By Kent Taylor
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 72nd meeting meeting between arch rivals St. X and Trinity highlights week #7 of Touchdown Friday Night.
The Rocks are 5-0 and ranked in the top 5 in just about every national poll. The Tigers are 3-3 and coming off of a 31-30 overtime win at Central last Friday night. Trinity beat St. X twice in 2010 by a combined score of 83-7.
"Come Friday night, we're going to come to play, for 48 minutes," St. X head coach Mike Glaser said. "Our guys will play for 48 minutes, and I think it's going to be a heck of a football game."
Glaser says Tigers starting quarterback Alex Mattingly will return to the lineup. "He didn't play at all last week, he is practicing this week," the St. X coach said. "I don't know if he'll start or not, but he will play, and he'll be close to 100%."
Trinity has not played a school from Kentucky yet this season. Bob Beatty says that all the national championship talk has not gone to his kids heads. "Those first 5 were spectacular, they're gone," Beatty said. "First round of districts, this sets you up for the tournament and that's what we want. It's different this year, now that it's a district game. It has a lot more meaning this year, not that it didn't to begin with," Beatty added. "It has a tremendous impact on where we are in the tournament."
St. X leads the all-time series 36-33-2. The series has drawn over 1,500,000 fans in it's first 71 meetings.
Kickoff is set for 8:05 p.m. at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. We'll have the highlights, plus a post game report from Kendrick Haskins on Touchdown Friday Night.
That's just one of a number of rivalry games on Friday night. Scott Reynolds heads across the river for a bragging rights battle as Jeff visits New Albany. Chief Meteorologist Kevin Harned will be live from New Albany at 5, 6 and 7.
"You're judged as a player or a coach against Jeff," Bulldogs head coach Charlie Fields said. "We're the two biggest high schools south of Indianapolis, there's so much tradition. It's one of the longest running rivalries in the state, it's been going since 1900. Everybody wants to know what you've done, and you measure yourself in the Jeff-New Albany game."
That passion is not lost on his players. "It means a lot to the community, everybody knows everybody, it's a crosstown rivalry," New Albany lineman Seth Hollabaugh said. "Everyone wants bragging rights, it's a big deal." Scootie Middleton added, "Everybody wants bragging rights going into Harvest Homecoming, it's a big thing."
Other rivalry games we'll be covering include Collins at Shelby County, North Bullitt at Bullitt Central, and Central Hardin at #2 John Hardin. Plus, after a bye week, unbeaten North Oldham (5-0) visits Waggener and Floyd Central (5-1) tries to bounce back from it's first loss, the Highlanders host Bedford North Lawrence.
Kendrick Haskins and Scott Reynolds joins me in studio, as we'll have all the highlights on Touchdown Friday Night.