COLUMBUS, Ohio – Colerain football coach Tom Bolden said his players will remember the games against St. Xavier forever.
St. Xavier coach Steve Specht said the two programs playing every regular season is simply the right thing to do.
On Friday, the schools announced Greater Cincinnati’s preeminent high school football rivalry has been renewed for two more years.
“It’s a game that represents what high school football should be all about,” Bolden said. “A Friday night battle between two local storied programs. We love competing against Steve and his program. They are as good as it gets year in and year out.”
St. Xavier and Colerain will continue to play in Week 2 of the 2019 and 2020 seasons after this year’s game.
“It’s part of the high school fabric in Cincinnati, Ohio,” Specht said. “It’s part of the football culture. I appreciate Tommy and Colerain High School and their approach to be the best they can by playing anyone anytime. It speaks volumes about them and their kids.”
This upcoming season, the two rivals will play at St. Xavier Week 2 (Aug. 31) to complete the final game of the current series. The 2019 game will be at Colerain and the 2020 game will return to St. X.
“We’re looking forward to continuing one of the best rivalries in the city,” Colerain Athletic Director Craig Ulland said.
St. X Interim Athletic Director Nick Van Zile echoed that sentiment.
“The St. Xavier versus Colerain game is a staple of Cincinnati high school football and we are excited that our student athletes will be able to continue a great rivalry,” Van Zile said.
The teams split the two games last season. The Bombers defeated host Colerain 20-17 in overtime during a rainstorm Sept. 1, 2017.
Colerain defeated St. Xavier 21-14 Nov. 18 in the Division I regional final played at Mason.
Colerain (11-3) completed its season as a state semifinalist. St. X (11-2) was a regional runner-up.
St. Xavier leads the all-time series, 22-14. Colerain and St. Xavier have played in the postseason the past four consecutive seasons.