October 19th, 2019

Tigers Trounce Butler 42-6

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Tigers Trounce Butler 42-6
St. X defeats Butler 42-6/ photo by Jeff Woods

St. Xavier senior quarterback Doug Bodhaine accounted for a career-high five total touchdowns Friday night, as the Tigers toppled Butler 42-6. The win is the Tigers’ first in almost a month and snaps a two-game losing skid.

“We needed to win a football game,” said St X head coach Kevin Wallace. “Our demeanor and morale were so bad early in the week, and our confidence level was so bad that we just needed to come out here and play well.


“We talked all week about three E’s: energy, enthusiasm, and effort,” said St. X head coach Kevin Wallace. “I thought we came out with some energy. We just have to keep the snowball stuff from happening, where one thing goes wrong, and it just snowballs, and all of a sudden, there’s an avalanche. There was a short period of time where that happened tonight.”


Following a couple of rough outings, Bodhaine bounced back in a big way. He finished 14-of-17 for 242 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores.


“I think last week we lost to a team we know we should’ve beaten in our minds,” said Bodhaine. “It really sunk in and resonated with us, and we just wanted to come back as hard as we could and play as hard as we can.”


Two of Bodhaine’s touchdown passes went to sophomore Mehki Smith, who caught five balls for 70 yards. His second touchdown catch was for 21 yards on a rainbow pass from Bodhaine to put the Tigers ahead 42-6. Wallace says the team made a concerted effort to get Smith more touches.


“He’s the best playmaker on our team,” said Wallace. “Between he and (Michael) Duddey, they’re the two guys that are a little bit of a home run threat for us, and we had not gotten either one the football the past two weeks.”


“(Mehki) is such a special player, and he is a very good guy,” said Bodhaine. “When he gets the ball in his hands, he is very dangerous. He has a lot of good moves. I’m just trying to do my job and get the ball to him so we can keep having big plays like that.”


The highlight of the night came with 4:20 left in the second quarter. The Tigers ran a jet sweep, reverse flea-flicker, resulting in a 52-yard touchdown from Bodhaine to sophomore Michael Duddey. The score gave St. X a 28-0 edge.


However, the Tigers’ night was far from perfect. Leading 28-0, a mishandled snap led to a 30-yard loss. Three plays later, a botched punt gave Butler the ball inside the red zone and led to the Bears’ only score of the night. The Tigers then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and put the Bears right back in the red zone. The defense quickly responded with two sacks and a fumble recovery, but the series of errors continues to be an issue.


“This is a football team that changes hour to hour, much less day to day or week to week,” said Wallace. “I think we just have to keep pushing to go about things the right way. We’ve used a term that we have to become comfortable getting uncomfortable. We have to give uncomfortable effort for us to be able to compete at a high level. I’m not sure we’ve done that very well.”


Senior running back Logan Davis finished with 16 carries for 72 yards and a six-yard touchdown on the Tigers opening drive of the game. Davis leads the team with ten rushing touchdowns on the season.


St. X (5-3, 1-1 Class 6A District 3) visits PRP for its final district game of the season next Friday night while Butler (4-5, 1-1) hosts Manual.


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