October 2, 2011

Thomas, St. Ignatius win battle of future Bucks

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For the second time this season, Blake Thomas and his St. Ignatius teammates defeated an opponent that featured a future Buckeye as St. Ignatius rolled past Glenville, 24-6, on Saturday night. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end was most effective in the run game where he helped open holes for running back Tim McVey on a cold and windy night that saw very little passing. With the big win, Thomas and St. Ignatius move to 5-1 on the season.

"We're really excited," Thomas said. "I think we really found out how good we are this game. I think we can be state competitors. We're excited to get on to the next one and play St. Xavier and St. Ed's."

St. Ignatius has one of the toughest finishing schedules in Ohio with games against Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep, Cincinnati St. Xavier, and Lakewood St. Edward down the stretch. With that in mind, Thomas and company knew this was pretty much a must win game in terms of playoff aspirations.

"We really had to get this one and we came out here knowing that," he said. "I think we really came out in the second half and drove it to them a couple of times and that's when we knew that we were going to come out with the win."

If there was one thorn in St. Ignatius' side, it was in the form of Glenville's De'van Bogard. Bogard and Thomas will be teammates next fall but on Saturday night Thomas and the St. Ignatius offensive line had their hands full trying to block the big-time athlete. Bogard made over a dozen tackles and was a regular in the St. Ignatius backfield.

"He's good," Thomas explained. "He's strong and he was all over the field. He was definitely the biggest problem that we had. We had a tough time handling on him on defense for a while but we took care of it. He was definitely the best player out there on defense and he did a good job."

Moving forward, Thomas says the Wildcats just need to continue to execute and play fundamentally sound football if they want to reach their goal of a state championship.

"We just need to come out and we need to execute and have no turnovers," he said. "We have to score when we're in scoring position like we did tonight and I think that was what really put us over the edge."


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