St. Xavier Dominates in DI Championship Game Win

The 2020 Ohio High School football season will go down as one to remember as coaches, players, and fans sacrificed to keep games going as Covid continued to spread across the world.

For the St. Xavier Bombers, it will be remembered as a state championship year as the Bombers dominated No. 1 ranked Pickerington Central in the Division One championship game 44-3.

The Bombers won all phases of the game to claim their fourth state championship, having also won in 2005, 2007, and 2016 under head coach Steve Specht.

On offense, junior quarterback Brogan McCaughey finished 25-of-39 for 291 yards and four touchdowns behind an offensive line led by juniors Cameron Collins and Brian Parker that didn’t give up a sack against a Pickerington Central defensive front filled with college-bound players. McCaughey also rushed for a score. However, his main target was senior receiver Jalen Patterson who scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and would finish the game with five receptions for 105 yards.

Senior Gabriel Dubois would ad a touchdown to go with a combined 102 yards on kickoff and punt returns on special teams.

The Bombers have been one of the top defensive units all season, and they came ready to play as Grant Lyons and Matthew Devine led the defense in tackles and Lyons’ adding a safety. How dominating was the Bombers defense? When the game ended, Pickerington Central had posted 76 total yards of offense and one field goal, with 37 yards coming in a Tigers fourth-quarter drive with back-ups playing for both teams.

St. Xavier finishes the season with a 10-2 record, a state championship, and a Greater Catholic League South title.

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