Flashback: St. Xavier vs. Trinity

Tiger Football vs. Trinity

“I can remember going up there last year and almost fighting at the coin toss so they dont like us and we dont like them. Its going to be a heck of a game.” – DeAngelo Hall

The St. X Football Tigers got their feet back under them last week with a 46-6 trouncing of Central. The Tigers plan to carry all of the positives from that game into a packed Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Friday as they finally get to square off with longtime archrival Trinity. Both teams present 4-2 records with the combined four losses coming to excellent football teams, three of which were out-of-state opponents. We all know that the pregame hype is big, but for all the players and coaches, nothing matters besides earning that illustrious “W” on the biggest stage in the regular season.

LAST MATCHUP

Last year, Trinity defeated St. X by a final score of 29-17. The final score is a bit misleading as the game was an intense battle that went back and forth until the final quarter. A lot of current players for the Tigers logged meaningful minutes in last year’s clash, including then sophomore Ethan Adams who had a breakout performance with 4 solo tackles and a sack of Trinity quarterback Reggie Bonnafon who is now the starting quarterback for the University of Louisville.

The main difference in the game was the passing game. The Tigers were outgained by 117 yards through the air (205 to 88) and quarterback BJ Nagle threw two costly interceptions. Former Tiger running back Austin Davis filled in admirably for injured backs Charles Walker and Treyveon Percell, gaining 109 yards and a touchdown.

In the end, the Rocks’ offensive attack was too much for the Tigers and they ran away with the game in the second half.

SERIES OVERVIEW

Overall Series Record: Trinity leads 37-36-2

2013- St. Xavier 17 Trinity 29
2012- St. Xavier 7  Trinity 34   (State Quarterfinal: St. Xavier 14 Trinity 15)
2011- St. Xavier 6   Trinity 41   (State Quarterfinal: St. Xavier 6   Trinity 42)
2010 St. Xavier 0   Trinity 48   (State Quarterfinal: St. Xavier 7 Trinity 35)
2009 St. Xavier 32  Trinity 7    (State Championship: St. Xavier 34 Trinity 10)
2008 St. Xavier 30  Trinity 6   (State Championship: St. Xavier 21 Trinity 28)
2007 St. Xavier 24 Trinity  15  (State Championship: St. Xavier 28 Trinity 34)
2006 St. Xavier 0 Trinity 10
2005 St. Xavier 48 Trinity 16   (State Championship: St. Xavier 6 Trinity 14)
2004 St. Xavier 36 Trinity 18
2003 St. Xavier 6 Trinity 17      (State Championship: St. Xavier 14 Trinity 17)

ALL-TIME GREATS

Victor Anderson (St. Xavier 2003-2007)-  St. Xavier’s all-time leading rusher and scorer with 4,008 yards and 75 touchdowns. During his time here he led St. X to a 37-4 record. Anderson had monster junior and senior seasons as he rushed for 1,576 yards and 27 touchdowns and 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns, respectively. Anderson went on to play for the Louisville Cardinals and as a freshman was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2008. Injuries plagued Anderson during his time at Louisville but he still managed to perform on a consistent basis under coaches Steve Kragthorpe and Charlie Strong. He will forever be remembered as a St. X legend.

Deuce Finch (St. Xavier 2004-2008) – Named Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year and Kentucky’s Mr. Football in 2008.  Finch was a first-team All-State player his final two seasons and ran for 1,397 yards and 30 TDs as a senior.  Finch rushed for 1,557 yards and 15 scores as a junior and led St. Xavier to a 26-2 mark his last two years.

Charles Walker (St. Xavier 2010-2014)- Walker followed in the footsteps of the two aforementioned St. X legends during his time as a Tiger. A starter at running back all four years, Walker totaled 22 touchdowns and 1,760 yards rushing in his junior and senior seasons (note: he only played in 17 of 20 possible games). He shined when given the opportunity, but was plagued by injuries in what always seemed like the biggest games during his illustrious career. Nonetheless, Walker was the heart and soul of the Tiger Offense for three years in a row and was the main proponent of team success. Following his senior year, he was heavily recruited by Vanderbilt, Penn State and Kentucky. He signed with Kentucky in the spring of 2014 and was a preferred walk-on as a wide receiver for the 2014-2015 season. It is only a matter of time before we will hear news of Walker lighting up opponents the same way he did during his time at St. X.

Brian Brohm (1999-2003)- Brohm comes from a very famous Louisville football family. His father Oscar and brothers Jeff and Greg all played at the University of Louisville. His cousin and former Tiger Luke Brohm is currently a fullback for the Cards. Brohm led the Shamrocks to three consecutive KHSAA 6A State Championships and was selected as Kentucky’s Mr. Football in 2003. Like his father and brothers, Brohm chose Louisville over Notre Dame, Tennessee, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Purdue, and Illinois after his senior year. He was a three year starter for the Cards and led them to a BCS victory in the 2007 Orange Bowl where he was named MVP. Controversially, Brohm chose to return for his senior year following the victory and subsequent departure of coach Bobby Petrino. The team went 6-6 and Brohm’s draft stock fell immensely. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and spent time with the Buffalo Bills, Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats before joining the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2014.

James Quick (Trinity 2009-2013)- Quick was highly coveted talent before he even enrolled at Trinity and was a four year varsity player (three year starter) at wide receiver. As a senior, Quick totaled 85 catches for 1,413 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was selected as Kentucky’s Mr. Football in 2012. He helped lead Trinity to three straight KHSAA 6A State Championships from 2009-2012, and following his senior season, was named a US Army All-American. Quick also excelled at basketball and track while at Trinity. He is the all-time leading receiver in the state of Kentucky with 280 career receptions. He received offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, West Virginia, Ohio State, Oregon and Tennessee. Ultimately, Quick chose the Cardinals and now plays under head coach Bobby Petrino.

TRENDS/PREDICTION

One of the most widely attended high school games each year, the St. X-Trinity rivalry never disappoints. Even if the score is lopsided, the passion and emotion that each team plays with cannot be matched and it provides an excellent football atmosphere. The Tigers will be trying to snap a seven-game losing streak (including the playoffs) against the Rocks on Friday night.

The main reason for the Rocks’ recent success in the rivalry has been the power of its offense. This year will be different, however, as the Tigers boast a very stingy defense. Through the first six games of the season, the defense has only allowed 10.5 points per game. The best performances came when they held a high-powered Bowling Green offense to a mere 6 points, and minus a few garbage-time touchdowns, a potent Moeller offense scored only 12 points off 4 field goals. So far this season, Trinity has played supreme talent from all across the country, and is currently averaging an even 33 points per game en route to a four game win streak.

In a matchup of two juggernauts the game will all come down to the counterparts of each team’s strength. Look for the Tiger offense to come in motivated and confident. It wasn’t too long ago that this same group of Tigers defeated Trinity. The Trinity defense is no slouch either and will surely be ready when the lights come on at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

When the Tigers and the Rocks suit up, all records, all history and all trash talking is thrown out the window and football is played. The only thing that matters is representing your school and playing with pride and passion, and I can assure you that that’s what the Tigers will do. There is no better opponent on the Tigers’ schedule than Trinity and there is no better time to face them than now. A midseason matchup with huge implications is what we have here.  I have the Tigers snapping the losing streak against their longtime foe on Friday night in a thriller. My prediction St. X 24 Trinity 16. We are one day away from game day, Tiger Nation. Get Ready.

Go St. X, Beat the Weeds!

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About Evan Heichelbech

Game Production Correspondent and Basketball Beat Writer for WSTX Sports.

Posted on October 2, 2014, in Tiger Football and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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