LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There was one statistic above any other that summarized the Trinity (Louisville, KY) Shamrocks’ 22-0 win over the Male (Louisville, KY) Bulldogs Friday night.
That’s all the offense the Bulldogs could muster in the first half against a stingy Rocks’ defense as Trinity pitched the shutout in a meeting of two of Louisville’s top football programs. The Shamrocks are the state’s top program in almost any given year, and entered the game at No. 1 while the Bulldogs are ranked No. 4 in the state by MaxPreps and No. 3 in the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings.
After spending the entire first half stuck in neutral, the Bulldogs were only slightly better in the second half eventually piling up 111 yards of total offense – 110 of those, of course, coming after halftime. But 87 of those yards came on a single drive when the Bulldogs made their only serious scoring threat of the night. The drive stalled at the Rocks’ 12-yard line, however, and the Trinity defense managed to keep the shutout intact until the final horn.
Trinity’s offense, meanwhile, had its worst scoring output of the season. Against a tough schedule that has included games against the Carmel (IN) Greyhounds, Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN) Warriors and Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) Fighting Crusaders, the Rocks had still managed to score at least 31 points in their first three games. Back home in Louisville, they found their toughest defense yet in a Bulldogs’ squad that limited their output even with virtually no help from its offense.
Next up for Trinity is a home date Friday night with the Champagnat Catholic Lions of Hialeah, Fla. – provided the Lions are able to make the trip in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. (There’s also Champagnat’s fairly recent history of canceling games against powerhouse teams to consider.)
Male has a date at the Western (Louisville, KY) Warriors Friday night where the Bulldogs will try to get back on the playoff track.
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