St. Xavier Rolls Over Cathedral, 27-0

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By: William Beal

INDIANAPOLIS – Under the lights at Lucas Oil Stadium, the St. Xavier Bombers defense pitched a shutout, defeating the Cathedral Fighting Irish 27-0.

The Bombers were most successful against the run, limiting the Irish to 50 yards on 33 rushing attempts.

The Bombers also won the turnover battle 3-0; forcing five fumbles, recovering two, and getting an interception.

With 1:20 left in the third quarter, senior Rashon Edwards intercepted a tipped pass from Cathedral quarterback Max Bortenschlager, and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown, putting St. Xavier up 13-0.

The play energized the Bombers offense, which only produced seven points through the first three quarters, as they scored 14 in the final quarter to secure the game.

The first play of the fourth quarter was a 74-yard pass by Bombers quarterback Sean Clifford to fellow sophomore Colton Paul for a touchdown.

That was the first touch of the game for Paul, who then took a jet sweep for 34 yards on the next drive to set up the final score of the game, an 11-yard run by Clifford.

Clifford finished the game on 10 of16 passing, for 159 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and a rushing touchdown.

The Irish were rattled from the start of the game, when senior running back Caleb Cross fumbled on the first play from scrimmage.

The Bombers capitalized quickly, when Clifford connected with senior running back Ronnie Fricke for a 12-yard touchdown three plays later.

The Irish suffered from unforced errors as well, fumbling on high snaps three times, however, losing the ball only once.

One of those high snaps led to possibly the most exciting play of the game, when Bortenschlager corralled the loose ball and scrambled to his right, finding sophomore receiver Luke Sanders on the run for a 26-yard gain.

Bortenschlager finished with 131 yards on 11 of 21 passing with no touchdowns and one interception while being sacked five times.

Not to be understated in the game was the work on special teams by the Bombers.

Senior punter Jack Hannan finished with seven punts, averaging 43.1 yards. The longest being a 56-yarder to pin the Irish on their own 6 in the third quarter, setting up the pick six by Edwards two plays later.

Bombers senior linebacker Cole Jones was awarded the player of the game for his defensive contributions.

St. Xavier (0-0, 3-1) will face the Archbishop Mueller Fighting Crusaders (0-0, 4-0) next Friday, while Indianapolis Cathedral (1-0, 1-3) will face the Trinity Shamrocks (0-0, 3-2) on the same day.

St. Xavier Bombers 27, Cathedral Fighting Irish 0

St. Xavier        7          0          6          14        —         27

Cathedral         0          0          0          0         —         0

1Q

  1. XAVIER – Fricke 7 pass from Clifford (Homan kick), 10:22.

3Q

  1. XAVIER – Edwards 22 interception (Kick failed), 1:23.

4Q

  1. XAVIER – Paul 74 pass from Clifford (Homan kick), 11:50.
  2. XAVIER – Clifford 11 run (Homan kick), 8:47.

Team Statistics                               St. Xavier                   Cathedral

First downs                                              6                                  10

Rushes-Yards                                      34-109                         33-50

Passing yards                                      159                              147

Passing Comp-Att-Int                        10-16-0                       13-23-1

Punts-avg                                            7-43.1                          7-37.7

Fumbles-Lost                                      0-0                               5-2

Penalties-Yards                                   6-49                             2-10

Individual Statistics

RUSHING: St. Xavier – Glines 16-33, Fricke 8-20; Cathedral – Cross 15-35

PASSING: St. Xavier – Clifford 10-16-0-159; Cathedral – Bortenschlager 11-21-1-131

RECEIVING: St. Xavier – Fricke 2-27, Paul 1-74; Cathedral – Whigham 5-40, Dotson 1-44

Ben Davis rolls past Wildcats

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By Matthew VanTryon / Sept. 27

Kyle Castner secured his place among Ben Davis football legends on Friday night as the Giants crushed Lawrence North 56-6 to celebrate Homecoming.

With 295 yards passing against the Wildcats, Castner now has a school-record 5,307 career yards and is 218 yards away from the season passing record of 2,052 yards set by Matt Brock in 2011.

“It’s a blessing to be here, third year starting,” Castner said. “To be up with those guys is unbelievable. I couldn’t be happier with guys around me and my coaches.”

Castner surpassed Brock in 18 fewer games — Brock finished his career with 44 games played. Castner has played 26.

Castner ran an offensive clinic in the first half. The Giants scored touchdowns on each of their six possessions.

Dorian Tate began the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown run on the first play from the line of scrimmage. Castner found Chris Evans on a 75-yard strike on the opening play of the next drive.

Tate found the end zone again on the ground before the quarter came to a close.

Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner praised Castner’s leadership and his team’s efficiency

“He came out and took control early, he made some nice plays, and receivers did a nice job of catching the ball,” he said.

The Giants continued to roll in the second quarter.

Evans found the end zone on two consecutive plays for the Giants midway through the second quarter. He wrapped up a nine-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown run, and began the next drive with a 43-yard dash.

Ben Davis went into the half with a commanding 42-0 lead.

Castner finished the half 10 of 14 with 214 passing yards.

Ben Davis picked up the second half where it left off. Stori Emerson scored on a 29-yard pass reception to start the quarter, and added a 19-yard reception a drive later.

Ben Davis used the remainder of the game to get a look at a fresh group of players. Kirschner was pleased with what he saw.

