Skyline Showdown beefs up; Record 12 games highlights opening weekend event

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13th annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown

Athletic directors and coaches from the 24 schools that will participate
in the 13th annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown gathered Tuesday at
the University of Cincinnati as event organizer Tom Gamble revealed the
lineup of games for the 2010 event.


Athletic directors and coaches from the 24 schools that will participate in the 13th annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown gathered Tuesday at the University of Cincinnati as event organizer Tom Gamble revealed the lineup of games for the 2010 event.

The Crosstown Showdown will have a record number of games (12) and will feature teams from the entire Tri-State area (Cincinnati, Dayton, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana) for the first time ever. It will stretch over five days between Aug. 20-29 with games played at UC’s Nippert Stadium as well as at Mason and Cincinnati St. Xavier high schools.

“It is incredible that in year 13 this event continues to grow and pick up steam,” Gamble said. “This is the longest running event of its kind in the U.S.”

Once again, the Crosstown Showdown has attracted a number of the top Cincinnati-area high school football teams. For once, though, the headliner is arguably a Division II school as Cincinnati Winton Woods is the defending D-II state champion.

“(Winton Woods coach Troy) Everhart texted me after the state championship last year and said, ‘Once again, a team that started its season in the Crosstown Showdown has ended its season as a state champion. Thanks,’ ” Gamble said.

Coaches attending the Tuesday press conference talked about the importance of the season-opening event.

“Playing in this thing is always a big deal,” said Elder coach Doug Ramsey. “It’s a big-game situation playing here at UC and our kids always enjoy playing in it.”

Moeller coach John Rodenberg added, “Playing in this event every year gives you a quick idea of where you stand.”

New Cincinnati coach Butch Jones – joined by assistant and former Colerain head coach Kerry Coombs – welcomed the coaches and organizers to UC.

“The Crosstown Showdown is another bullet point about what we call, ‘Represent the C,’ ” Jones said. “That means representing the Cincinnati area. A passion exists here for high school football that is second to none.”

Because Kentucky schools are able to begin regular season play a week earlier than Ohio schools, the Crosstown Showdown will begin with a  doubleheader of Kentucky games on Fri., Aug. 20, at Nippert Stadium.

It then open the Ohio high school season on Thurs., Aug. 26, with a doubleheader at Mason High School. Those games will be televised by Fox Sports Ohio.

The scene shifts to Nippert Stadium for a doubleheader Fri., Aug. 27, and four games Sat., Aug. 28. It then moves to St. Xavier High School for a doubleheader on Sun., Aug. 29. This marks the first time the Showdown has been played on a Sunday and those games – with St. Xavier hosting Good Counsel from Maryland and Huber Heights Wayne facing Cincinnati Moeller – could be televised by one of the ESPN networks.

Advance tickets for each session will continue to be $10. Tickets can be purchased at each school’s athletic department ticket office beginning July 1.

Here is the schedule for the 13th annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown:

* Fri., Aug. 20 (Nippert Stadium) – Dixie Heights vs. Newport Central Catholic, 6 p.m.; Covington Catholic vs. Ryle, 8:30 p.m.

* Thurs., Aug. 26 (Mason High School) – Loveland vs. Cincinnati Turpin, 5:30 p.m.; Trenton Edgewood vs. Cincinnati Wyoming, 8 p.m. These games will be televised by Fox Sports Net.

* Fri., Aug. 27 (Nippert Stadium) – Cincinnati Anderson vs. Cincinnati Oak Hills, 6 p.m.; Cincinnati Elder vs. Cincinnati Winton Woods, 8:30 p.m. The nightcap features the defending Division II state champion Winton Woods squad against an Elder team that went 10-3 and won the Division I Region 4 title last year.

* Sat., Aug. 28 (Nippert Stadium) – West Chester Lakota West vs. Cincinnati LaSalle, noon; Middletown vs. Simon Kenton (Ky.), 2:45 p.m.; East Central (Ind.) vs. Harrison, 5:30 p.m.; Clayton Northmont vs. Cincinnati Colerain, 8:15 p.m.

* Sun., Aug. 29 (Cincinnati St. Xavier High School) – Good Counsel (Md.) vs. Cincinnati St. Xavier, time TBA; Huber Heights Wayne vs. Cincinnati Moeller, time TBA. These games could be televised by one of the ESPN networks.

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