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St. Xavier, Male High both win in double-header

St.Xavier and Male High School were both winners Friday night in a double header at Male High Stadium. Game recaps and standouts, college lists, recruiting news, game notes and tidbits on 2003 UofL football signee Sergio Spencer. <P> <B>EXTRA: <a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/173477.html">Urrutia brothers shine in Fern Creek win</a></b>

The St. Xavier Tigers defeated Cincinnati Moeller in the first of two games at Male High School Friday night. The forward pass wasn't much of a facotr in this one as both teams preferred to run the ball on the ground and play solid defense.

The Tigers looked sharp and capitalized on several Moeller miscues to pull out a 31-17 victory against the Ohio powerhouse.

Leading the way for the Tigers was 5'11, 210 senior running back K.J. Austin-Bruce. An impressive back, Austin-Bruce is trying to make a name for himself this season after missing most of last season with injury.

Austin-Bruce (ITV)
Austin-Bruce, who has already scored a 20 on the ACT, has a nice burst of speed through the hole and is also hard to bring down. He had an 80 yard romp down the right sidelines, an impressive 40 yard touchdown run in the second half and scored later in the half on a 20 yard carry off tackle.

"The offensive line did a great job opening holes," Austin-Bruce told ITV. "It was a total team effort."

Austin-Bruce likes Ohio State, Louisville and Kentucky.


St. Xavier standout Dan Bick, a 6'1, 203 senior linebacker did not play because of a back injury suffered last week but did dress for the game.

Players to Watch

Nick Redmond, SR. - 6'5, 245 TE/DE (St. X)

Justin Jeffries, SO. - 6'3, 266 OL (St. X)

Two athletic and entertaining teams took the field in the second game as Male defeated Hopkinsville, 31-26 under a heavy second half down pour.

Travis Watters  (ITV)
Once again, Male running back Travis Watters (5,9, 160), was the star of the show.

Watters is extremely quick and elusive and has tremendous "jukeability." He is a danergous threat in the open field and has quick feet and great hips and can wiggle past defenders in space.

"I'm not big but I have good quick moves," Watters said.

Watters, who was named the offensive Player of the Game last weekend against Oldham County, scored on an 8 yard run, had a 33 yard gain out of the backfield to set up a score and returned a punt 85 yards, slipping several defenders along the sideline, for a touchdown.

Watters says he's receiving interest from Colorado, Michigan State, Louisville, Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky. The senior says he currently has no favorites and is looking for "The right fit."

Doug Beaumont (ITV)
Another standout for Male was 5'9 freshman WR/S Doug Beaumont. Though it's very early in the season, it's hard to imagine a better freshman in Jefferson County than Beaumont. The freshman starts for the Bulldogs at safety, plays WR on offense and also sees action on the return teams for the state's number two ranked team.

Against Hopkinsville Friday night, Beaumont broke up two passes, hauled in a spectacular reception at the goal line and forced a fumble with a big hit after chasing down a Hopkinsville wide receiver across the field (The fumble was ruled down).

On defense, the Bulldog secondary played tight coverage all night and did a good job against the pass. The standout for the Dawgs defense was Lamont Samuels, a 6'2, 255 defensive lineman. Samuels recorded two sacks in the second half and applied good pressure all night.

In addition to having a team goal of winning the State Championship, Samuels told ITV that he is aiming to be a 1st Team All-State selection. The Bulldogs lineman is receiving considerable attention from Eastern Kentucky.

Hoptown's Pully  (ITV)
For Hopkinsville, 6'4, 191 quarterback/safety Curtis Pully was impressive. A good athlete, Pully hurt the Bulldogs with his running ability and scored on runs of 50 and 40 yards. Though the junior has good size and a nice delivery, he likely projects as a safety at the collegiate level.

Notes Several current UofL players were in attendance, including Michael Bush, Matt Sanders, Montrell Jones and Todd Flannery. Sanders told ITV that he expects to redshirt this season after moving from linebacker to defensive end.

Michael Bush watched his
former Bulldog team
Male's Steve Garr, a 6'3, 192 junior wide receiver did not play after having minor surgery last week. Garr told ITV that Lousiville is showing early interest and he's already met with Cardinal Head Coach Bob Petrino. Garr also mentioned he liked the University of Texas.

Male's sophomore class appears loaded with players like QB Brian Anderson, DB Brandyn Brown, RB Marcus Hughes, K Richard Fangman, DB Nathan Overall. Combined with what many call the city's top freshman class this season, the Bulldogs appear set for several more title runs in the future.

2003 UofL football signee Sergio Spencer is assisting Coach Bob Redman and the Male Bulldogs this season. Word on the Male High sideline is that Spencer will enroll at Louisville in January and intends to join the football program in the spring.

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