The Best of the Bluegrass at St. X on Sunday
The cold winter weather is closing in and the full rush of the holidays is upon us. For most, the high school football season has come and gone except for a select few seniors. The Best of the Bluegrass brings some of the Kentucky’s best football talent here to Saint Xavier High School this Sunday Dec. 11 at 2pm.
While players like University of Louisville commits Joe Manley and Hunter Bowles know where they will be playing at next fall, for many this may be the last opportunity for some local stars get to showcase their talents like an Alex Mattingly or Kiante Northington.
Butler’s Kiante Northington is a very impressive receiver but flew under the radar a bit with James Quick getting most of the notoriety in the state at the wide position. Quick’s limelight is well deserved but Northington possesses a lot of the same attributes. Northington is a speedy elusive wide out with 4.5 speed that can make people miss and good hands to make some difficult catches. He is the kind of player you hold your breath everytime he touches the ball because it has a chance of going the distance.
He led the Bears to the 6A semifinals before falling to the eventual champ Trinity. He scored touchdowns in about every way you can this year with 9 receiving, 2 rushing, 1 passing, and a 1 return. It is not that he is a heck of a receiver but the kid creates plays on defense as well. The knock on him may be his size at 5’9” 160lbs to be the know prototypical receiver. “Size is not everything, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” said Northington describing the toughness he plays with. His highlight reel speaks for itself of what he brings to a team, Northington is a complete football player.
For those out there that haven’t seen Alex Mattingly, he personifies leadership from the quarterback position. “He’s a great leader, the guys rally around him. When he goes into the huddle he is in complete control,” said St. X head coach Mike Glaser of his quarteback. He added “ he can play at the next level. Alex has a great arm and a very quick release. He is very mobile and can be moved in the pocket.”
Mattingly led the St. Xavier Tigers to a 8-5 season against some serious top ranked competition, including two match ups against nationally top ranked Trinity and a total of 5 games against team who were ranked in Rivals.com top 100 schools. He also led the Tigers to a 7-3 win over a one time top twenty ranked St. Xavier Bombers of Cincinnati.
The two are getting some looks from local schools like Murray State and smaller schools. Northington is also getting a look at from the Air Force Academy but no one has offered a scholarship yet.
The Best of the Bluegrass will give them and many others in similar positions, a chance to showcase their talents. It also gives local fans a chance to see some of the local commits before next fall and coaches a chance to see them all in person now that the college season is in a lull before bowl season gets underway.