Always billed as one of the best rivalries in Kentucky and possibly in the nation, the two Louisville programs who help define football in Jefferson County meet this Friday night. It’s Trinity at St. Xavier at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
SKP talked to some of St. Xavier’s players about their rivalry with Trinity and how important this game is.
Andrew Polston – “This game means so much to me because I was born a St. X football player,” said Polston. “Even before I was old enough to play football, my dad would tell me stories about this game and when he played in it. Once I was finally old enough to play and go to the games, it became my number one dream to play for St. Xavier and beat Trinity every time we played. This year is my last year playing against them and I want to make this one special,” he said.
“It’s very important that we beat Trinity not only because they are our rival, but so we can go out there and show everybody that we still are St. X and that we will beat you,” Polston said. “This is because there are some people out there that think we aren’t good enough this year, but I think we are and we are ready to play,” he finished.
DeVontae Beach – “The game means a lot. It’s like when you try so hard to beat your big brother in a game. It’s so competitive and the winner of the game comes down to who wants it more,” said Beach.
“To beat them is the biggest achievement. This could be the last time you play against Trinity, for the seniors. Tempers will flare, but it’s going to be a good game. It’s going to be loud. Expect 40,000 fans and emotions will be a big thing!”
Daylen Hall – “It’s a priority to beat (Trinity) in your last year,” said Hall. “They are always good and have a solid team, but we must play the best we can in order to stop them. They are extremely young and if we can jump on them early enough, they will be rattled,” Hall continued.
“This is the biggest high school rivalry in the nation and everyone is watching. It’s extremely fun in front of 40,000 people,” he finished.
LaMont McMurry – “If you are truly a St. Xavier football player, the rivalry starts just ten minutes after you’re born,” laughed McMurry. “God brings us in the world and he already knows the day of the game, who wins and who goes home on the bus with their heads down,” said McMurry. “We are not born to win. We are born to choose if we win or lose,” he continued.
“The rivalry, to me, is everything. I look at it as if you have 35,000 plus coming to see you play and you’re in high school, living in Kentucky; then that should let you know this isn’t just a game. This is what we live for,” he finished.