Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Showdown in Kentucky: St. Xavier/Trinity

by Jeff Fisher
The High School Football Huddle

It's not often that a 2-3 football team can be ranked #2 in the state, but that's the case with Trinity, which is getting ready for Friday night annual grudge match against cross-town rival St. Xavier, which is the top team in the Courier-Journal Litkenhous High School Football Rankings.

This isn't the oldest or longest rivalry in the country, but it definitely can be classified as one of the most passionate. Over 30,000-plus will show-up at Papa John's Stadium Friday night. The rivalry began in 1956 and coming into this year's game, St. X leads the series 32-31-2.

This decade has seen these two usually battle twice during the season...with the second game coming in the state championship game.

Below you'll find highlights from last year's regular season match-up. St. X won that game 30-6. However, Trinity turned the tables in the 2008 6-A title game with 34-28 overtime win that game the Shamrocks their 18th state high school football title.

2008 St. X/Trinity Regular Season Highlights

Courier-Journal Litkenhous High School Football Rankings
Top 20

1. St. Xavier (4-1)
2. Trinity (2-3)
3. Highlands (6-0)
4. Simon Kenton (4-1)
5. Bowling Green (5-1)
6. Manual (2-4)
7. Henry Clay (4-1)
8. Ryle (4-1)
9. Fern Creek (4-1)
10. Boyle County (5-0)
11. Scott County (4-1)
12. John Hardin (5-0)
13. Ballard (4-2)
14. Owensboro (4-1)
15. Bell County (4-1)
16. Male (4-2)
17. Fort Campbell (6-0)
18. Butler (5-0)
19. Shelby County (4-1)
20. Bryan Station (5-0)

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