Carmel and La Salle (OH) to play at University of Cincinnati As Part of A Crosstown Showdown

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As part of a 2-week promotion of football, Skyline Chili’s Crosstown Showdown will take the best teams from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana and pit them together at various locations.

Ethan Merriweather, Wide Receiver and junior, said that “Via this promotion, the team we’re facing (La Salle [OH]) can learn about how we play in Indiana. It’s almost like the State Championship.”

Coach Zachary Jones, Defensive Line Coach and Engineering Department Teacher, said that the matchup is “a really good test. It’s against an opponent we don’t normally face since they’re out of state, and arguably the best team in Ohio. Like Carmel, they’ve won several state championships.

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The Crosstown Showdown showcases some of the best high school football teams in the region as part of a “preseason tournament”. Carmel will play its first game on August 21.

Carmel and La Salle (OH) are two of the teams playing in the Showdown and will compete at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

When told that La Salle was ranked higher preseason then Carmel, Merriweather said, “We approach this like every other game, since we’re not paying attention to rankings.”

Jones agreed on this matter. “Rankings are not important, however it should put a bit of fire in our guys, since it’s against a skilled opponent, so it will be a challenge.”

The first two teams compete on August 21.

Carmel and La Salle are two of the teams competing at the University of Cincinnati. Another team is Warren Central, who will also be competing immediately following the Carmel-La Salle match at the University of Cincinnati stadium.

“Warren will have a good test against a strong opponent, so for both us and Warren, it will be good for both programs,” Jones said.

Both Jones and Merriweather agreed that this will be a great game to watch for fans.

“This is a new experience for me, and I’m excited for it,” Merriweather said.

“It will be a long drive, but do come and watch,” Jones said.

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