Holy Cross Cougars becoming giant killers

Coach Ray Riedenger has built quite a program at Louisville Holy Cross High School. Last weekend, the varsity defeated Class AAAA Shelby County, 20-7, while the Cougar freshmen defeated Class AAAA powerhouse St. Xavier Thursday evening, 13-12. The Cougars are ranked #5 in the state of Kentucky.

Holy Cross Cougars rolling in the southend

Louisville Holy Cross High School, a Class A football program, is off to some kind of start in 2003.

Coach Riedinger (ITV)

Coach Ray Riedenger's varsity opened the season last weekend with a 20-7 victory over Class AAAA opponent Shelby County on the road.  District winners in 2001, the Cougars play southend rival DeSales Friday night in a game that will be televised by Insight Channel 8 at 11:00 p.m.

But the upsets don't stop at Shelby County.

Freshman Coach Bob McDermott tells ITV that the Cougar freshmen pulled an even bigger shocker Thursday night as the Holy Cross freshman squad upset Class AAAA heavy weight St. Xavier, 13-12.  Despite being out manned four to one, the Cougars pulled the upset and showed that the program and the underclass are strong and will be a force to be reckoned with the next few seasons.

With the recent upsets of higher class opponents, some might think it a case of David vs. Goliath.  Not so.  Coach Ray Riedinger's program is the real deal and the Cougars are as strong these days as they were when former University of Kentucky standout and NFL'er Dean Wells and speedy All-State back Aaron Payne took the field for the southend Catholic school.  The Cougar coaching staff has built an excellent, model program and the Dixie Highway school is ranked 5th in Class A this week.

Todd Crumbacker (ITV)

Standouts on the Cougar varsity this season are running back/ linebacker Todd Crumbacker and offensive/defensive lineman Nick Borgelt.

At 5'10, 212, Crumbacker is a big, physical back who can punish opposing defenses.  In 2002, Crumbacker carried 101 times for 658 yards and 6 touchdowns and earned honorable mention all-state honors.  And if last week's performance against Shelby County, in which he ran for 109 yards, is an indication, this season looks even brighter for the Cougar ball carrier.  

The 6'5, 270 Borgelt has the size and ability to play both ways and has been a standout for the Cougars for the past couple seasons.  Borgelt, who paves the way for Crumbacker and the Cougar ground game, is receiving interest from Kentucky, Louisville, and Eastern Kentucky and others.

Wes McDermott (ITV)

On defense, the Cougars are led by both Crumbacker, Borgelt and 5'11, 225 So. linebacker Wes McDermott.

To learn more about Holy Cross and the Cougar football program visit http://holycrossfootball.com.

Upcoming Games (Home vs. Away)
Friday, Aug 29
DeSales vs. Holy Cross Cougars @ DeSales 7:30PM  
Thursday, Sep 4
HCHS Freshman vs. Grayson Co. @ Holy Cross (Lou) 6:00PM-8:00PM

Authors note:  A special congratulations on the big victory over St. X Thursday night to my godson, #17 Ron McDermott, who is a freshman defensive back/wide receiver/quarterback on the Holy Cross freshman squad.  Great job Ronnie and Cougars! 

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