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Rain or shine the St. X, Trinity game never disappoints

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On Friday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the 76th meeting between the two football powerhouse schools was definitely soggy. On Friday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the 76th meeting between the two football powerhouse schools was definitely soggy.
The Tiger band had to warm up under the stands. The Tiger band had to warm up under the stands.
Michelle Washle had a fancy spread with smoked salmon, heirloom tomatoes and sushi. Michelle Washle had a fancy spread with smoked salmon, heirloom tomatoes and sushi.
Kathy Scheler Kathy Scheler

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Rain or shine when St. X and Trinity hit the field it brings out one of the largest crowds in the nation for one of the country's oldest high school rivalries.

"This is a big strong Catholic community and we all are here to support each other," said St. X Class of '85 grad Joe Thompson.

On Friday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the 76th meeting between the two football powerhouse schools was definitely soggy. The Tiger band had to warm up under the stands, the Rock's drum corp was waterlogged. 

Many of the usual 30,000 plus fans ran for cover while others refused to miss a moment.  "Yeah, we're the true fans," yelled a soaked Conner Haycraft from an empty section of seats.

Hours earlier, the pre-game weather was perfect for a little tailgating sibling rivalry. Michelle Washle had a fancy spread with smoked salmon, heirloom tomatoes and sushi! Responding to the comment that she's fancy, Washle said, "Yes, we're like that because if you're going to go, you got to go big." A few cars down, her sisters and sister-in-laws offered what they deemed as real tailgate food with potato salad, ribs and beans.

The sheer number of fans initially shocked Kathy Scheler, the wife of St. X Assistant Principal Anthony Scheler Jr., when she moved to Louisville. "I went to a small school in Western Kentucky so when I came to this football game and there's 30,000 people it was overwhelming," she said, "I just think it's awesome!"

Game time was historic - For the first time in more than three decades, a new face was on the St. X sidelines for the rivalry game as head coach and former NFL star Will Wolford replaces retired Tiger's Head Coach Mike Glaser.

The halftime score of Trinity 14 St. X 10 proved this game always offers plenty of surprises.

Washle said, "It's the greatest rivalry in the United States!"

Trinity ended up taking the win 29-17.

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