St. X Pounds North Hardin into the Mud 28-15

St. Xavier used a strong running game to advance past North Hardin and on to the Class AAAA State Semifinals, where it will face Henderson County.

The setting: Old Manual Stadium in Louisville. The field: a mudpit. The players: filthy. The players' feet: uneffected.

St. Xavier High School played host to North Hardin High School in the Class 4A Quarterfinals Friday night and the clock never moved faster. Both teams were bound and determined to run the football and make the other team stop it. The two teams combined for 473 yards on the ground, while only 41 yards were gained through the air.

The first half lasted only 45 minutes and saw both teams score a rushing touchdown and were unaware a spot on the team was reserved for a placekicker. North Hardin took the lead 8-7 on a fake extra point attempt as Senior Athlete Calvin Bini scrambled from one side of the field to the other and finally into the left corner of the endzone. The first half ended with North Hardin up 8-7.

The second half started and both teams felt that establishing the run was what needed to be done. St. Xavier, in the second half, decided to give the ball to stellar Sophomore Tailback Victor Anderson. Anderson scored from ten yards out as St. Xavier took the lead 14-8, but Anderson was not done. The next drive, Anderson carried the ball five times for 41 yards and another touchdown. St. Xavier gave the ball to Anderson who, after a dramatic leap over a defensive lineman pushed through the North Hardin defense to convert the two-point conversion. Anderson, when asked about the move, chuckled saying, "Yeah, I haven't pulled that move out in quite awhile and my teammates were asking for it, so I decided to pull it out again."

With St. Xavier up 22-8, Quarterback Brent Curley scored from 27 yards out on a quarterback draw. St. Xavier looked to be on its way to a win, but North Hardin's Senior Fullback Mark Terry took an option pitch 77 yards down to the St. Xavier three yard line where Bini ran it into the endzone to make the score 28-15.

North Hardin would not see the ball again as the Tigers ran out the clock and the season for the Trojans and moved on to face Henderson County in the State Semifinals. After the game, St. Xavier coach Mike Glaser praised his squad, "These guys fought so hard and the defense stepped up in the second half and the running game finally came around. Our boys showed a lot of heart out there and North Hardin is a squad I certainly wouldn't want to see again."

North Hardin coach Joe Washington fought back tears as he talked about his squad, "This team means so much to me and with the season we've had I couldn't be more proud."

Glaser in the team huddle at the end of the game spoke to his team saying, "Guys, I want you to strap on those helmets proudly and file out of the stadium and we're going to march back to St. X!"

St. Xavier will next face Henderson County, who dispatched Warren Central of Bowling Green. The Tigers will look for the chance to march to Cardinal Stadium and into the State Finals next week.

Stay Tuned to for an update on St. Xavier Defensive Lineman Alex Reid.

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