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