College Football: St. Xavier puts end to losing streak
By Josh krockey For Sun-Times Media October 19, 2013 9:00PM
Updated: October 19, 2013 10:59PM
Needing a win in the worst way, St. Xavier rose to the occasion.
Behind the stellar play of quarterback Joe Gill, the Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating host Waldorf College (Iowa) 37-21 on Saturday.
The victory improved St. Xavier to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League. Waldorf fell to 1-6, 0-2.
“I told the guys that our playoffs start today,” St. Xavier coach Mike Feminis said. “We’ve got one down and four to go. William Penn (Iowa) is our next playoff game. We lose and we’re out of playoff contention.
“Every game is do or die for us, basically.”
Gill was at the forefront of the Cougars’ rejuvenation, completing 33-of-51 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
He set the tone by connecting with Austin Feeney on a 23-yard scoring strike less than two minutes into the game. Gill then connected with Nick DeBenedetti on a pair of TD passes — including a 60-yarder — later in the opening quarter as St Xavier built a 27-7 lead.
“I thought Joe played very well,” Feminis said. “They pretty much decided after the first quarter they were going to blitz us all day. We threw a lot of hot patterns they weren’t able to cover.”
Feeney added his second TD on an 11-yard reception late in the third quarter that extended the Cougars’ advantage to 37-14.
Joshua Hunter was St. Xavier’s leading rusher with 79 yards on 19 carries. He contributed a 1-yard scoring plunge as the Cougars racked up 31 first downs and 539 yards in total offense.