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Season to Remember

Louisville Holy Cross High School is having a season to remember. The Cougars are 11-0 on the season and are in the midst of chasing state Championship dreams.<p> <body> <p><b><a href="">Premium Access/Message Board Problem?&nbsp; Click Here</a></b></p> </body>

The Holy Cross Cougars are having a remarkable season in Louisville's South End.

Coach Ray Riedinger's Class A Cougars are 11-0 on the season and advanced to the second round of the state play-offs with a 53-13 thumping of Harrodsburg last Friday.

Reidinger says it's a special group, too.

"The senior group we have has bought into everything we've sold them," Riedinger said. "They're a great group of young men and they lead by example."

Though strong on defense, the Cougars have done it this season with one of the commonwealth's top offensive units.

Led by quarterback Nick Nail and running backs Eric Titus, Todd Crumbacker and Marell Booker, Holy Cross has been unstoppable on offense this season, scoring 50+ points five times in 2003.

The Cougar defense has been just as spectacular and have not allowed any opponent to score more than 16 points all season long. And while we're not talking about baseball, the Holy Cross "D" has pitched two shutouts for good measure.

Led by seniors Crumbacker and Nick Bogelt and 6'0, 225 sophomore linebacker Wes McDermott, the Cougars can count on a tough and tested defense to lead them the rest of the season in pursuit of the school's first state championship this season.

And speaking of McDermott, his eight fumble recoveries this season have earned him a place in the KHSAA record books and rank fifth most in state history in the category.

"We're proud of him," Reidinger said of McDermott, who was inserted into the starting lineup early this season after an injury to Crumbacker. "He's surprised us with what he's done in the middle. We look for major things from him in the future."

Holy Cross plays Frankfort High School Friday night at 7:30 at home.

"They have great team speed," Reidinger said of Frankfort. "They're talented and are 9-2 for a reason. We'll have to contain their speed but we're going to be ready for them."

Reidinger also praised his coaching staff and gave much of the credit for the team's success to their hardwork and dedication to the program.

"I'd put them up against anybody in the state," Reidinger said of his coaches.

And for being a small, catholic school in the south end, the Holy Cross Cougars still have big dreams to pursue this season.

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