Anderson, Finch power St.X running game

The 2006 Kentucky High School football season kicked off this weekend, with one of the marquee games taking place at Western Kentucky University's L.T. Smith Stadium. InsideTheVille.com was on-hand for the opening game of the Rafferty's Bowl, pitting Louisville St.X against host Bowling Green. ITV Photo Gallery included.

St. X senior running back Victor Anderson entered the 2006 season on Saturday night as one of the leading candidates for the state's Mr. Football award. The 5-foot-9, 182-pound three-star prospect, displayed great vision during his team's first outing - a 15-7 win over Bowling Green at Western Kentucky University - finding holes along the offensive line and exploding for additional yardage. He also showed that he's not afraid to put his head down and run over an opponent, and has the strength to pull a pile of tacklers for an extra yard or two.

However, Anderson, who finished the game with 61 yards on 15 carries, was limited to mainly first half action due to cramping, which allowed sophomore running back Rolandan Finch to have an impressive opening game. Finch, who also answers to the nickname 'Duece', ran for 73 yards on 13 carries.

"I'm fine, I'm not hurt, I just had some cramps," Anderson told InsideTheVille.com "To be honest, I was glad to see Rolandan get so many carries, because I want him to get used to the varsity level. He did good and I'm proud for him."

Anderson, who verbally pledged to West Virginia during the spring, but has since said that he'll research all of his opportunities prior to making a final college choice, said that the start of his senior season means that recruiting process will have to take a back seat for a few months.

"I'm done with it for right now," explained Anderson, who also holds scholarship offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee and others. "It's all about St. X football right now, so basically I'm not thinking about any colleges right now. I'll do that later."

Making his first start at defensive end, 6-foot-3, 233-pound Bradley Schmitt performed well against one of the better team's in the state. Schmitt, who came to our attention at the Scout.com All-American combine this past May, has great pursuit skills and see's the ball well. His side of the line allowed few - if any - rushing yardage on the night.

Bowling Green's 3-star offensive line prospect Stuart Hines, who entered the game in the top of ITV's Best of the Bluegrass, performed well on both sides of the line and picked up Defensive Player of the Game honors for his effort. Defensively, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound senior moves along the line well, while on offense he is often the key blocker for the Purple's running attack. While the host school could only muster about 60 yards on the ground, Hines did display good footwork and nice speed.

"It felt great," Hines said following his first outing of the year. "I love playing both ways. You can get tired at times, but you have to play hard and just get through it."

Bowling Green lost the services of two of it's multiple Division I prospects for the game when running back Avery Hibbitt was injured early in the contest and again near half time when middle linebacker Tucker Jackson was forced to the sideline.

ITV Gallery: St.X vs. Bowling Green

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NOTEBOOK:

  • Louisville Male's Doug Beaumont totaled over 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs 49-6 season-opening win over New Albany. Defensively the Scout.com four-star prospect also forced a fumble and recorded a number of tackles.

    "I love to be on the field and do whatever I can to help the team win," said Beaumont, who holds scholarship offers from Kentucky and Louisville. "It's an honor to know that the coaches want me to help so much by playing different positions."

  • One of the River City's hidden gems, receiver/defensive back/punter Josh Williams of Male also had a big outing, hauling in three touchdown receptions.

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