Louisville, KY: Sept. 24, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the Louisville Catholic School rivalry game between the nationally ranked Trinity Shamrocks (#51 in Dallas Jackson’s HSFB100 and 2011 National Champions) and the St. Xavier Tigers in the Series’ seventh weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and is played on Friday, October 2 at the University of Louisville’s Papa John’s Stadium and typically draws the biggest crowds of any high school event in the country. Featuring some of the longest running rivalries in high school football, the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series will feature 100 showdowns nationwide. All of these great games come with great football, hard earned sweat and a heavy dose of hometown pride.
For the 12th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top-notch rivalries across the country, covering 40 states and over 100 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles excite entire communities, while celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans. We Know Friday NightsTM
This rivalry got its start in 1956 and the game is so ingrained in the city’s Catholic culture that families schedule events to not conflict with the game. This game is promoted by the schools as the most-attended annual regular-season high school football game in the country, typically drawing over 35,000 fans. The two all-male schools of about 1,400 students each dominate state football. Trinity has won 23 state titles; St. X claims 13, including the 1955 and ’56 poll crowns before the Kentucky High School Athletic Association implemented playoffs. Trinity leads the series 38-37-2. Going into the 2014 game, Trinity had won 7 times in a row, but the Tigers downed them 35-21 to break that streak.
The winning team will take home the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Marines. The game’s Most Valuable Player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the Series. Along with these awards, an alumnus from each school will be inducted into the 12th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.
You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter (@AmericanRivalry), Facebook, YouTube and Instagram accounts. Previews and past results will be posted throughout the season with details of the teams and the history of the rivalries, and after the game. Fans can relive the excitement with photo galleries and game recaps.
Fans can add to the intensity of the rivalry via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using #GreatAmericanRivalry. The Rivalry can also be found on Pinterest (AmericanRivalry) and YouTube. Fan photos posted with this hashtag may be featured on the Great American Rivalry Series website’s new Fan Photo Gallery, Pinterest Page and promoted via our other social media outlets.