Who had the best performance in St. Xavier-Trinity history?
Rondale Moore’s monster outing in the 2017 Class 6A State Championship game was voted the best individual performance in the history of the St. Xavier-Trinity High School football rivalry.
In a Courier Journal poll that included 10 of the top performers in the series’ history, Moore received 58 of 196 total votes (29.6%). Brian Brohm’s exit in the 2003 regular season reunion placed second with 33 votes (16.8%).
This Trinity run included Moore’s 2017 performance at Lexington. He carried 19 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns – including one for 93 yards – and also caught five passes for 114 yards and a score as the Shamrocks beat the Tigers 38-21 in the National Final to end a season 15-0 .
“That’s the game plan: you have a thoroughbred, you have to ride it,” Trinity trainer Bob Beatty said after the game. “He did not disappoint.”
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The St. X-Trinity rivalry began in 1956, and the Catholic school rivals will meet for the 90e 8 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Stadium at the University of Louisville. The Shamrocks hold the lead in the series 48-39-2 and have won 17 of the last 20 meetings.
The championship capped a remarkable senior season for Moore, who recorded 109 catches for 1,478 yards and 16 touchdowns. Moore also rushed for 537 yards and seven touchdowns on 50 carries and returned two punts for touchdowns.
Moore was named Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year and received the Louisville Quarterback Club’s Paul Hornung Award. He was also selected to play in the US Army All-American Game.
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After three seasons at Purdue, Moore was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he caught 54 passes for 435 yards and a touchdown. He hasn’t played yet this season due to a hamstring injury.
Brohm’s performance in Trinity’s 17-6 win over St. X in 2003 was second in the vote. Brohm completed 20 of 34 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns to help Trinity snap a four-game losing streak to start the season. The win kicked off an 11-game winning streak for Trinity that was capped with a 17-14 win over St. X in the Class 4A Championship game.
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Third in the vote was St. X running back Tendai Charasika, who carried 17 times for 127 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 40-0 fight against the Shamrocks in 1995 at Old Cardinal Stadium.
Here is the final tally of votes (196 received):
1. Rondale Moore of Trinity, 2017, 58 votes
2. Brian Brohm of Trinity, 2003, 33 voices
3. Tendai Charasika of St.X, 1995, 32 voices
4. St. X’s Deuce Finch, 2008, 19 voices
5. Dicky Lyons of St. X, 1964, 17 voices
6. Dalyn Dawkins of Trinity, 2011, 12 voices
seven. Bob McIntyre of St.X, 1975, 9 votes
8. Ben Bosscher of St.X, 1997, 6 voices