Crosstown Starts 2007 Prep Season

For the tenth season the Crosstown Showdown will kick off the Ohio High School football season with a record twenty teams taking part. Here is a quick look at the match-ups and the reason fans in Southwest Ohio will be heading to three different locations to watch some great action.

Everything gets underway on Wednesday night at Princeton High School's Viking Stadium with a 6:00 kickoff as Loveland (3-7) will battle Roger Bacon (5-5) followed by Princeton (3-7) taking on Western Hills (3-7) around 8:15.

None of these teams took part in last season's Crosstown and many are talking about some of the players taking the field for Princeton especially super-soph Spencer Ware.  A fast rising prospect for the 2010 class, Ware brings great athletic ability to the field and will look to help the Vikings get back into the running as a team to watch in Cincinnati this fall.

Thursday night fans can return to Princeton High School for the next two match-ups as Glen Este (9-3) will take on a very tough Turpin (12-2) team with three Division One prospects at 6:00.  Glen Este has made the past two playoffs with very good teams and Turpin is expecting to have a another record setting season with offensive lineman Aaron Van Kuiken (Virginia) and wide receiver Andy Cruse (Miami Ohio) heading up the offense and linebacker Luke Kelly (Miami Ohio) providing the defensive leadership.

At 8:15 another great match-up will be played as Edgewood (9-2) will battle Kings (8-2).  Both teams have players to watch as Edgewood will look for senior running back John Elder to again help the Cougars to a winning season.  He'll be helped by senior quarterback Nate Thomas and junior receiver Xavier Fugate who is a player to keep an eye on at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds.

Kings Head Coach Andy Olds has some weapons of his own and will look for his senior quarterback Bruce Ernest to lead the way.  The Knights have some younger players looking to breakout along with some players who've made position moves to help shore up and strengthen the team overall.

Danny Hagee will return to his natural position of tight-end this season after helping along the offensive line as a tackle.  At 6-foot-5, 235-pounds, Hagee has several MAC programs taking hard looks.  Also keep an eye out for junior wide receiver Derrick Harris who shows signs of being a good one.

Friday night the Crosstown moves to Yager Stadium on the campus of Miami Ohio for some "Big School" match-ups.  In the 6:00 opener Mason (5-5) will battle Moeller (5-5).  With a new head coach at Mason we're not sure what to expect from the Comets. 

The "Men" of Moeller will look to senior quarterback Ross Oltorik to show them the way.  The Crusaders will be playing with heavy hearts as they've lost two of their former teammates this past summer.  Look for Moeller to play tough physical football and again try and return to the playoffs by playing a tough schedule.

The second game of the night pits Colerain (13-1) against Huber Heights Wayne (7-3) in what should be another hard fought game.  The Cardinals take to the field without longtime head coach Kerry Coombs but full of talent. 

Senior Ravelle Sadler will look to head up the defensive along with senior Brandon Mills who shows Terrill Bryd type qualities along the defensive front.  Standing 6-foot, 260-pounds, Mills may be short in stature but big on making plays.

On offense the play of senior quarterback Doug Reynolds will be key as the Cardinals will look to open up their offense a little more with his passing abilities and the running ability of senior running back Dominique Sherrer.

For the Wayne Warriors they'll enter with talent but many questions to be answered after the loss of several top seniors from last year's team.  On defense senior defensive linemen David Dick and Jerel Worthy will team with up and coming junior Anthony Pyle to give the Warriors a powerful defensive front.  Also looking to make a mark is freshman Braxton Miller who is already turning heads at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds.

On offense the Warriors will have many questions but know senior running back Stephen Curtis has the skills to take it to the house on any carry.  The offensive line may not be the biggest but they'll be technically sound with seniors Mike Conrads and Tommy Berry leading the way.

Two other seniors to keep an eye on are Troy Gilmer and Dustin Harrison.  Gilmer can lineup at several positions on offense and also at linebacker on defense.  Harrison lines up at linebacker.

This give you an idea of just the first three nights of the Crosstown with a full day of action at Nippert Stadium on the University of Cincinnati campus set for Saturday starting at 12:00.  Later this week we'll have a look at the four games set for Saturday as there are several top match-ups slated.

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