High School Sports

At 5-foot-8, Bouvier coming up big for LexCath

Lexington Catholic junior wide receiver David Bouvier (Bo-veer) has had his last name mispronounced by public address announcers all over Central Kentucky.

"Oh, yeah, I've heard them all," he said with a laugh. "Boo-vay, Boov-wah, Boo-vee-ay. It gets butchered quite a bit."

Bouvier doesn't mind, though. When his name is being mangled, he's usually handing the ball to an official after making another catch.

He'll be happy to hear any version of "Bouvier" echoing around Fort Thomas when Lexington Catholic visits defending state champion Highlands in the Class 4A semifinals on Friday night.

If Bouvier wasn't making so many big plays for Lexington Catholic, he might get overlooked. At 5-foot-8, 147 pounds, he's often the smallest player on the field.

He's also one of the biggest play-makers.

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog," Knights Coach Bill Letton said. "David is incredible. He's such a competitor. He's fearless. He just makes plays."

Bouvier has 83 receptions for 1,240 yards and six touchdowns this season. In two years he has 134 catches for 1,976 yards and 13 TDs.

If Bouvier stays healthy, he should break the school records for receptions (159) and receiving yards (2,601) set by Wes Caldwell in 2006.

"Obviously, I couldn't do it without the quarterbacks and the coaching staff having a lot of faith in me and giving me routes that favor me getting the ball," Bouvier said.

In last week's come-from-behind 27-16 win over Boyle County, he had clutch third-down catches on three scoring drives, and a fourth-down reception that helped the Knights run out the clock.

"We knew they were going to him and we still couldn't stop him," Boyle County Coach Larry French said.

Bouvier has great hands. He seems to catch every ball thrown his way, even in heavy traffic.

"I used to play baseball and basketball, too, and I think that cross training helped me have pretty good hands," he said. "I'm always doing hand exercises, too, like squeezing stress balls. I do it so much I get made fun of."

Bouvier also has a great connection with his quarterbacks.

He and Kyle Bolin worked extensively during the off-season to develop their timing together.

When Bolin, who has committed to Louisville, suffered a season-ending knee injury in late September, sophomore Reese Ryan took the controls.

"Kyle's a great football player," Bouvier said. "But we knew Reese was good, too, and could do the job. I played with him in middle school, so we already had a connection."

Bouvier thinks Ryan is capable of leading the Knights to a state title.

"Lexington Catholic won a state championship in 2007 with a sophomore quarterback, Nic Ward, so we know it can be done."

To get a shot at the school's third state title, though, the Knights must beat Highlands. Bouvier and his teammates will use last year's semifinal loss to the Bluebirds as motivation on Friday.

"We remember what it felt like last year when the clock was winding down in the Highlands game," he said. "It hurt to see the seniors, knowing it was their last game.

"None of us want to feel that way again."