The Trinity Shamrocks, one of the top rated teams in the state, defeated the St Xavier Tigers on Friday night in front of more than 28,000 Rivalry fans. The rivalry between the two catholic schools is one of the best in the country and the series record can’t get much closer with Trinity holding a slight two game lead over St Xavier, 41-36-2. For those present, many of whom reside in and around Louisville, Kentucky it is an anticipated battle every year. After 4 years of rainy weather for the annual match-up, the clouds cleared and fans returned in droves as Trinity High School faced off against rival St. Xavier, on Friday September 30th at the Papa Johns Stadium !


Spencer Blackburn


Zach Dedas

St. Xavier (KY)

Zach is a four year member of the Tigers Football team and has been a member of the United States Champion Powerlifting team during his first 3 years. His 5.06 GPA and history difficult high level classes has earned him a well-deserved spot in the national Honors Society. Zach is the president of the of the Saint X Ryken Service Club, serves as a volunteer with the Molly Johnson Foundation and is a member of the Heuser Hearing Institute Teen Board.
Barron Hoffman


As a student ambassador, ranked 8th in his class, Barron is exceptional both on and off the field. He is a 4 time varsity letterman and has a 4.0 GPA. He has made the principals list 6 times, received multiple Shamrock Awards and does a great deal of volunteer work with Dare to Care and St. Vincent DePaul. Barron plans to continue his football career in college and hopes to study medicine.


The Tigers didn’t miss a beat Friday night . MVP quarter back Spencer Blackburn stepped up and put on a show with running back Roderick Thomas. The duo landed the team some unbeatable numbers, racking up 287 yards on the ground and just shy of 6 yards per carry against a previously formidable St. Xavier defense. The Shamrocks rolled to a 35-13 victory in front of 28,000+ fans at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. “It’s called blocking,” Trinity coach Bob Beatty said. “And then (St. X) was so worried about putting people in the box, we were able to throw the ball with efficiency and success.” Blackburn went on to gain 115 yards over the night and a touchdown on 16 carries and completed 15 of 21 passes for 101 yards and two scores. Senior Roderick Thomas carried 26 times for 151 yards and two scores.