I’m sure the Saint Louis Archdiocese doesn’t permit fighting but on December 1st two of the areas Catholic high schools will go into battle. The Trinity Titans versus The Cardinal Ritter Lions will be a certified dog fight but this rivalry has brewed for a long time.
The bad blood stems from a regular season defeat last year and a tough loss in the district championship game last year making the two teams are very familiar with one another. The talk of whose the best has stretched from barber shops to school hallways and even online and everyone has an opinion but let’s first examine the programs.
Cardinal Ritter is undefeated going into the matchup with a record of 14-0 with their high powered offense lead by Junior Quarterback Mekhi Hagens, and a host of talented skill players are right there to back him up including Ohio State commit Jameson Williams.
But Trinity has notable names of their own with three of them being 2019 Under Armour All Americans in Isaiah Williams, Marcus Washington, and Shammond Cooper. Trinity comes into the matchup with a 12-2 record losing to nationally ranked Colquitt County and a thriller triple overtime loss to East St. Louis.
In addition to all of the great players on the field, the battle of head coaches is an intriguing one. Two African American head coaches will meet in the MSHSAA state championship game. Terrence Curry of Trinity Catholic and Brandon Gregory of Cardinal Ritter will faceoff in a game of chess moves to be crowned Class 3 State Champs.
There is a lot more to talk about on either side but we would all agree that enough talking has been had. It is now time to lay everything out on the football field and we can trust on Saturday December 1st that both programs will put it all on the line for the city to talk about for months to come.