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    The Trinity High School football team’s reign over its archrival is over.

    St. Xavier ended its 7-game losing streak - the longest by either school in the 58-year rivalry - to the Shamrocks with a 35-21 triumph Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to regain the shilleglagh. It was the Tigers’ first win over Trinity since the 2009 Class 6A state championship game.

    The victory was big for St. X, but not big enough for it to take over the No. 1 spot in this special edition of’s Jefferson County Power Rankings. Male, the Tigers’ opponent next Friday night, is still No. 1...for now.

    Here’s a quick look at our entire Top 10 this week:  

    1. Male (6-0) - The Bulldogs didn’t come close to their 49.4 points per game average, but they still had enough offense to beat previously-unbeaten Meade County, last year’s 6A runner-up, 17-0 Friday night. Male hosts St. X next Friday. Last week’s ranking: 1.  

    2. St. Xavier (5-2) - Senior quarterback Noah Houk passed for three touchdowns to lead the Tigers in their streak-busting win over Trinity on Friday night. Next Friday night St. X will try to avenge last year’s two narrow losses (44-40 and 23-21) to Male. Last week: 3.

    3. Manual (6-0) - The Crimsons pitched their third shutout of the season Thursday night with their 35-0 victory over Butler. Manual, which is allowing only 3.5 points per game, hasn’t given up more than a touchdown in a single game. The Crimsons will get their biggest test of the season next Friday, when they host Trinity. Last week: 4.

    4. Trinity (4-3) - The Shamrocks were their own worst enemy in their loss to St. X, losing three fumbles and committing 12 penalties. They’ll try to correct those mistakes by next Friday night, when they play at Manual. Last week: 2.  

    5. Christian Academy of Louisville (7-0) - The 2-A Centurions, one of four unbeatens in their class, turned in an incredible defensive performance Friday night, holding Bardstown to three first downs and negative 10 yards of of total offense in their 21-7 triumph. Next Friday night they’re scheduled to play at Fort Knox. Last week: 6.

    6. DeSales (6-0) - The 2-A Colts, who clobbered previously-unbeaten Bardstown 39-14 last week, were scheduled to host winless Fort Knox on Friday night but the Eagles forfeited the game because they didn’t have enough players available. DeSales has its bye next week before hosting CAL in a huge game Oct. 17. Last week: 5.

    7. Iroquois (6-1) - The Raiders, who beat traditional power John Hardin 27-20 in overtime last week, suffered their first loss of the season, 27-20 at Grayson County on Thursday night. Despite the loss they still deserve props for what they’ve done so far this season. Iroquois hosts North Hardin next Friday. Last week: 10.

    8. Central (3-3) - The 3-A Yellowjackets, who were routed by St. X last week, had a bye this week. They’ll try to bounce back next Friday night, when they host district-rival Elizabethtown. Last week: 7.

    9. Holy Cross (5-1) - The Class A Cougars, who had a bye this week, have won five straight games since their season-opening 31-0 loss to DeSales. Holy Cross, which is No. 1 in Class A in passing defense, plays at Kentucky Country Day (3-3) next Friday in a key district game. Last week: unranked.

    10. Fairdale (3-3) - The Bulldogs, who lost their first three games, won their third in a row Thursday night, routing Valley 36-0. They’ll try to keep that momentum going next Friday night, when they play at Moore. Last week: unranked.

    Photo courtesy Saint Xavier High School Facebook Page

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