Rich Hidy ‘12
SSID Managing Director
Bombers Defeat Moeller to Win Regional
In the final game at UC’s Nippert Stadium for the St. Xavier Bombers, the team was able to defeat their GCL rival, the Moeller Crusaders, by the score of 35-21. The Bombers won the game by creating turnovers on defense and keeping the ball on the ground on offense. The Bombers, with the win, are now Regional Champs with a record of 10-3. The Crusaders finished their season at 9-4 with one win and one loss against St. X during the season.
Offensively, Griffin Dolle, the senior quarterback of the Bombers, threw the ball eighteen times, completing ten of those pass attempts, for one hundred and eight yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Ryan Frey caught four of those completions for thirty-one yards. Kevin Milligan also caught two passes for thirty-seven yards and also ran the ball eight times for thirty-six yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Conor Hundley was the leading rusher for the Bombers, running the ball twenty-three times for one hundred and twenty-nine yards and two touchdowns, for a yards per rush average of 5.6. Hundley also caught one pass for twelve yards and a touchdown. Trey Kilgore, the junior wide receiver, caught one pass for ten yards and ran the ball from the Wildcat formation for twenty-three yards on five carries. Sophomore back CJ Hilliard also ran twice for twenty-two yards. The Bombers were able to put up a large amount of points on Saturday night and played well enough to earn the win.
Defensively, Bryson Albright led the charge. He had 8.5 tackles. Mark Jacob, the junior linebacker, recorded 6.5 tackles, and also had a sack. Junior safety Robby Ries had six tackles along with fellow safety Spencer Stroube’s five tackles. Jayln Sutton-Jackson, the starting corner, had yet another interception and five tackles as well. Fellow corner Sean Ahern was also able to pick off a Moeller pass. Joe Barrett and Nate Gerbus each had four tackles and an interception for a team total of four picks in the game. The defensive unit relied on the big play in order to keep Moeller from scoring.
Robbie Dorger had five punts for a forty-one yard per punt average and two punts inside the twenty yard line. He also had a punt of over fifty yards. Next week, the Bombers will play Pickerington Central at a yet to be determined location for a spot in the State Championship. Stay tuned to the St. Xavier school website for details.
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