November 22nd, 2019

Tigers Season Ends at Male 33-7

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 


Tigers Season Ends at Male 33-7
Tigers lose to Male 33-7/ photo by Jeff Woods

For the second time this season, St. Xavier suffered defeat at the hands of the best team in the state as top-ranked Male stifled the Tigers 33-7 in the Class 6A state quarterfinals Friday night. St. X ends its season with a final record of 8-5.

“Where do you start? Turnovers, their dominant run game, our inability to run the ball. They’re a really good football team,” said St. Xavier head coach Kevin Wallace.

The Bulldogs were powered by junior running back Jaylin Bross, who rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Elijah Parish threw for two touchdowns, including a 20-yard strike to Vincel Anthony with just two seconds remaining before halftime to go up 13-0.

 

“It was awful,” said Wallace. “He was wide open…wide open. We had to be perfect.”

 

“I’m just proud of my team,” said Male head coach Chris Wolfe. “They put in everything we had. We were just going to let the game play out. No regrets on how we prepared this week. We had no idea how we were going to play tonight, but they responded, and I’m just really proud of the effort and the preparation they put in.”

 

Bross put the Bulldogs ahead 7-0 with a six-yard run late in the first quarter. He had ten carries for 73 yards in the first quarter alone. On the flip side, the Tigers ran just six total plays for two yards and an interception.

 

The Tigers made headway late in the second quarter with sophomore Mekhi Smith taking the majority of the snaps at quarterback. However, the drive eventually stalled, and Jeff Sexton’s 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

 

“I think we were both trying to feel each other out and not make a mistake early. I know that’s what we were doing,” said Wolfe.

 

The Tigers received the kickoff to begin the second half and quickly marched across midfield, but Doug Bodhaine’s second interception of the game ended another promising drive.

 

“We ran an RPO (run-pass option). Bad decision on the coach’s part. I’ll take the bullet on that one,” said Wallace.

 

St. X scored its only touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter when Smith ran up the middle and made a nice spin move for six. That cut Male’s lead to 20-7 with 11:39 to play. On the ensuing kickoff, the Tigers attempted an onside kick that immediately backfired. Male senior Briceson Rodgers recovered the kick and sprinted 53 yards the other way for a touchdown that effectively put the game away.

 

It’s a difficult way to end the season, but Wallace wants his players to keep their heads high.

 

“I’m proud of them. I’m proud of how they spilled their guts for us. There are a lot of good seniors, a lot of good human beings that are going to be leaders in this community for a long time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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