September 29th, 2010

Similar Squads Set To Showdown On Friday

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Similar Squads Set To Showdown On Friday
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St. Xavier leads series over Trinity 36-31-2

In a rivalry game that traditionally tells projectors and handicappers to "throw the records out the window" when picking who will win between St. Xavier and Trinity in football, the 70th all-time meeting on Friday will feature a pair of teams that actually do share a ton of similarities.

Both coming in with 4-1 records, the Tigers and Shamrocks each owe "thanks" for their lone loss to the Cincinnati St. Xavier Bombers team in Ohio. Both teams also have scored about the same amount of points (St. Xavier: 134; Trinity: 144) and have given up about the same amount as well (St. Xavier: 93; Trinity: 79). Trinity is boasting a sophomore quarterback (Travis Wright) who some are comparing to Trinity great Brian Brohm. St. X has a Brohm of its own at starting quarterback - Brian's cousin, Luke Brohm.

Both feature a consistent ground attack. For Trinity's it's been upon the shoulders of senior Derek Bishop, who has run for 100 yards or more in four straight games. For the Tigers, it's been a backfield by committee, as Head Coach Mike Glaser deals with injuries. With the return of senior La'mont McMurry (who had three touchdowns) last week against Central High School, however, St. X has a featured back who can match Bishop.

Both feature experienced coaches who know a lot about the history of his opponent.

St. Xavier head coach Mike Glaser, who is 18-21 all time in this series against the Shamrocks, including a 2-3 mark against the Trinity in the state finals, coached his 39th game against Trinity on Dec. 5, 2009, the most among any opposing coach in Trinity history. In fact, only Ballard and DeSales have played more games against Trinity as teams, not even individual coaches.

Trinity High School Head Coach Bob Beatty, who holds an 8-6 record against St. Xavier, is looking to tie Dennis Lampley for most wins by a Trinity coach against the Tigers in program history in the teams’ meeting this week. Lampley notched a 9-6 mark against the Tigers in his career at Trinity. Beatty’s 8-6 mark includes a 3-1 record against the Tigers in the state finals. Roger Gruneisen is the only other Trinity coach to record five or more wins against the Tigers. He held a 5-3 record against St. Xavier in his time at Trinity. His .625 winning percentage is the best in program history.

St. Xavier, who leads the all-time series against Trinity 36-31-2, defeated the Rocks in 2009 for the Kentucky Class 6A state championship . Trinity has won eight of the last 15 meetings between the teams, including four postseason games.

The biggest consistency in this series? The attendance.

In 69 meetings, the series has attracted 1,482,482 fans, an average of 21,485 fans per game. Since 1998, the game has been played in the University of Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, which was expanded this past year to fit even more fans. That said, will Friday's affair attract an all-time attendance record for this nationally-renowned rivalry game?

Either way, as always, it should be a great exhibition between the state's top two high school football programs.

Check back Friday for a complete preview of "The Game," which will include statistics, projections, and predictions.



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