The Varsity Football Bombers opened the season with 2 wins away from St. Xavier Stadium and looked to make it 3-0 on the season with their first home game. St. Xavier welcomed Walnut Hills who is new to Division I after the new competitive balance initiative from the OHSAA. The Bombers entered the game ranked #1 in the Division I Cincinnati.com poll after wins over Hinsdale Central and Colerain.
St. Xavier came out focused right from the start. The Bombers defense went to work early as senior Bobby Jefferson forced a fumble on the first drive of the game and his classmate Sean Mesue picked it up at the Walnut Hills 22 yard line. On the ensuing play, senior QB Chase Wolf completed a 22 yard touchdown pass to junior WR Jared Kreimer and after a senior PK Donny Stock PAT it was quickly 7-0 St. Xavier. The Bombers defense came back out and senior LB Blake Bacevich came up with a sack on 3rd down to push Walnut back to their own 11 yard line. The Eagles lined up to punt and the kick was blocked by the Bombers' rush which resulted in the ball going out of the endzone for a safety to give the Bombers a 9-0 lead. St. Xavier started on their own 47 yard line after the free kick and the offense went to work again. After a 6 yard gain by senior RB Matthew Fox on 1st down, Wolf found Kreimer for a 10 yard completion. He then found senior WR Cameron Specht for 13 yards and then Specht rushed for another 12 yards on the next play but the play was brought by a holding call. Wolf and Specht connected on a 21 yard completion to take the ball to 1 yard line where Fox finished the drive with a 1 yard touchdown run. Stock converted the PAT to make it a 16-0 game with 6:41 left in the 1st quarter. On the next Walnut Hills drive, senior DB Grant Kirby came up with a 6 yard tackle for loss on 1st down and Mesue had a 7 yard tackle for loss on 3rd down to force another Eagles punt. Once again, the Bombers came up with a blocked punt and the offense took over from the Walnut Hills 2 yard line. One play later, sophomore Kellen Newman took it into the endzone for a 2 yard touchdown run and after Stock converted the PAT, it was 23-0 with 4:35 left in the 1st quarter. The Bombers defense only allowed two first downs in the 1st quarter and only 16 total yards.
The 2nd quarter started with the Eagles on their own 41 yard line with 1st down and 10. After a loss of 5 yards on 1st down, Bacevich came up with an interception on 2nd down to get it back to the St. Xavier offense on the Walnut Hills 30 yard line. Newman picked up a first down on the ground for the Bombers and then Wolf found Kreimer for 12 yards to get it to the Eagles 1 yard line. Senior RB Aaron Wentzel took it into the endzone from there for a 1 yard touchdown run. After a false start on the PAT, Stock missed the longer than normal conversion to keep it a 29-0 St. Xavier lead. The Bombers defense forced another 3 and out and the St. Xavier offense took over at midfield after the Eagles punt. From there, Fox rushed for 39 yards to the Walnut Hills 11 yard line. On 3rd down and 8, Wolf scrambled and found senior WR Andrew Wittrock in the back of the endzone for a touchdown. Stock converted the PAT to make it a 36-0 lead with 7:16 left in the 1st half. Walnut Hills picked a first down on the ensuing drive but once again was forced to punt by the St. Xavier defense. Specht returned the punt 45 yards to the Eagles 8 yard line. Fox took it from there as he rushed it twice and scored on a one yard touchdown run. Stock converted the PAT once again to make it 43-0 Bombers. St. Xavier defense forced another punt and the Bombers offense took the 43-0 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The St. Xavier offense came out and took the ball on the opening drive right down the field for another touchdown and PAT to make it a 50-0 lead. With sophomore Wyatt Hudepohl at quarterback and Newman in at running back they each came up with big plays. After a Newman 36 yard rush on the 1st play of the drive, Hudepohl completed a 9 yard pass to senior TE John Taul. Newman took another carry for 22 yards and Walnut Hills was called for roughing the passer on the next play to move the ball to Eagles 9 yard line. On 2nd down and goal, Newman took it into the endzone for the score. The St. Xavier defense continued their dominant play and allowed no points in the 3rd quarter to maintain the 50-0 lead after 3 quarters. Walnut Hills did find the endzone on their first drive of the 4th quarter and with the converted PAT it was a 50-7 game. With the running clock, the 4th quarter was over quickly and the game ended with the Bombers taking home the 50-7 victory.
The St. Xavier defense was dominant on Friday night as they only allowed 123 total yards and 6 first downs. They were led by Jefferson who finished with 4 tackles (2 for loss) and 1 sack and a forced fumble. Junior DB Nathan Stockman recorded 3 tackles while Kirby recorded 2 tackles for loss. Senior DB Johnny Marrocco had 2 tackles (1 for loss) on the night while Bacevich finished with 2 tackles, 1 sack and an interception.
The St. Xavier offense put 50 points on the scoreboard and gained a total of 259 yards. Wolf finished 7 for 9 on the night with 97 yards and 2 touchdown passes all in the 1st half. Newman led the ream in rushing with 10 carries for 86 yards and 2 touchdowns. Fox finished with 8 carries 54 yards and 2 touchdowns as well. Kremier and Specht each had 3 receptions for 44 yards and 42 yards, respectively, to lead the team in receiving.
With the win, St. Xavier improves to 3-0 on the season and turns their sights to Indianapolis Cathedral High School on Friday, September 15 at 7:00 pm at home. The Irish enter the game 1-3 after winning on Friday night against Indianapolis Chatard. They lost to Louisville St. Xavier, Detroit King and Pickerington Central in the first 3 weeks of the season.