Written by Ken Karrson
Cougars’ kids play pivotal roles in win over Eagles
This winning is kid stuff.
No one within the St. Xavier University football program actually takes success for granted, but most of the Cougars’ achievements over the past decade have been realized through the efforts of seasoned performers. Rarely during that span has SXU had to rely heavily on contributions from younger athletes.
That’s not the case in 2013, however, especially on the offensive side, where nine redshirt or true freshmen have already logged significant playing time. Understandably, that’s resulted in a few hiccups — against NCAA Division II power University of Indianapolis, for example, the Cougars were guilty of five turnovers.
And even in Saturday night’s Mid-States Football Association crossover game with Robert Morris University, SXU’s offense was less than dynamic through the opening half. The Cougars carried a 17-10 lead with them into intermission, but they needed a trick play to grab that advantage just before the break.
In addition, a fumble deep in SXU territory had given the Eagles their touchdown.
“They’re getting an opportunity [to play] earlier than they would have in other years,” Cougars coach Mike Feminis said of his younger guys, “and we know there’s going to be mistakes made. But we’re not using their age as an excuse.