St. Xavier upset Colerain 7-0 on Saturday in the first matchup of the 2005 SchoolSports Rivalry Tour presented by Old Spice. For Colerain, rated No. 6 in the SchoolSports Top 25 preseason national rankings and the reigning Division I Ohio state champions, it was their first loss in 30 regular season games dating back to 2002.
In a defensive showdown, the only scoring of the day was a 7-yard TD run by Bombers running back Chris Cionni with 9:58 left in the first half, and the kick by Danny Milligan made it 7-0.
The St. Xavier defense held Colerain to 123 total yards and caused four turnovers. They also forced the Cardinals to punt five times, especially remarkable considering Colerain punted only 12 times all last season. Colerain averaged 46 points a game last year.
St. Xavier senior defensive back Frank Morand starred on defense with a game-saving tackle on Colerain running back Terrence Sherrer in the fourth quarter, and also intercepted a pass with under 2 minutes left in the game.
Colerain's defense shined as well, holding the Bombers to 88 yards rushing, with Cionni limited to 28 yards rushing on 19 carries.
But the Bombers held a 161-123 edge in total yards, including 73 yards on 7-for-15 passing from senior QB Brad Scherer. Sophomore running back Darius Ashley also starred for St. X, rushing seven times for 37 yards and catching three passes for 37 more yards.
Colerain was led by Sherrer, who rushed 23 times for 82 yards.
Complete 2005 Tour Schedule
Colerain vs. St. Xavier - 8/27 - University of Cincinnati (Ohio)
Chelsi vs Novi - 8/27 - Eastern Michigan University (Mich.)
Issaquah vs Mission Viejo - 9/5 - Quest Field (Wash.)
Tulsa Union vs Jenks - 9/8 - University of Tulsa (Okla.)
Woodlands vs Klein - 9/30 - Moorehead Stadium (Texas)
Naperville Central vs Naperville No. - 10/7 - North Central Coll. (Ill.)
Mission Viejo vs De La Salle - 10/8 - Mission Viejo Stadium (Calif.)
FM Marcus vs Lewisville - 10/14 - Texas Stadium (Texas)
Warner Robbins vs Northside - 10/21 - "The MAC" Stadium (Ga.)
Lakeland vs Lakeland Kathleen - 11/4 - Bryant Stadium (Fla.)
Preview: SchoolSports Rivalry Tour presented by Old Spice.