Ohio’s channel for high school sports will bring the excitement of the state’s best football back to Friday Nights
Columbus, Ohio― For a fourth straight year, ONN will televise Ohio’s Big Game, featuring the biggest and best high school football match-ups across the state this fall. Longstanding rivalries take center stage on ONN more than ever in 2008. While each Big Game has high stakes, five of the match-ups showcase much talked-about rivalries.
Fans won’t have to wait until the state playoffs to see St. Xavier play Colerain this fall. The perennial state and national powers will play in the season-opening Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown and ONN will broadcast the game on August 22. St. Xavier, the reigning Ohio Division I state champion, begins its title defense against Colerain in the 11th annual and state’s largest high school football event.
Week two pits Newark’s Licking Valley and Zanesville and showcases the talents of OSU recruit and top high school running back Storm Klein. Licking Valley is hoping to return to the Division III State Championship after coming up short to Big Walnut last year. Zanesville is loaded and looking for another run in the Division II playoffs for the second straight year.
Mentor and northeast power Solon lock horns September 5. Mentor has had back-to-back state runner-up finishes and have their eyes set on a return to Canton this fall. Solon is primed for a 10th consecutive playoff appearance and a strong returning lineup.
September 12 features two top Division I teams from Region 2 in Brunswick and Nordonia. With just two starters returning, Brunswick knows it will be an uphill battle, but have strong faith in their fresh faces as they hope to make a return appearance to the final four. With a new coach on the sidelines, always-strong Nordonia returns a solid offense.
For the first time in history, the recently split Pickerington North and Pickerington Central cap off a three week, four game High School Football Rivalry Series at Columbus Crew Stadium on September 19. Just one week later, the Series resumes with a high school football doubleheader on Friday, Sept. 26. The newly created Olentangy Orange Pioneers play the New Albany Eagles followed by an all-Olentangy match-up as the Patriots of Olentangy Liberty host the Olentangy Braves. The third and final week features two perennial powerhouses as the Bishop Watterson Eagles play host to Columbus St. Francis DeSales.
Week eight showcases two of the Miami Valley’s biggest teams as Clayton Northmont visits Centerville. The perennial playoff powerhouses are looking to return to the post-season and this is being touted as a pivotal matchup that will determine the fate of either team.
The remaining regular season games will be announced as the playoff picture is determined.
Emmy-award winning sports anchor David Bacon returns as the play-by-play announcer of Ohio’s Big Game. Bacon enters his fourth year calling the statewide top match-ups. Former Ohio State quarterback and Columbus Destroyers quarterback Justin Zwick returns for the second year to provide color commentary. Emmy-nominated sports reporter Katie Witham will report from the sidelines.
Coverage begins each Friday with High School GameDay beginning at 9:45pm with the tape-delayed game broadcast at 10pm. The award-winning Grange Insurance Sport Site follows the Big Game at midnight.
2008 Regular Season Games
FRI 08/22 10pm Cincinnati Colerain vs. Cincinnati St Xavier
FRI 08/29 10pm Licking Valley at Zanesville
FRI 09/05 10pm Solon at Mentor
FRI 09/12 10pm Nordonia at Brunswick
FRI 09/19 10pm Pickerington North vs. Pickerington Central
FRI 09/26 10pm Olentangy Orange vs New Albany
SAT 09/27 8pm Olentangy vs Olentangy Liberty
FRI 10/03 10pm DeSales vs. Watterson
FRI 10/10 10pm Clayton Northmont at Centerville
FRI 10/17 10pm TBD
FRI 10/24 10pm TBD
Time Warner Cable digital customers will be able to access the games on an unlimited basis on Time Warner’s Local on Demand (LOD) Channel 1111 or Channel 1.