2015 Showdown Schedule Announced
May 18, 2015
MARQUEE MATCHUPS HIGHLIGHT 2015 LINEUP
Return to UC’s Nippert Stadium Features Cincy-Indiana ShowdowCINCINNATI, Ohio (May 18, 2015) – An impressive lineup of the region’s top high school football programs, and a return to the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium with a pair of marquee big-school doubleheaders on August 28 & 29, highlight the schedule for the 2015 Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown presented by Mercy Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Meijer and Dr Pepper, the nation’s longest running prep 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 18-year anniversary with 34 schools playing 17 games for three weeks, from Friday, August 21, through Friday, September 4. Participating Showdown schools comprise top programs from Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Indiana.
Nearly three-fourths of the Showdown teams qualified for the state playoffs last fall, and the field includes three defending state champions – La Salle (Ohio Division II), Highlands (Kentucky Class 4A) and Indianapolis Cathedral (Indiana Class 5A) – along with two state runner-ups in Newport Central Catholic (Kentucky Class 2A) and Carmel (Indiana Class 6A).
The 2015 Showdown again will serve as the official kickoff to high school football in the region. Two Northern Kentucky games, Highlands playing at Class 5A state semifinalist Cooper and Newport Central Catholic at Scott, are scheduled for Friday, August 21. That is the first day that Kentucky schools can play regular-season games. Both games will kick off at 7 p.m.
Five days later, on Wednesday, August 26, the Showdown kicks off the high school football season in Ohio when Purcell Marian plays Summit Country Day at the University of Cincinnati’s Sheakley Athletics Center, site for Showdown games the last three years. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Two Showdown games also are scheduled for Sheakley the following night, August 27, with Newport playing Reading at 5:30 p.m., followed by Finneytown versus Roger Bacon at 8.
There are four marquee matchups between top programs from Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Indiana taking place at UC’s newly renovated Nippert Stadium, which has been the primary site for Showdown games since the event’s inception back in 1998.
Covington Catholic (8-4 in 2014) meets St. Xavier (10-3), an Ohio Division I regional semifinalist last season, in the first of two games on Friday, August 28. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Cathedral (9-5), which has won an Indiana state record 30 straight playoff games and five consecutive state titles, meets regional finalist / state semifinalist Moeller (10-4) in the second game at 8.
On Saturday, August 29, La Salle (14-1) will begin defense of its state football title when the Lancers put their eight-game winning streak on the line against Carmel (13-1), which spent last season ranked No. 1 in Indiana and also ranked nationally by USA Today. Kickoff is 6 p.m.
A matchup of two of the region’s top public school programs follows, when perennial state contender Colerain (8-4) plays Warren Central, Ind. (9-3). Kickoff is 8:30. Warren Central won the Indiana Class 6A state title in 2013 and has won six of the last 12 big-school state titles.
Besides the marquee games at Nippert, the Showdown also again features a strong schedule on the first Friday night in Ohio. Six games, Elder vs. Oak Hills, Lakota East vs. Loveland, Mt. Healthy vs. Sycamore, Princeton vs. Winton Woods, Canton GlenOak vs. Lakota West and Anderson vs. Bishop Fenwick, will be played at on-campus sites on August 28.
The Showdown continues the following Friday, with two games scheduled for September 4 – Mariemont at Batavia and a matchup of rivals in Kentucky, when Boone Country travels to Ryle.
“We are very pleased to offer high school football fans some great matchups,” said Tom Gamble, president of In-Game Sports. “To be able to return to UC’s Nippert Stadium, the center stage for the Showdown since the beginning way back in 1998, with such awesome games makes it even more exciting. Not to mention the games we have scheduled to be played at Sheakley, which is a really cool venue for football, and on-campus sites as well.”
SHOWDOWN TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets to all games played at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium and Sheakley Athletic Center will be available at participating schools beginning Monday, July 13.
For information on tickets to Showdown games played on high school campuses, fans should contact the athletic department of the participating schools for further details.
Fans also can visit the Showdown website at www.skylinecrosstownshowdown.com.