all night, but Friday night it was running like a well-oiled machine in full throttle mode as the Tigers dispatched host Manual 56-34 on senior night.

In a 28-0 defeat to Trinity, the Tigers (6-1) managed just 158 yards of offense, but against Manual (3-4), they scored on seven of their eight possessions, not including the game’s final series where they ran out the clock.

The Tigers amassed 522 yards of offense including 240 on the ground.

Senior quarterback Jack Albers was spot on completing 14 of 17 passes for 282 yards and no interceptions. He also rushed six times for 31 yards.

“We wanted to come out aggressive and they loaded the box to stop the run so we started throwing passes around and it opened up the run,” said Albers, who now has 902 passing yards for the season. “You just have to take what they give you.”

The Tigers made some adjustments during this weeks practice after the Trinity loss and it seemed to work.

“We moved some puzzle pieces around tonight and I think that did pay off,” St. X coach Will Wolford said. “We moved Dominic (Allgeier) over to running back, something he has experience playing in the past and we moved Cameron Garrett back to offense as the wide out and that opened some things up as well.”

Allgeier took full advantage of the move from wide receiver and rushed 14 times for 98 yards. He also scored two of the Tigers touchdowns.

“We definitely knew we had to put last week behind us and we also changed up our practice schedule where we did less reps, but the ones we did do made them much better,” Allgeier said. “That really helped a lot especially it being my first week at running back. I was a little nervous at first, but as the game went along I got a lot more comfortable.”

Allgeier sat out last season after transferring from Manual and is ready to step up with the season ending injury to Brett Metzmeier.

“I love running back and I guess I was feeling it tonight,” Allgeier said. “I was a little rusty, but then I started finding the holes and it all came back. I was totally fine with making the switch.”

While Albers spread the passes around, it was senior Will Crum who hauled in seven passes for 82 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown off a short screen pass over the middle that saw him run untouched to the end zone.

As for the change in attitude, Crum said the Tigers moved on, but the loss isn’t forgotten.

“You have to move on, but we want to play Trinity again, and that’s in the back of our mind,” Crum said. “We were focused tonight on a big district game. Move on, bounce back, and tonight their defense gave me space, and Jack took advantage of it and got me the ball.”

Manual coach Scott Carmony like the fight his team showed in trying to keep up with the Tigers, but knew sheer number of player disadvantage would catch up to his team.

“I really like the way we fought and kept trying to rally back, but they have so many more players than we do that we knew it was going to be tough,” Carmony said. “The positive thing is that we put up 34 points against a very good team, but then you also have to realize you aren’t going to win many games giving up 56 points either.”

The win was the Tigers 30th consecutive against Manual.

Manual took the opening kickoff and went 70 yards as Aiden Robbins scored on a three-yard run.

St. X answered right back moving 65 yards capped off with Albers running a quarterback sweep from 11-yards out. After forcing a Manual punt, Albers lofted a 60-yard touchdown pass to a streaking Brycen Harkins with just three seconds left in the first quarter.

The Crimsons needed just 87 seconds to score as Robbins scored on a five-yard run. However, the Tigers blocked the extra point.

St. X went back to the ground attack as Anthony Morretti barreled his way for a 4-yard score with 8:38 left. Desmond Andrews-Ogbogu then picked off a pass from Zach Recktenwald and Allgeier tallied a 1-yard touchdown run with 5:01 left in the half making it 28-13.

“Dom is a very talented running back and we’re glad to have him in the backfield with Morretti,” Albers said. “I think the changes we made getting more quality and not quantity reps this week helped all of us.”

Manual had one last gasp before the half as Rechtenwald found Marcis Floyd with a 25-yard touchdown pass.

The Tigers could have added points before halftime, but three penalties negated a drive that left Wolford shaking his head in frustration the field.

“We made some bad mistakes there that are easily correctable but we just can’t do that. We have to play smarter football in those situations,” Wolford said. “But overall I was really pleased with the focus and intensity because frankly there were some angry guys playing out there after last week’s loss.”

Allgeier found the endzone again to open the second half with a 16-yard scoring run, and Morretti followed that with his second score on a 2-yard run making it 42-20.

“I think we needed to really keep our composure this week and stay together as a team,” Allgeier said. “Last week we got down and that made us angry and kind of split us apart in the game. This week it was total different mindset.”

Robbins rang up his third touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run and Morretti followed with his third on a 24-yard scamper.

“We put last week behind us, but I would argue there are some guys in here that have a real chip on their shoulder about that loss and went out there with something to prove,” Albers said.

After three straight road games, the Tigers will finish out the regular season with three home games starting next Friday against Male. The Bulldogs (7-1) lone loss this season was also to Trinity. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

 

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