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The Saints in a huddle, preparing their offensive game plan.

The Saints in a huddle, preparing their offensive game plan.

The Saints in a huddle, preparing their offensive game plan.

On August 25th, 2018, the Xavier Prep football team hosted their first home game against Santa Monica High School at 7.p.m. The Saints ran onto the field with confidence having beaten Santa Monica High School last year 34-6. Before coming into the game, the mindset of Coach Dockery and his team was the same as it is for every game, to get the win. This was especially important after a hard-fought loss to Notre Dame (Riverside, California). Coach Dockery stated that he didn’t worry about a specific player on the other team. His main focus was everyone on Xavier’s team doing their job to be successful. After prayer and the singing of the National Anthem, it was all business for the Saints.

Going on a run.

To put the first two points on the board, sophomore Jack Howard received a safety in his team’s end zone which put the Saints in a ‘pleasant flow’ and helped them obtain stops on defense. Shortly after, junior Bradley McClure threw a quick pass to future Division 1 athlete Fabrice Voyne who ran it in for the team’s first touchdown of the season. This play gave the Saints a 9-0 lead. After having a full season of quarterback as a sophomore, McClure stated that he felt “more relaxed in the game with additional experience.” Trevor Anderson ‘juked out’ the Santa Monica defense on a return making a nice highlight before getting stopped in the middle of the field.

The second quarter started with McClure finding Junior wide receiver and kicker Logan Peszko (who would later kick a 47-yard field goal), for another touchdown. Peszko spun the football on the ground for celebration. The Saints dominated the first half and never show

ed any sign of letting up. Voyne had some baffling hits on the defensive side, demonstrating why he is deserving of having the title of being the”best player in the valley”. Playing both sides of the ball is certainly not easy, according to Voyne. But with the help of Coach Dockery and all of the conditioning and training, Voyne built a strong mental game to push through those hard times.

 Xavier Prep never took their foot off the gas and continued their run to a final score of 42-0. Scoring more points than usual, Coach Dockery was satisfied with his defense’s effort. The only problem that concerned him was a false sense of confidence when you win with a score this high. Voyne said that the victory was “A good bounce-back win,” and hopes it translates to the rest of the season, especially for the Desert Empire League. His goals for the team for the remainder of the season is for them to be the best version of themselves, play hard, and reach their full potential.

Moving up the field.

The Xavier Prep football team is off to a good start to their season. Xavier is getting more notoriety due to the hire of ex-NFL player Coach Dockery last season and for the fact that one of their captains, Fabrice Voyne, received multiple Division 1 offers. Will Xavier live up to the hype? Can the culture of Xavier football change enough to achieve their goals? Does Xavier have what it takes this year to make some noise around the valley and make history for Xavier football in general?  Stay tuned and keep an eye out for the Saints in high school football.

 

 

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My name is Justin McWay, and I attend Xavier Prep High School in California. I am taking Publications, and I love the class! I play Varsity Basketball,...

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