August 25th, 2010

Trinity, St. X Ranked 1-2 In First Poll

Chris Jung

Senior Writer


Trinity, St. X Ranked 1-2 In First Poll
photo from saintx.com

Rocks, Tigers take usual spot atop rankings

Pure domination.

Those two words succinctly describe the death grip that perrenial football powerhouses Trinity and St. Xavier High School have on the remainder of the state. Since 1995, either the Rocks or the Tigers have captured the state championship 13 times out of the 15 title games that have been played, including every year since 1999.

So when the first Kentucky AP high school football poll was released this week, no one batted an eye or constructed a protest when Trinity (No. 1) and St. Xavier (No. 2) were the top two teams chosen in Class 6A. In the poll, Trinity earned a total of 86 voting points (five 1st place votes) and St. X earned 84 (four 1st place votes)

Similar to the last few seasons, both teams have put together a tough regular season schedule that will test the fortitude and durability of the respective teams. St. Xavier begins its state championship defense on Friday (Aug. 27) against Ballard High School, who is ranked No. 3 in the 6A state poll. Last season the Ballard Bruins went 8-4, was narrowly defeated by Trinity 21-14, and bowed out in the second round of the state playoffs following a 35-23 loss to Male High School. This should be an excellent test for the Tigers - a measuring stick for the Tigers' place within the food chain.

Other notable games on St. X's 2010 schedule include Lexington Catholic, a road game at nationally-ranked Cincinnati St. Xavier (Louisville St. X's lone loss in 2009), the annual game against Trinity (Oct. 1), and a Halloween Eve game to end the regular season at Covington Catholic in northern Kentucky.

Trinity also kicks their season off on Aug. 27 in an away game against Lawrence North (Indianapols, IN), to be followed by back-to-back home games against another Cincinnati force (Elder) and the aforementioned Cincinnati St. X. Other games to circle are Bowling Green (Sept. 24), Seneca (Oct. 8), and Ballard (Oct. 22). The Rocks' season-opening opponent, Lawrence North, went 4-6 in 2009 and lost its first game of this season, 19-6 to Lawrence Central.

Poll voting note: "All Associated Press members in Kentucky are eligible to participate in the high school football poll. Those who voted in this week's poll are: The Advocate-Messenger, Danville; The News-Enterprise, Elizabethtown; The Gleaner, Henderson; Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville; Lexington Herald-Leader; The Courier-Journal; The Murray Ledger & Times; The Paducah Sun; Appalachian News Express, Pikeville; The Winchester Sun."

 

 

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