The 21st annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown is loaded with talented teams, including five that are ranked in our Preseason 100. The 22 games will also feature six defending state champs.
The marquee matchup will feature defending Ohio Division I champ Pickerington Central, ranked No. 11 in our national rankings, taking-on defending Illinois 5A champ Phillips Academy, ranked No. 62 in the Preseason 100. The game that will be played at Otterbein University will air on ESPN on August 26.
Another big one will take place on August 24 when No. 81 Colerain hosts La Salle in a top-flight Buckeye State clash. Colerain advanced to the Division I semis last year, while La Salle won three straight Division II titles from 2014 through 2016. The Lancers are in our On the Bubble rankings (No. 101 through No. 125) at No. 107.
That same night, defending Division III champ Trotwood-Madison will travel to Winton Woods. T-W is currently ranked just outside the Preseason 100 at No. 117. Last year, the Rams, who won the Division III state title, finished No. 24 in our national rankings that are created with our proprietary algorithm.
In October, there are two matchups involving Preseason 100 teams. On October 5, No. 83 Elder faces Archbishop Moeller at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, while on October 26 it will be the Battle of the St. X’s as No. 67 St. Xavier from Ohio squares-off with the Tigers from Kentucky, who received honorable mention in our national rankings.
Elder is the only team to play in every Showdown. The Panthers own a 17-3 record in the first twenty years of the event..
Everything gets started August 17 with the Indiana/Kentucky kickoff. In Indiana, defending 4A champ East Central plays Lawrenceburg, while in Kentucky defending 5A champ Covington Catholic plays Ryle.
2018 Skyline Chili Crosstown Kickoff Schedule
INDIANA / KENTUCKY KICKOFF
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
(East Central High School)
East Central vs. Lawrenceburg, 7:30 p.m.
(Ryle High School)
Covington Catholic vs. Ryle, 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22
(Withrow High School)
Withrow vs. Woodward, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23
(Princeton High School)
Anderson vs. Mt. Healthy, 7 p.m.
(Stargel Stadium, Taft High School)
Taft vs. Thurgood Marshall, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24
(Beechwood High School)
Beechwood vs. Lloyd, 7:30 p.m.
(Colerain High School)
Colerain vs. La Salle, 7 p.m.
(Princeton High School)
Milford vs. Princeton, 7 p.m.
Loveland vs. Sycamore, 7 p.m.
(Winton Woods High School)
Trotwood-Madison vs., Winton Woods, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
(Otterbein University, Columbus)
Phillips, IL vs. Pickerington Central, 12:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
(Lakota East High School)
Kings vs. Lakota East, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
(Wyoming High School)
CHCA vs. Wyoming, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
(West Clermont High School)
Turpin vs. West Clermont, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
(Lakota West High School)
Lakota West vs. Oak Hills, 7 p.m.
(Springboro High School)
Centerville vs. Springboro, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
(Mariemont High School)
Indian Hill vs. Mariemont, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
(Harrison High School)
Harrison vs. Little Miami, 7 p.m.
Elder vs. Moeller, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
(Lebanon Junior High School)
Lebanon vs. Miamisburg, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
(Cooper High School)
Conner vs. Cooper, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
(St. Xavier High School)
Louisville St. Xavier vs. St. Xavier, 7 p.m.