VICTOR-Y!

Sophomore running back Victor Anderson rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns, leading St. Xavier to a victory over Scott County and the Class 4-A State Crown.

Happy Birthday Saint Xavier Coach Mike Glaser! Glaser celebrated his 52nd birthday with his 6th Kentucky Class 4-A State Title. The Tigers used stellar performances from running backs Justin Brown and Victor Anderson to flat out dominate Scott County Saturday night in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, 49-9. St. Xavier had seven rushing touchdowns on the night with Brown and Anderson combining for six of those scores.

"We have a great respect for this Scott County team," Glaser said after the game, "They are the reason we had to prepare so well and practice so hard."

The game started with both teams punting on its first possession. On St. Xavier's second possession, Victor Anderson took a pitch to the right, broke a few tackles and ran away from the Cardinals' defense like he owed it money, for a 61 yard touchdown and just like that it was 7-0, St. Xavier.

After a partially blocked punt on Scott County's second possession, St. Xavier took control at the Scott County 33-yard line. St. Xavier quarterback Brent Curley led the Tigers down to the Cardinals' 3-yard line, where Anderson would fight his way to a second touchdown and putting the Tigers up 14-0 early.

In the second quarter, Victor Anderson picked up where he left off, simply blowing by the Scott County defense and taking his team to a 21-0 lead on a 34 yard touchdown run.

"I could just smell the endzone tonight," Anderson said, "As soon as I'd break a tackle, I'd look up and my nose would smell the endzone."

The third touchdown of the night for Anderson seemed to shut the doors on Scott County and its hopes for the Championship. St. Xavier's defense took over late in the first half, intercepting two passes and providing its offense with prime field position.

The Tigers took advantage of the great field position, finding the endzone twice more in the first half, breaking the game open 35-0 on two Justin Brown scores.

With such a commanding lead, the defense of St. Xavier looked very comfortable, holding Scott County to only nine points on the night and giving Mike Glaser a very big birthday gift. Scott County's only touchdown on the night came with zero seconds on the clock on a pass from quarterback Cody Andrews to Rodney Haddix.

Anderson's mate in the backfield, Justin Brown finished the game with 97 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers ran the ball for 339 yards, led by Anderson's 151.

The lone bright spot for Scott County was the play of standout running back Ted Sberna, who rushed the ball 23 times for a hard-fought 119 yards. Sberna also returned four kicks for a total of 136 yards, including an 85-yard return that led to a missed field goal in the first quarter.

After the game, the Tigers did their best Marilyn Monroe impression serenading Glaser in a beautiful rendition of 'Happy Birthday.' Glaser just laughed, thanking his team for his sixth State Title, "I just want to thank you all for a great season. You all worked your tails off and this is what it got you." Glaser went on to say, "We had you guys in the weight room on Christmas Eve and on Spring Break, but this win doesn't give you those days off. I expect you in there both Christmas Eve and on Spring Break."

Before the game started, rumors were flying in abundance that this would be Glaser's final season as Head Coach of the St. Xavier Tigers. Glaser would dispute those rumors, "I'm not going anywhere! I love these guys and I love this team! This championship just reaffirms what myself and the coaching staff have been doing here."

One somber moment in the game occured in the final moments when Senior Defensive Lineman Alex Reid was sent out onto the field in his final game after being injured against Henderson County in the semifinals.

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