The Tiger Football team will put its season on the line with a game against its biggest rival, District Four foe Trinity tonight at 7:30 PM at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Tigers are looking for their first win against Trinity in the playoffs since 2009.
This year’s postseason battle between St. Xavier and Trinity sees a new regular season winner for the first time in five seasons. The Tigers defeated the Rocks in the first matchup of the two teams back on October 3 by a score of 35-21.
Coming off an impressive win over the No. 1 team in the state, Trinity enters tonight’s game against St. Xavier with momentum. The Shamrocks led almost the entire game against the Male Bulldogs last Friday night, but Male forced overtime with a last second field goal. The Rocks punched in the first touchdown, then got an interception to seal the upset. Trinity also has wins this season over Imhotep Charter School (PA), Colerain (OH), Cocoa (FL), Cathedral (IN), Manual and Henderson County.
The Trinity offense is averaging 27.4 points per game this season behind 318.8 yards of total offense per game. The Rocks are rushing for 136.3 yards per game and passing for 182.5 yards per game. Quarterback Ryan Young went 22-for-36 for 258 yards and two touchdowns. Young also rushed for 54 yards against the Bulldogs. Rodjay Burns is the team’s leading receiver with over 35 catches and over 350 yards and 7 touchdowns. Donald Brooks is the team’s leading rusher with 225 carries for 1158 yards and 17 touchdowns according to KHSAA.org.
The Trinity defense is allowing 20.3 points per game this season. Opponents are averaging 284.7 yards of total offense per game against Trinity, including 96.4 on the ground and 188.3 through the air. The Trinity defense has 5 interceptions and 6 fumble recoveries this season according to KHSAA.org. Zach Berger is the team’s leading tackler with 54 and Rodjay Burns has a team-best 2 interceptions.