October 4, 2014 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Tigers End Shamrocks Streak of 5 Years
Although there were a lot of empty seats in a rainy Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Friday night, nearly 26,349 fans gathered to see the Trinity Shamrocks take on their arch rival the St. Xavier Tigers in a highly anticipated high school football game. St. X had not defeated Trinity since the 2009-2010 Football season, but Friday the Tigers were out to change that. The game was part of the Great American Rivalry series, which covers some of the best high school sports rivalries in the country.
St. X would win the coin toss and deferred to give Trinity the ball to start the game. Both teams looked rusty as the St.X defense would be called for an off-sides penalty and the Trinity offense was called for a false start penalty to begin the game. Unfortunately for Trinity, penalties would be a continuous theme all game long. St. X’s Jackie Arnold would recover a Trinity fumble with 11:08 to go in the 1st quarter, but the Tigers would miss their initial field goal attempt with 5:44 to go in the 1st quarter. Trinity would again have another three and out, but this time St.X running back Blake Roshkowski would score off an 16 yard touchdown run with 4:02 remaining in the 1st quarter. The score a the end of the 1st quarter would be 7-0 St. X.
In the beginning of the 2nd quarter Trinity’s Donald Brooks would fumble the football and St. X cornerback Davey Sermersheim would recover the football. St.X would then score off a 32 yard TD pass from quarterback Noah Houk to receiver Michael Ackerman, with 10:47 remaining in the 2nd quarter. With 6:49 remaining in the 2nd quarter St.X’s Taijon Smith would score on a 52 yard screen pass, but the play would be called back due to an offensive holding call on the Tigers. Later in the drive Houk would throw a 30 yard TD pass to Colin O’Daniel, making the score 21-0 Tigers with 5:43 remaining in the 2nd quarter.
The Trinity offense finally put some points on the board after a 36 yard TD pass from quarterback Ryan Young to Rodjay Burns with 3:19 remaining in the 2nd quarter. Then Trinity would score again off another TD pass from Young, this time it would be a 26 yard pass to Jacob Woosley with :17 remaining in the 2nd quarter. The Shamrocks would go for a two point conversation but would fail, the score at the end of the 1st half was 21-13 Tigers.
The rain would disappear for majority of the 2nd half, but the wind would cause the temperature to drop tremendously. St. X opened the 2nd half going “three and out” on offense, but would get the ball back off another Trinity fumble with 10:03 to go in the 3rd quarter. The Tigers would fail on a 4th down conversation with 8:25 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The Shamrocks would go “three and out” again on offense and the Tigers would take advantage of the ball when they got it back. Roshkowski would run the ball for 58 yards, setting up a one yard TD run by Taijon Smith. The score at the end of the 3rd quarter would be 28-13 Tigers.
For majority of the 4th quarter both offenses didn’t do much as the defenses allowed no points from either side. Finally with 5:34 remaining in the game, Trinity’s Young threw a 21 yard TD pass to Burns and the Rocks converted on their two point conversion. The score would be 28-21 Tigers but St. X’s Jaylon Hibbs would score off an 47 yard TD pass from Houk with 3:45 remaining in the game. The Tigers defense would stop the Shamrocks offense on 4th down with 2:27 left in the game and the final score would be 35-21 Tigers.
St. X’s Roshkowski was named the MVP of Friday nights game. Trinity now moves to four wins/three losses on the season and will play at Manual next Friday. As for the Tigers they move to 5-2 on the season and will play at Male next Friday. Male hasn’t been tested all season winning all of its games by an average of 42 points per game, however a hungry St. X Tigers team should make for another great football game on next Friday.
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