This week, the Tigers will be back on the gridiron after having a bye this past week. This will be St. X’s first action since their big 35-28 win over Indianapolis Cathedral. Let’s take a look at what the Tigers will see against Bowling Green this Saturday.
After beating an inferior North Hardin team 42-7 in week one, BG surprisingly lost 35-21 at PRP last Friday. This ended their state-best 28 game win streak. Before last week, their last loss came in the beginning of the 2015 season, when they were pummeled 45-19 by your St. X Tigers. Bowling Green will be eager to bounce back in their home opener, so Coach Wolford’s squad must be prepared.
Name: Bowling Green High School
Coach: Kevin Wallace
KY State Rank: #12
The BG offense is led by the backfield tandem of junior QB Beau Buchanan and sophomore RB Vito Tisdale. Buchanan has put together a solid season so far, throwing for almost 350 yards and 3 touchdowns while completing 63% of his passes. While Buchanan can sling the ball decently, he has little to no running ability. In two games, he has zero rushing touchdowns and has not scampered for more than five yards on a single carry.
Sophomore Vito Tisdale, who already holds 5 D1 offers, has also produced some impressive numbers early on in his 2017 campaign. The shifty back only has 114 rushing yards, but he has found the endzone 3 times. No other player on the team has more than 17 yards on the ground, so look for Tisdale to carry the load in that department.
Seniors Nash Hightower and Ziyon Kenner have proven to be Buchanan’s favorite targets in the passing game. Kenner leads the team in receiving yards with 120 to go along with 1 TD catch, while Hightower has 2 receiving touchdowns and 110 yards. Hightower also has a rushing touchdown to add to his resume. Kenner is very lethal on special teams as well. Against PRP, he returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and had multiple big punt returns.
The offensive line has been a weakness for the Purples so far this year. Buchanan was sacked 5 times against PRP, totaling 7 sacks already this year. Considering Buchanan’s poor running abilities, the Tigers have a good chance to rack up a few sacks of their own. The secondary will also need to play well to shut down Hightower and Kenner. The DBs must also be ready to make a play if Tisdale breaks free for a big run. Bowling Green boasts a somewhat strong offense, but it is nothing the Tigers can’t handle.
The anchor of the Bowling Green defense is senior linebacker Justice Dingle. Dingle, a 3-star recruit, is ranked as the #4 overall player in Kentucky for the class of 2018 and is committed to play for Georgia Tech. He leads the team with 20 tackles so far this season and has also accumulated 2 sacks.
Devan Jackson, another linebacker, has also been playing well to start this season. He is just behind Dingle with 17 tackles and leads the team with 2.5 sacks. Jackson also has a fumble recovery on his stat sheet.
Although the Purples have talented players, such as Dingle and Jackson, they have shown early signs of weakness. Last week against PRP, they allowed five touchdowns adding up to 35 points. BG gave up 232 yards on the ground and 179 through the air, totaling 411 yards for the Panthers. St. X will look to emulate this performance with the Metzmeier/Albers rushing attack which may open up the passing game for receivers such as Will Crum and Ben Seger.
Your St. X Tigers will face off against the Bowling Green this Saturday at Noon ET. They will look to avenge the 31-10 loss suffered against BG a year ago. The Purples always play well at home, but the Tigers certainly will not go down without a fight. Get to the game on Saturday!
All stats and info courtesy of purplesfootball.com