COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
100 Days of St. X History
It will be a historic season for Saint Xavier Football in the fall of 2018 as the program will field its 100th squad on the gridiron. May 9th marks 100 days until the 2018 season kickoff for the 100th season of Saint Xavier Football, and St. X Athletics will take Tiger Nation down memory lane leading up to the season opener against DeSales on August 17.
DAY 30 (July 18)
St. X, led by spectacular defense and 302 total rushing yards, celebrated a 28-14 victory over Trinity in front of 34,500 fans in 1999.
Facing 4th-and-9 with 3:08 remaining, Trinity's passer was hurried by defensive tackle Phil Mettling. The pass was overthrown and Tigers took over on downs. Phil and the St. X defense held Trinity to ONE first down in the second half.
This marked the seventh Tiger victory in the past eight meetings with the Rocks. #TNG
DAY 29 (July 19)
Senior running back Ryan Payne’s 1-yard run on fourth down in overtime gave the Tigers a 34-31 victory over Bryan Station for the 1999 4A state championship.
It was the first overtime in a state championship in program history. #TNG
DAY 28 (July 20)
Previously down 21-0, St. X used the final 1:53 to march 89 yards to complete the team’s second half comeback in the 1999 state semifinal over Hopkinsville.
Brooks Mayer caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Eric Saling with 14 seconds left in the game to send the Tigers to its fifth state finals in the 1990s. #TNG
DAY 27 (July 21)
The 1990’s featured a program-best 115 total wins, a state runner-up finish and FOUR state championships – more than any other school in the ten-year span.
Additionally, the Tigers had 32 total shutouts and outscored opponents 4,007-1,360. #TNG
DAY 26 (July 22)
The St. X defense came up big in the 2001 rivalry matchup.
The Tigers held Trinity’s high-powered offense to 50 yards on 28 rushes and 7 points.
Threatening to score, defensive back Nick Mattingly forced a Trinity fumble at the St. X 13 with 2:11 left in the game to clinch the 14-7 upset against No. 2 Trinity. #TNG
DAY 25 (July 23)
The Tigers trailed 16-6 before defeating Butler 46-16 to capture the 600th win in program history.
Justin Deeley returned one of his three interceptions 94 yards for a touchdown and K.J. Austin (pictured) led the Tigers in rushing with 80 yards including two TDs.
St. X held Butler to just 42 yards in the second half. #TNG
DAY 24 (July 24)
In 2017, St. X had 37 players around the nation playing collegiately. Trinity placed second with 29 and third, Male with 25. #TNG
DAY 23 (July 25)
St. X bested Trinity, the defending state champion, 36-18 in the series 60th meeting before a record crowd of 37,500 in 2004.
The Tigers went 21-of-23 passing by quarterback Brent Curley, amassed 335 yards of offense and the fifth-highest point total in the history of the series. #TNG
DAY 22 (July 26)
DAY 21 (July 27)
The Courier Journal recognized its first All-State team in 1923. With the exception of 1924 and 1946, St. X has had at least one player named to the All-State team since its inception for a total of 561 honorees.
In 1974, a record 14 players were honored. #TNG
*Totals reflecting first, second, third teams and honorable mentions
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