LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It is a rivalry that has gotten national attention in the past and it is back in the spotlight once more as Trinity and St. X will meet this week in the semi-finals of the 6A state tournament.
The two teams met back in September at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. The Shamrocks prevailed 35-13 in the regular season. Now, months later and four weeks into the playoffs the two teams are preparing for a very close rematch.
Trinity opened the playoffs with a 69-0 victory, followed by a 49-0 win and last week, the closest game so far, a 63-20 win over Ballard.
“I think Ballard came in the other night with a great game plan and they did a nice job against us. I think everyone expects us to just shut everybody out. Well, that's not the game of football and you deal with it and there are some areas we have to get better in,” said Trinity head coach Bob Beatty.
"You score 63 points and everyone just thinks you're an offensive wonder and we sure have a lot to work on there too I can assure you.”
If Trinity wins Friday, the team will get a shot at winning its 12th title under Beatty.
Across town the St. X Tigers are looking for a different result as they embrace their underdog status. This is the furthest St. X has gone in the playoffs since they won the championship back in 2009.
“They're an excellent football team, they're very well coached they're playing much more physical than they have literally just a couple years ago. They're very talented,” said St. X Head Coach Will Wolford.
"It's not a lot of fun to watch them on film but we are playing better football now than when we were two months ago there's no doubt about that.”
During Wolford’s tenure as head coach, the Tigers are 0-3 against the Shamrocks in post-season play.
They’ll look to change that record with a win Friday night.
Kickoff is set for 6:30pm at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium.