Herbstreit Challenge: DeMatha-St.Xavier
St. Xavier's Fred Craig
St. Xavier's Fred Craig
Regional Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 2, 2007


CINCINNATI, OHIO – The Keys to the game were simple for DeMatha, get the ball into the hands of your playmakers Kenny Tate and Rodney McLeod. The touches for this talented duo were few and far between as the Bombers from St. Xavier used an attacking style defense to subdue the Stags by a 28-7 final.

Kenny Tate was expected to shine against St. Xavier, but it’s tough to shine if you don’t touch the rock. Through three quarters Tate had two catches for 20 yards and he had one carry and never really got a chance to showcase his skills.

Rodney McLeod was another key to victory, but again it is tough to shine without the ball. The Virginia commitment caught a few passes in the flats, but never got loose.

Massive junior offensive tackle Pete DeSouza will be a player to watch as the season progresses. He along with senior tackle Sheldon Sellman who should get some looks this year.

Stanford commit Fred Craig is playing safety for the Bombers and really doesn’t have a lot of chances to make as many plays as he did when he was a linebacker, Craig did have one hellacious hit on a DeMatha ball carrier earlier in the game.

Stephon Ball for the second week in a row was used as a decoy more than as a go to receiver, but he was very solid when blocking and he had a highlight reel catch late in the game.

Sophomore offensive tackle Matt James controlled the line of scrimmage for the Bombers and is definitely a prospect worth watching in Cincinnati the next few years.

Darius Ashley the talented running back from St. Xavier did not dress for the Bombers.

Danny Milligan continues to be impressive and not many people outside of Southwest Ohio even know who the versatile player even is. He plays wide receiver, punter, kicker, kick returner and punt return and it’s been rumored that he can even drive the team bus. Ok, maybe not, but the kid is a player.



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