Gameday Central | Tiger Football vs. Trinity
Friday, November 21 | 7:30 PM | Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (8-4) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (7-5)
Friday, November 21st
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Third Round
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
Another round of St. Xavier vs. Trinity: Playoff Edition is here once again. We’ll point you in the direction of Louisville Catholic Sports if you would like to read up on the past 16 meetings between the Tigers and Shamrocks in postseason war, but we’ll try not to talk about the past five years’ outcomes. The last meeting between the two teams when it mattered the most, the Tigers fell by one point to the Shamrocks in a battle for the decade that resulted in an extremely tough loss and the end of the Mike Glaser Era.
Better times are upon us as we enter this game as the regular season winner, the first time that this has happened since 2009. What else happened in 2009, oh yeah… we beat them in the rematch during postseason play. We’re not going to go comparing the 2009 team to this one because that was a great collection of both talent and strength, but this year’s team has their own special magic to them. They have battled through a lot of adversity and overcame the lack of respect that was shown to them heading into the season. This is a group with great senior leadership that has dictated how they play all year long.
Let’s remind everyone right here, right now that this will indeed be a FOUR QUARTER game. In the regular season matchup, St. Xavier jumped out to a huge lead in the early going and stood tough as Trinity began to fight their way back into it. That was an extremely impressive start by the Tiger offense led by Noah Houk. Duplicating that first half performance will be key in whether or not the Tigers advance to the state semifinals. Speaking of that… raise your hand if you will find a more intriguing third round game of any state tournament across the country. We’re not sure if other states complain and force the two best teams to meet two weeks before the title game, but we do know that this will be an instant classic tonight at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
If you are worried about the weather, don’t be. You will have 314 days to recover between now and the next St. Xavier vs. Trinity football game if you happen to get sick while cheering on your favorite team tonight. Dress appropriately for the mid-thirty degree weather and invest in some hot chocolate at the concession stand in between quarters and you will be just fine! As for anything else that could be on your agenda for the night… it is not as important as the game. Few exceptions meet that criteria. Questions? See Coach Johnson.
The magic and energy surrounding a win-or-go-home style game is something that cannot be explained and you just have to see it to believe it. That can not be any more true especially in the case of a Tiger/Rock showdown under the bright lights of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Members of Tiger Nation, bring your A game tonight and get inside the stadium early so that you can welcome the team to the field to a big Green and Gold welcome. Grab your Future Tigers from underneath the stands and make them sit down and watch what they will be a part of in just a few short years. There is nothing else like it and they will remember it for the rest of their lives. We think tomorrow night… everyone will remember for a long time, especially the men who will run out onto that artificial turf with the X’s on their helmet. They are ready for war and so is Tiger Nation.
Let’s Do This.
2014 St. Xavier Team Stats
Total offense/game: 247.7
Rushing yards/game: 143.7
Passing yards/game: 104
Points allowed/game: 13.3
Total yards allowed/game: 249.7
Rush yards allowed/game: 105.1
Pass yards allowed/game: 144.6
2014 Trinity Team Stats
Total offense/game: 318.8
Rushing yards/game: 136.3
Passing yards/game: 182.5
Points allowed/game: 20.25
Total yards allowed/game: 284.7
Rush yards allowed/game: 96.4
Pass yards allowed/game: 188.3
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