(Louisville, KY.) The regular season is winding down, which means district play is heating up, and will be the theme of this week's Touchdown Friday night.
One of the oldest rivalries in the city kicks off at 7:30 as sixth ranked, St. X travels to Male. The Tigers are trying to regroup after last week's 34-7 loss to arch rival Trinity. Head Coach, Mike Glaser, who is in his final year at St. X, says his team came to practice this week ready to put the Trinity loss behind them. "At St. X you do everything the same way all the time. You do it like a champion, or it's not worth doing", said Glaser. The loss was the Tiger's fourth in a row to the Shamrocks, but this team knows it's just one loss, and there are still important games left to play in the regular season, starting with this district match up against Male. "It's huge, especially since it's a district game. We need to get the win, then beat Manual, so we can be second in our district, then be on opposite sides for Trinity, and just get ready for them in the playoffs if it happens to be like that," said Senior, Hunter Senn.
The Tigers hammered Male last season 57-7, but the Bulldogs feel like they are a different team this year, and aren't concerned with last year's score. "Other than some scheme stuff, there's really no correlation. I mean, the year before that, we went right down to the wire. So, the team that you have that year is the only thing that really matters, so hopefully, we match up better with them this year." said Male Head Coach, Chris Wolfe. Male had a bye week last week, so this game will be their first district game of the season and Wolfe feels it's important to get off on the right foot in district play. "Our district is a brutal district. It's like the SEC West. It really doesn't matter who you start with, it's going to be tough. We just take them as they come. It would be nice to be able to get out of the district first week 1-0 and go from there," said Wolfe.
Both teams have bitter rivalries with other teams. St. X with Trinity and Male with Manual, but the St. X-Male rivalry has been strong for years. "This has been a big game for us for a lot of years, and it's an old rivalry. So, it's a big game for us to get back on our winning ways, it becomes a very big game, commented Glaser. "When Coach (Bob) Redman was here, he had a nice streak against them for a couple of years there. Nobody has a real good streak against St. X except for maybe Trinity right now. If you could just eek out a win against them, that would do a lot for your program," said Wolfe.
Male and St. X, one of ten games we will have highlights from on Touchdown Friday Night this week, along with our Player of the Week.
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