Specht Earns Win No. 100 At St. Xavier


Posted on 11/01/2014 at 11:12am

St. Xavier continued its late-season surge into the Division I state playhoffs Friday night, utilizing an efficient offense and a staunch defease to defeat Louisville St. Xavier, 24-6, at St. Xavier Stadium, earning Bombers’ coach Steve Specht career win No. 100 at the school in the process.  St. Xavier (8-2) will enter the postseason riding a five-game winning streak, and the Bombers’ are likely to maintain the top spot when The Enquirer’s final weekly coaches’ poll is released Monday.

The Bombers were solid in all facets of the game against Louisville St. Xavier (6-4).  Senior tailback Ben Glines rushed 15 times for 142 yards, ripping off a 69-yard scoring run in the first quarter; sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford was solid, completing 8 of 11 passes for 84 yards and a TD; and the Bombers’ defense gave up just 49 yards rushing on 32 attempts and allowed just 3 of 16 third down conversions.  St. Xavier is likely to hold one of the top two spots in Divisuion I, Region 2 when the OHSAA officially announces the playoff parings at 2 Sunday afternoon.

To make the night even more special for Specht, who is 100-33 including two state championships (2005 and 2007) since taking over the Bombers’ program in 2004, his son, Hayden, a junior defensive back, turned his first career interception into a 42-yard return for a TD in the third quarter to give St. Xavier a 17-0 ead.  The Bombers’ defense did the rest, with senior linebacker Cole Jones totaling 11 tackles, senior noseguard Simeon Lane adding six, and senior defensive back David Leisring finishing with five.