“It’s what you hope for a few times a season, to get your young guys varsity experience on a Friday night,” he said. “Those same guys have got to be your varsity players next year on a Friday night. You get a game or two like this during the season, it only helps you down the road.”

Lawrence North got on the board with a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Giants travel to Carmel next Friday night. The Greyhounds are undefeated and sit atop the 6A rankings with the Giants.

Castner said beating Carmel starts Saturday at practice.

“We’ve got to have a great week of practice,” he said. “We’ve got to come out strong like we did today, we’ve got to play fast. We can’t stoop down to their level.”

 

 

Have media, fans, courts been hasty on Panthers’ Greg Hardy amid spate of domestic violence cases?

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By Ryan Love

Sunday rituals are a little bit different this year for Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy.

No more are the days of putting on intimidating war paint and colored contacts. No more are the days of creeping onto the field at Bank of America Stadium and putting his sack celebrations into effect. Instead, he finds himself in the discomfort of his home, cowering from the media and fans calling for his head on a platter.

Hardy was arrested in May 2014 and charged with assault on a female and communication threats. He is currently on the exempt commissioner’s list, taking a leave of absence with pay from the NFL while his legal issues become resolved. His court date is scheduled for Nov. 17.

The domestic dispute, ignited by an argument involving Hardy’s concern with his then girlfriend Nicole Holder’s previous relationship with rapper Nelly, has all of the makings of being a career-killer for Hardy. But the full story has yet to be told, and the Panthers are committed to following due process in order to make a final decision on Hardy.

The decision to put Hardy on the commissioner’s exempt list is particularly troubling for the Panthers, as they put the franchise tag on Hardy, who will be making $13.1 million over the next year, whether he plays or not. A self-described monster on the field, “The Kraken” has had 26 sacks in the past two seasons, good for fifth in the NFL over that span. He quickly emerged as one of the NFL’s top young defensive linemen, making the Pro Bowl for the first time last season.

But all of that came to a screeching halt.

It didn’t come to a halt on May 13 when he was arrested for assault on a female and communicating threats.

It didn’t come to a halt on July 15 when he was found guilty of assault on a female and communicating threats by a Mecklenberg County, N.C., judge.

It came to a halt on Sept. 8 when TMZ released a video of Ray Rice punching now-wife Janay Palmer in an elevator, knocking her out, and dragging her out of the elevator. This, followed the next day by the announcement of Adrian Peterson’s child abuse accusations, began to raise questions about the “The Kraken.”

“Why is Greg Hardy still playing?” they asked.

“What is the difference between Ray Rice and Greg Hardy?” they asked.

Did the media simply overlook the Greg Hardy case? Did he not have enough star power behind his name to make the story?

The media has only told part of the story. Whenever the term “domestic violence” is used, it is almost as if red paint is splashed over the suspect’s reputation, never to be washed away. Their reputation becomes tarnished forever.

Things looked particularly gloomy for Hardy when the media began reporting the domestic violence charge. Headlined was the account of Holder, who stated in a police report that Hardy threw her into a bathtub, pulled her by her hair, choked her with both hands around her throat and told her that he was going to kill her. She also states that he picked her up over his head and threw her into a couch laced with assault rifles before she could run away to a nearby hospital.

Lost in the media’s reports is the 9-1-1 call made by Hardy, who makes the call while Holder is still in his apartment. She can be heard screaming at him while Hardy is on the phone, stating that the woman was attacking him. He states that she is blocking the door and “will not stop coming at me.” He also states that she hit him in the face twice and he and his manager (Sammy Curtis) was simply trying to restrain the woman.

Holder admitted in court to being under the influence of alcohol and having cocaine in her system at the time of the incident. She also did not appear in court for her request for a restraining order. Her attorney, Stephen Goodwin, withdrew from the case shortly before it began due to “irreconcilable differences.”

A key witness in the case was Holder’s friend Christina Lawrence, who testified that there were only a few weapons in Hardy’s apartment; two guns against the window and a few on the bar.

Needless to say, Holder’s account of the story has its holes. While a court of law should ultimately pass judgment on whose version of the case is most credible, the least the media should do – including here in this venue – is portray all aspects of the story fully, fairly, and accurately.

So far, the media – for the most part – has dropped the ball in this regard. Due to the overwhelmingly lopsided media coverage of the charges, Hardy quickly became victim to the pitfall of public opinion. Despite already being found guilty by Judge Rebecca Thorn-Tin, North Carolina law states that Hardy has the right to appeal to a jury trial before being convicted of anything.

The NFL and Carolina Panthers acted far too soon on this issue. While public relations practices should be praised for putting the fire out before it spread, it lays the groundwork for the NFL that due process will not be followed whenever legal matters come to surface.

Hardy has never had the reputation of the NFL’s “good guy.” His weekly war paint and colored contacts make him look like a barbarian straight out of a horror movie. Fox Sports even did a feature on Hardy in December 2013, explaining his nickname of the Kraken and detailing his aggressive nature to the tune of the theme song from horror movie franchise, “Saw.”

In the feature, Hardy describes himself as a monster. He explains that you cannot separate real life from football and that it’s “a whole ‘nother swag.”

“When the Kraken comes out, whatever happens happens. You’re stuck with it,” Hardy said.

“It’s not my fault. If you’re in my way, I’m going to remove you. If you have an attitude, I’m going to kill it. I’ve been this guy my whole life and it’s finally able to come out and be its own monster.”

“It’s get killed or do the killing.”

Unfortunately for Hardy, it appears as though the media overload of domestic violence this year may have prematurely killed his NFL career.