Mercy Health News Conference Announces Schedule for the Crosstown Showdown, the Annual High School Football Extravaganza

Mercy Health, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, hosted a Crosstown Showdown news conference at Mercy Health – West Hospital today, Monday, May 18.

During the news conference, event organizers unveiled the complete Showdown schedule to media along with athletic directors, head football coaches, sponsors and athletic trainers from the participating schools.

Mercy Health – Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine is the presenting sponsor of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown, the nation’s premier high school football showcase and the longest running event of its kind in the United States. The season-opening high school football showcase, which first kicked off in 1998, provides a stage for the region’s elite high school football programs. More than half a million fans have watched Showdown games and the showcase draws national attention.

The 2015 Showdown again will serve as the official kickoff to high school football in the region.

Physicians with Mercy Health Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine will award Most Valuable Player plaques to one player from each team at every game. Many of Mercy Health’s dream team of orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists are team physicians with the high schools playing in the tournament.

Because fans deserve recognition for the amazing support they give this showcase, Mercy Health Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine will again present a special Fan of the Game award at each of the Showdown games between the first and second quarters of each game.

Two Northern Kentucky games, including defending Class 4A state champion Highlands playing at Class 5A state semifinalist Cooper, are scheduled for Friday, August 21. That is the first day that Kentucky schools can play games. Class 2A state semifinalist Newport Central Catholic travels to Scott in the other game that night. 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.

Showdown teams will play 17 games over a three-week period, from August 21 to September 4. It is quite an impressive field, with 21 schools having qualified for their respective state playoffs last season. The Showdown also features a defending state champion from each member of the Tri-State. La Salle won the Ohio Division II state title in 2014, Highlands captured the Kentucky Class 4A state crown and Indianapolis Cathedral won the Indiana Class 5A title.

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 finalist 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 has won five consecutive state titles, meets state semifinalist Moeller (10-4) is the second game that night, at 8 p.m. 

On Saturday, August 29, La Salle (14-1) will begin defense of its first state football title when the Lancers put their eight-game winning streak on the line against Carmel (13-1), which advanced to the Indiana Class 6A state title game last season. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

A matchup of two of the top public school programs in the region follows, when perennial state playoff 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 state titles.

Besides the marquee games at Nippert, the Showdown also again features a strong schedule of games on the first Friday night in Ohio. Six games, including Elder vs. Oak Hills, Lakota East vs. Loveland, and Mt. Healthy vs. Sycamore highlight the on-campus games on August 28.

The Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown again has chosen Mercy Health’s social service agencies St. John in Over-the-Rhine and St. Raphael in Hamilton as its charities of choice. The Crosstown Showdown will make a donation to Mercy Health - St. John and St. Raphael. Mercy Health’s social service agencies help those in need during times of crisis, providing much needed access to basic necessities to help families get back on their feet.

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