CINCINNATI - A few hours before Colerain and St. Xavier kick off their annual rivalry football game, both schools have verbally agreed to continue their home-and-home series for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the school athletic departments told WCPO.com.
The 2017 game will be played at Colerain while the 2018 game will be at St. X.
St. Xavier athletic director John Sullivan said the schools have a verbal agreement in place and are working on a contract.
Colerain coach Tom Bolden and St. X coach Steve Specht told WCPO.com this summer they are happy with the annual rivalry and want it to continue.
The news this afternoon is significant because the Greater Miami Conference goes to eight conference games in 2017 meaning Colerain has just two open slots for non-conference opponents. St. X fills one of those spots. It remains to be seen if La Salle or another opponent is the other game in 2017.
St. Xavier (0-1) plays host to Colerain (1-0) at 7 p.m. today at St. Xavier Stadium. This is the 33rd meeting between the two programs with the Bombers leading 20-12. Tonight is the final game of a home-and-home agreement between the two schools that started in 2015.
The schools have played at least once each season since the 2005 season opener.