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 tonight. It’s Trinity at St. Xavier at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
SKP talked to some of Trinity’s players about their rivalry with St. Xavier and how important this game is.
Jason Hatcher - “Well as a freshman playing varsity and playing in the state (championship game) and losing it was a huge disappointment,” said Hatcher. “I feel confident that we will beat them,” he finished.
John Heile - “To me, this is the most important game of our regular season. This is the most exciting game I have ever been a part of because of the hype built around it and the stage it’s played on,” said Heile. “I loved being a part of it last year and I cannot wait until (tonight),” he continued.
“It means everything to us to win this game,” said Heile. “Trinity hasn’t been able to win this regular season game in a number of years and it would be an indescribable feeling to do it this year,” he said.
Darick Nix - “(This rivalry) is every important to me,” said Nix. “It means so much to me because of those who came before me. Tradition is something that is emphasized to our team. I’ve been on a state championship team my sophomore year and then state runner up team my junior year; I don’t ever want that feeling from last year again,” he said.
“The rivalry is everything and more than it is talked up to be,” said Nix. “We want our revenge from last year and this is our chance to redeem ourselves,” Nix finished.
Travis Wright - (The rivalry) means a lot to not only me, but the team, coaches, school, faculty and community,” Wright said. “This game just has so much tradition behind it that it’s almost unbelievable,” he continued.
“It’s so hard to stress the fact about beating St. X. I think that’s why this game is so special,” he finished.
Derek Bishop - “This is one of the biggest rivalries in the nation, so just that fact alone raise the competition level of every player,” Bishop said. “It makes you step up your game to a whole new level.”
“Even though it’s a big rivalry, you still have to realize that is’ just another game. Since it’s a big rivalry, it makes it that much more important to win the game,” he finished.