October 3, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Louisville Trinity Shamrocks 20, St. Xavier Tigers 15,|Gallery
St. X’s Coach William Wolford and Trinity’s Bob Beatty both looked to extend winning streaks under the Friday Night Lights. It was a cool and rainy night when two of the biggest high school rivals in the nation played in the home of the Cardinals at Papa John’s Cardinals Stadium. The winner of the game is usually viewed as the state champion favorite.
The game started in disaster for Trinity with the St.X defense holding strong and causing a punt attempt. The snap went over the punters head causing the first turn over of the game. With a short field a touchdown was scored by the St.X running game. After a solid start running the ball, Trinity went to the air on a couple screen passes that opened up the offense. To finish off the scoring drive running back Jailen Reed who used some masterful footwork got into the end zone. To open up the second the quarter Jailen Reed scored again to put the Shamrocks on top of the Tigers 14-7. He later added another making the score 20-7.
In the first half the Trinity defense came to play. The line dominated the line of scrimmage and shut down the St X running game. In the passing game things didn’t go smooth either. On short, intermediate, and deep balls St.X‘s quarterback Desmond Ridder couldn’t connect on throws. He was also unable to escape the pass rush and was harassed by the defense all half. Wide receivers could not break away from defensive backs during routes to help their quarterback. St.X has mostly Trinity to thank for their points. Trinity lost a snap deep in St.X territory in the closing moments of the second quarter. The turnover helped cut into the lead after a made field goal, the halftime score was 20-10.
After halftime adjustments the St.X offense came out clicking; moving the chains quickly to score a field goal making it 20-13. Once again Trinity couldn’t stay out of its own way. The special teams of the Shamrocks needed to tighten up as they gave up another score on a bad snap. This score resulted in a safety and only score for either team during the third quarter. On two promising St.X drives the Trinity defense became ball hawks with Lucas Minor and Blake Roshowski intercepting two passes from Tigers QB Ridder.
The Trinity offense was clicking in the first half. That changed in the third quarter and mostly the fourth. But time and time again the defense stepped up and made game changing plays. Rodjay Burns picked off Ridder again with St.X driving late in the third quarter. Both teams stopped each in the fourth quarter as time became the issue. Ryan Reynolds made the play of the game as St.X was in position to force a turnover but instead ripped the ball from two defenders. That play wasn’t enough as St.X got the ball back with less than two minutes. On the final play a hail marry pass was no good giving Trinity a 20-15 win.
The second half was a defensive battle for both teams. The offense spurted in the second half but it was enough to raise the Great American Rivalry Trophy. Jailen Reed was player of the game with three touchdowns. Bob Beatty is going to have to get the special teams play in order. If that happens along with the defensive and the running attack based off tonight the Shamrocks seem to be in prime form for a long playoff run.
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