High school football: Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown opens new season in Ohio

Top Cincinnati, N.Ky. teams featured in 25 games

CINCINNATI - The 16th annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown opens the Ohio high school football season this week while also featuring top games in Northern Kentucky.

The Showdown includes 25 games Wednesday through Saturday with three top Cincinnati teams - Colerain, Moeller and  St. Xavier -  in interstate action, as well as strong local matchups on both sides of the river.

The Showdown features three defending state champions this week in Moeller (Ohio Division I), Clinton-Massie (Ohio Division IV) and Newport Central Catholic (Kentucky Class 2A).

“We’ve got some of the best big-school teams in Cincinnati and some great small-school matchups,” said organizer Tom Gamble.

There are four games Wednesday including a neighborhood rivalry featuring Oak Hills and LaSalle at UC’s Nippert Stadium.

Thursday’s big game features Elder and Middletown at Nippert.

There are 11 games Friday in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton. The big draw is a doubleheader matching Colerain vs. Park Vista (Fla.) and Moeller vs. Indianapolis Pike at Nippert. Meanwhile, St. Xavier hosts Indianapolis Ben Davis at St. X.

There’s also a Northern Kentucky doubleheader Friday pitting NewCath against 5A state runner-up Cooper and CovCath against Dixie Heights at Dixie.

On Saturday, Clinton-Massie plays Blanchester in a doubleheader at Centerville, and Boone County plays Conner at Thomas More College. Conner features one of the area’s top players in senior quarterback Drew Barker, who has verbally committed to the University of Kentucky.

Two Showdown games were played last weekend with 4A Kentucky champion Highlands crushing University Christian (Fla.) 47-17 and Lawrenceburg routing South Dearborn 63-13.

Advance tickets are on sale at participating schools and benefit the athletic department of the school selling the ticket. Tickets are also available at the gate.

One ticket gains admission to both games of a double-header. See ticket prices on the schedule below.

Get more details at http://SkylineCrosstownShowdown.com .

See our Ohio high school football coverage at http://www.wcpo.com/sports/ohio-high-school

See our Kentucky high school coverage at http://www.wcpo.com/sports/kentucky-high-school

Wednesday, Aug. 28
At Nippert Stadium #
La Salle vs. Oak Hills, 7 p.m.
At Sheakley Athletics Center #
McNicholas vs. Northwest, 5:30 p.m.
Anderson vs. Mount Healthy, 8 p.m.
At Mason High School &
Edgewood vs. Fenwick, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 29
At Nippert Stadium #

Elder vs. Middletown, 7 p.m.
At Sheakley Athletics Center #
Turpin vs. Withrow, 5:30 p.m.
Madeira vs. Norwood, 8 p.m.
At Kings High School +
North College Hill vs. Waynesville, 5:30 p.m.
CHCA vs. Middletown Madison, 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 30
At Nippert Stadium @

Colerain vs. Park Vista (Fla.), 6 p.m.
Indianapolis Pike vs. Moeller, 8:30 p.m.
At Sheakley Athletics Center #
Deer Park vs. Purcell Marian, 6 p.m.
Beechwood vs. Lima Senior, 8:30 p.m.
At St. Xavier High School *
Indianapolis Ben Davis vs. St. Xavier, 7:30 p.m.
At Sycamore Stadium &
Sycamore vs. Walnut Hills, 7:30 p.m.
At Dixie Heights High School +
Cooper vs. Newport Central Catholic, 6 p.m.
Covington Catholic vs. Dixie Heights, 8:30 p.m.
At Centerville High School ^
Centerville vs. Pickerington Central, 7:30 p.m.
At Welcome Stadium #
Springfield vs. Trotwood-Madison, 6 p.m.
Northmont vs. Thurgood Marshall, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 31
At Fairfield High School &

Lakota West vs. Winton Woods, 7 p.m.
At Centerville High School &
Blanchester vs. Clinton-Massie, 6 p.m.
Carlisle vs. Franklin, 8:30 p.m.
At Thomas More College &
Boone County vs. Conner, 1 p.m.

^ Pre-Sale Ticket: $4 Students; $6 Adults;  Game-Day Ticket: $7
* Pre-Sale Ticket: $6, Game-Day Ticket: $8
& Pre-Sale Ticket: $8; Game-Day Ticket: $10
+ Pre-Sale Ticket: $10, Game-Day Ticket: $10
# Pre-Sale Ticket: $10, Game-Day Ticket: $12
@ Pre-Sale Ticket: $10, Game-Day Ticket: $15

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