The stage is set for the highly anticipated clash between the Trinity Shamrocks and the St. Xavier Tigers in what is undoubtedly Kentucky’s biggest high school football rivalry. As part of the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, this game, with a rich history dating back to 1956, will ignite Papa John’s Stadium on September 22nd, 2023.

Trinity, holding a slim lead of 48-40-2 in the all-time series, will be looking to extend the lead over their arch-rivals. However, the Tigers will be fueled by their determination to level the playing field of this historic match-up.

The crowd size for this game is expected to be immense, with the series’ all-time attendance record set at 38,872 fans back in 2008 when St. Xavier emerged victorious with a commanding 30-6 win. The loyal fans of both teams will surely create an exhilarating atmosphere for this years showdown.

Rick Ford, founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, commented, “As we celebrate the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, the Trinity vs. St. Xavier rivalry showcases the passion that the state of Kentucky has for top tier high school football.”

Last year’s game saw St. Xavier emerge triumphant as they seized the lead with over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The memory of that defeat will undoubtedly serve as motivation for Trinity as they seek redemption and aim to reclaim their winning ways.

The Trinity vs. St. Xavier showdown will be packed with thrilling plays, fierce competition, and a battle for glory. Kentucky’s biggest high school football rivalry is about to unfold, and we can’t wait to witness this electric atmosphere of excitement.

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Zane Johnson


Caden Smith


On the field, Caden plays on the Shamrock’s Offensive Line. Off the field, he has been in the advanced program all four years at Trinity where he holds a 5.62 GPA. He has received the Michigan Book award, the AP Scholar with Distinction award, and all three Shamrock awards. Caden is also a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Ski Club, and Culinary Club. After high school, he plans to study engineering in college.
Hamilton Atkins

St. Xavier

On the field, Hamilton plays on the Tiger’s Offensive Line. Last season, he was named to the All-State Academic First Team. Off the field, Hamilton is a part of the National Honors Society and National Honors Spanish Society. He is a member of the Spanish Club, the Animal Conservation Club, and is a part of the leadership team for the Ryken Service Club. After high school, he plans to play college football and study pre-med.


In the annual highly anticipated clash between the Rocks and the Tigers, Trinity started off the game with a screen pass to the house following a botched punt to put the first points on the board, 7-0. Trinity with another stop, takes a handoff and runs it 30 yards to the endzone! Shamrocks turned defense into offense early out to a 14-0 lead in the 1st Q. The St X offense wasn’t going to be outdone, and they matched down the field and pinch it in on a QB tightening the game, 14-7. X gets the ball back on 4th down but has to settle for a field goal. 14-10 halfway through the 2nd. Trinity makes QUICK work and score in just THREE PLAYS! A huge run capped off with a hard fought passing touchdown increased the Rocks’ lead 21-10. St X goes for it on 4th but gets stopped by Trinity. After a huge interception in the 3rd, Trinity landed a passing TD 35-10. The Rocks continued to pour it on, forcing a 4 and out, scoring again on a long pass play 42-10. Trinity got the ball back running a long drive that ending in a field goal, bringing the final score to 45-10.