Indianapolis Cathedral travels to St. Xavier in meeting of Midwest powers

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Cincinnati St. Xavier Bombers

When Cincinnati St. Xavier plays host to Indianapolis Cathedral Friday
night, the Bombers will see a typical Greater Catholic League South
division team. Despite being in different states, both teams have played each other
over the years in Ohio and Indiana. Friday’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff will be
the first meeting since Sept. 1, 2006 when host St. X won 23-3.


When Cincinnati St. Xavier plays host to Indianapolis Cathedral Friday night, the Bombers will see a typical Greater Catholic League South division team.

“Disciplined, well-coached and they play whistle to whistle,” St. X coach Steve Specht said. “The key to their offense is the junior QB (Kofi Hughes) who can run and throw equally well.”

Despite being in different states, both teams have played each other over the years in Ohio and Indiana. Today’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff will be the first meeting since Sept. 1, 2006 when host St. X won 23-3.

“It should be a great game,” Specht said.

Cathedral (1-1) defeated Canton McKinley 34-13 in the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series at Fawcett Stadium Saturday.

The Fighting Irish have a strong offensive line led by tackle Kyle Koehne, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound player who has offers from Michigan and Michigan State.

Senior RB Kakpindi Jamiru, who is 5-10 and 225 pounds gained over 1,000 yards last season. Senior WR/TE Barry Flynn is also an offensive threat.

Specht said the defense is Cathedral’s strength. The Irish are led by senior DL Ross Walthall, who is 6-4 and 250 pounds.

“They play fast and aren’t out of position very often,” Specht said. “Their 3 linebackers and a strong safety are very impressive.“

The Bombers (1-1) are looking for their second consecutive win this week after they fell to Cincinnati Colerain in the opener. St. X looks to be getting healthier for Week 3.

Junior OL Matt James, a 6-7, 285-pound player, who has missed the first two weeks because of an ankle injury, will be evaluated this week and could return Friday night.

His return will only boost the offensive line. James has offers that include Ohio State, Illinois, Tennessee and Cincinnati

Junior QB Luke Massa (foot) will also be the starter for the second consecutive week Friday night. Massa returned and so did the winning ways for the Bombers Saturday night at the fourth annual Kirk Herbrstreit Varsity Football Series.

“Obviously he makes a difference, especially from an experience and leadership standpoint, but he still has a lot of room for improvement,” Specht said. “His foot feels great, but the rest of his body hurts because we didn’t do a very good job of protecting him. “He took a lot of shots Saturday night.”
The Bombers defeated Prattville (Ala.) 15-10 at Paul Brown Stadium.

Massa, who is 6-4 and 195 pounds and one of the state’s top 2010 prospects, was 13-of-22 passing for 140 yards in the first half. He finished the game 17-of-33 for 173 yards.

The Bombers, rated No. 9 in the ESPN RISE Fab 50 preseason ratings, had to rally after being down 10-6 at halftime.

Senior running back Connor Earley scored a second-half touchdown that gave the Bombers a 12-10 lead. The Bombers added a field goal to seal it. Senior kicker Danny Freudiger made three field goals, including from 30, 31 and 33 yards.

“Danny is simply making the field goals he should make,” Specht said.

For Prattville, rated No. 26 in the ESPN rankings, it was the first regular-season loss since 2002. Prattville has won the Alabama Class 6A title twice.

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