LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - On a rainy night, in front of an announced crowd of 27,000 fans, Trinity beat arch rival St. X 29-17 to hold on to the shillelagh for another year.
The Rocks (3-3) built a 14-10 halftime lead and rode a three touchdown effort from junior running back Donald Brooks to a 7th straight win in the series. They now lead it 38-36-2..
"I don't know about the win streak, it's just good to win," Trinity head coach Bob Beatty said.
Brooks got the Trinity offense started with a 51 yard run late in the first quarter. On the very next play, he swept around the right side for 10 more yards and a touchdown to give Trinity a 7-0 lead.
St. X answered with talented back Austin Davis. Getting the majority of the carries with leading rusher Charles Walker sidelined, Davis ignited the Tigers offense with a 40 yard run. It set up a B.J. Nagle 20 yard touchdown pass to Will Roshkowski to tie the game at 7 with 10:10 left in the second quarter.
Just before the half, UofL commit Reggie Bonnafon came up with a couple of big plays. After converting two third and long plays, he delivered a strike to Rodjay Burns for a 47 gain to the Tigers 40. Then on the next play, found Brooks out of the backfield, who after hurdling a St. X defender, made his way into the end zone for a 13 yard score. Trinity led 14-10 at the half.
In the third quarter, Bonnafon connected with Cody Swabek for a 17 yard score. The extra point was no good, but Trinity led 20-10.
The Tigers answered with a 7 yard Davis touchdown run, cutting the deficit to 20-17, but Brooks closed the door with another score, this time a 12 yard run.
"One of the biggest rivalries in the nation, and we love it," Brooks said. "We love the attention and we just take care of our fans."
Bonnafon impressed on the field where he'll play college football. "It's all about momentum, and right now we're just going to go back in and practice and try to get better every week," he said.
St. X falls to 4-3 under first-year head coach Will Wolford. "Not happy with the result, we'll never accept that result, but it's the first district game, and we have a lot of room to improve and we have to find some way to get that two score gap fixed," Wolford said.
Trinity hosts Manual (6-0) next Friday and St. X hosts Male (6-0).
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