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2014 Showdown Schedule Announced

May 12, 2014


Classic Neighborhood Rivalries Highlight This Year’s Event Schedule


CINCINNATI, Ohio (May 12, 2014) – A lineup of the region’s top high school football programs, featuring some classic neighborhood rivalries, highlights the schedule for the 2014 Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown presented by Mercy Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Meijer and Dr Pepper, the nation’s largest and longest running high school football showcase.

The Showdown schedule, which accompanies this release, was announced today by In-Game Sports, the event manager, at a news conference held at the Mercy Health – West Hospital.

In all, the Showdown will celebrate its 17-year anniversary with 50 schools playing 25 games from Friday, August 22, through Friday, September 5.  Participating Showdown schools comprise Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana, Columbus and Dayton.

“Great neighborhood rivalries are the essence of what the Showdown is all about, and what it was founded on back in 1998,” said In-Game Sports President Tom Gamble.  “The event name says it all and, without a doubt, this year’s schedule has the largest number of great rivalries.  Remember, I am a big fan of high school football, too, and these games are awesome for fans.”

Showdown XVII features four schools renewing rivalries for the first time in years.  Colerain will play La Salle at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, at Miami University’s Yager Stadium.  These two schools, separated by just four miles, last played each other back in 2004.

Also, on that same night, Elder will travel to Delhi to face Oak Hills.  Elder and Oak Hills have not played since 2008, when they met for the final time in a series that began in 1979 and continued for 30 consecutive years before being discontinued.

Clinton-Massie, the two-time defending Ohio Division IV state champions, will begin its quest for a three-peat against a very familiar opponent in Blanchester.  The longest running rivalry in the state that includes a traveling trophy, these two schools celebrate the 50-year anniversary of playing for the “Cider Keg.”  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, at Blanchester.

Other rivalries featured in the 2014 Showdown include:  McNicholas vs. Turpin; East Central vs. Harrison; Lawrenceburg vs. Taylor; Carlisle vs. Franklin; Covington Catholic vs. Dixie Heights; and Cooper vs. Ryle, which will serve as the official Kentucky Kickoff on Friday, Aug.  22.

While not a rivalry based on geographic proximity, two-time defending Ohio Division I state champion Moeller will begin its season by facing a team that nearly derailed its 2012 state title run, Pickerington North.  The Crusaders defeated Pickerington North, 26-21, in the state semifinals that year.  They will meet at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Crew Stadium in Columbus.

Here are some of the other Showdown XVII highlgihts:

  • While UC’s Nippert Stadium, the annual host facility for some of the Showdown’s bigger games, is under renovation and unavailable for play, the event will feature a tripleheader on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Sheakley Athletics Center on UC’s campus in Clifton.
  • The Showdown makes its first stop at Crew Stadium in Columbus, home of the Major Soccer League Columbus Crew and host to select high school football games since it first opened on May 15, 1999.  The facility will host Rock on the Range later this week.
  • For the first time in event history, Showdown games continue into the second week of the Kentucky and Ohio regular seasons.  Four games are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5.
  • Three defending state champions will begin their title defense in the Showdown, with both Moeller and Clinton-Massie vying for three-peats in their respective divisions.  Loveland opens its Division II title defense after an impressive 15-0 season in 2013.


Advance tickets for all Showdown games can be purchased at participating schools for those specific games.  Fans are encouraged to check with their respective school for date that the tickets go on sale and summer box office hours, which typically vary by school.



All of the latest Showdown information can be found on the Showdown App, brought to you by First Financial Bank, the Official Bank and Technology Provider of the Showdown.  Fans can get updated event information, special offers from Showdown partners, find ticket and parking information, etc. by downloading the Showdown App today, at www.bankatfirst.com/showdown.



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