Since the first game in 1956, this has been one of the biggest games, not just in high school sports, but in all athletics in the city of Louisville, and is considered to be the biggest high school football rivalry in Kentucky. The game is held annually in Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium, only being played at the schools two times (most recently in 2020 due to Covid-19). These bitter rivals are powerhouses in Kentucky’s class 6A and are consistently ranked nationally. The Trinity Shamrocks have won 27 state championships, most recently going back-to-back in 2019-2020; meanwhile, the St. X Tigers have won 15 state championships, including last season, 2021, where they finished the year 14-1. Last year’s game saw the Tigers beat the Shamrocks for the first time since 2018, thanks to a late-game touchdown, with a final score of 35-28. This season will mark the 88th time that the two teams have met, as Trinity looks to bounce back from a disappointing year in 2021, and St. X looks to build on last season’s dominance.
The defense showed up tonight in the 1st quarter of this Kentucky rivalry. A field goal in the 2nd put the first three points on the board for Trinity. The Tigers capitalized after 3 strong plays and took the lead 7-3 with just over 2 minutes left in the first half. At the Tiger’s 11 yd line, Trinity secured another field goal, sending the game into halftime with a close score of 7-6. At the end of the 3rd, the Rocks were up 8-7, but the Tigers struck deep with a TD to take the lead, after a failed 2-point conversion, St. Xavier led the game 13-8 with 9 minutes left in the game. On 4th and 14 on their own 18, St. Xavier holds the Rocks and takes over on downs with three and half minutes left in the game. After draining the clock of the last few minutes, the Tigers kept the rivalry trophy at home in 2022 with a final score of 13-8.