CLEVELAND — It’s the high school football game that needs no introduction. Two words: Holy War!
It doesn’t get any bigger or better than this. St. Ignatius (9-0) will take on St. Edward’s (9-0) Saturday at Byers Field in front of a sold-out crowd of about 14,000 people.
“There is so much familiarity with the programs, where these guys have come from, neighborhood kids, it’s really exciting, we can’t wait for it,” said St. Ed’s football coach Rick Finotti.
This will be the 50th meeting between the two schools, who are ranked one and two in computer points for Division 1, Region 1.
“Both of us are in the playoffs, both of us are secure, so it’s not like the computer points are hanging in the balance, it’s not that at all, it’s just great football,” said St. Ignatius head coach Chuck Kyle.
St. Ed’s was a little banged up after last Saturday’s come-from-behind win over Cincinnati Moeller. Rest assured the Eagles will be ready for the Wildcats on Saturday night.
“We have a next man in philosophy, I know it’s cliché, but that is what we do,” said Finotti. “We give everybody a lot of reps when we started out June 5th.”
Over at St. Ignatius, the Wildcats have a chance to reach a milestone on Saturday with a win. Not only would they be 10-0 heading into the playoffs, but head coach Chuck Kyle would record his 300th career victory.
“I think I would certainly rather say that we are going to win 305, because if you add it up, it would be nice. I’d certainly celebrate that one,” Kyle said.
Win or lose, both teams are headed to the playoffs and could meet up again in round three of the playoffs.
Saturday’s game kicks at 7 p.m.