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2017 Cathedral Football Schedule Set

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Cathedral will open the 2017 football season in Louisville, Kentucky on August 18 against St. Xavier High School.  It will be the first meeting between the Irish and the Tigers since 1929.  This season’s schedule features six out-of-state opponents including two defending state champions in Ohio Division I titlist Cincinnati St. Xavier and Michigan Division II champion Martin Luther King.  Six of this year’s opponents won ten or more games in 2016.  The combined schedule produced an 87-31 record (.737) last year.

2017 Cathedral Football Schedule

August 11 Controlled Scrimmage (at Pike) 7:00 pm
August 18 at Louisville St. Xavier (Kentucky) 7:30 pm
August 26 vs Detroit Martin Luther King (at Wayne State) 6:00 pm
September 1 at Pickerington Central (Ohio) 7:30 pm
September 8 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 7:00 pm
September 15 at Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio) 7:00 pm
September 22 Jeffersonville (Homecoming at Butler Bowl) 7:00 pm
September 29 at Ryle (Kentucky) 7:30 pm
October 7 Lakewood St. Edward (Ohio) (at Arsenal Tech) 1:00 pm
October 13 Center Grove (at Arsenal Tech) 7:00 pm

 

Six 2016 opponents are not on the 2017 schedule including East Noble, Arsenal Tech, Mishawka, Fishers, Brebeuf Jesuit, and Rhea County (Tennessee).

2017 Opponent Overviews

St. Xavier (Louisville, Kentucky) – The Tigers finished 2016 with a 10-4 record, losing to eventual undefeated state champion Louisville Trinity in the (largest) Class 6-A state tournament semifinals.  St. Xavier’s coach is former NFL offensive lineman Will Wolford, a St. X graduate.  His top college prospect is offensive lineman Wyatt Smock (6-4, 290 pounds) who has a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville among other colleges.  The 12-time state champion Tigers last won the Class 6-A championship in 2009.  Cathedral played St. Xavier played eight times in the 1920s with the all-time series tied 4-4.

Martin Luther King (Detroit, Michigan) – The Crusaders won their second consecutive, and third overall, Michigan Division II (second largest class) state championship in 2016. The King defense allowed only 35 points in five tournament games last season and returned two interceptions for touchdowns in an 18-0 title game victory.  The Crusaders’ 12-2 record a year ago included two losses against Detroit Cass Tech, which went undefeated while winning the Michigan Division I state title.  King returns ten starters from the 2016 championship team including six who were sophomores a year ago.  The game will be the first for Cathedral against MLK and in the Detroit Prep Kickoff Classic.

Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) – The Tigers were 12-2 in 2016, losing in the Division I (largest class) state tournament semifinals to eventual champion Cincinnati St. Xavier 29-27.  Since 2006, Pickerington Central has averaged more than 10 wins per season, reached the state tournament every year, and advanced to the title game twice.  The Tigers return tight end Trenton Gillison and defensive back Xavier Henderson.  The seniors have both committed to Michigan State.  The Tigers last played an Indiana school in 2010 when they defeated Plainfield 38-0 at the Warren Central Gridiron Classic.

Indianapolis Bishop Chatard – The Trojans closed the 2016 campaign with their worst record since 2000, finishing 6-6 following a sectional championship game loss.  Cathedral graduate Vince Lorenzano retired after 14 seasons as Chatard’s head coach, during which he won seven state championships, eight semi-state crowns, 11 regional titles, and 12 sectionals.  Long-time Chatard assistant coach Rob Doyle has been elevated to the head coaching position.  The Irish defeated the Trojans 44-10 last season for their eleventh win in the last 12 meetings between the rivals.  Cathedral leads the all-time series 24-18.

St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) – The Bombers entered the Division I (largest class) Ohio state tourney last season with a 5-5 record, but then won five straight games, including three in overtime, to earn the school’s third football state title, the first since 2007.  In 2016, St. Xavier defeated Cathedral 34-29 at the Butler Bowl for its 14th consecutive win in the series.  St. X Quarterback Sean Clifford, who threw for four touchdowns and ran for another four TDs in the last three wins over the Irish, has moved on to Penn State.  However, his understudy, senior Chase Wolf, returns.  Wolf has committed to play in college at the University of Wisconsin.

Jeffersonville – In 2016, the Red Devils won three of their first four games, but finished the season with a 4-6 record following a 62-6 Class 6-A sectional loss to eventual state tournament runner-up Center Grove.  Jeffersonville had winning records in its previous four seasons.  The Red Devils have never advanced beyond the regional round of the state tournament with the last of their four sectional titles coming in 2007.  The only previous meeting between the two schools was in 1927 when Cathedral shut out Jeffersonville 57-0.

Ryle (Union, Kentucky) – The Raiders tied a school record in 2016 with 12 wins, while recording their first-ever undefeated regular season.  Ryle’s only loss came in the Kentucky (largest) Class 6-A state tournament quarterfinals 42-40 against Scott County.  Senior running back Jacob Chisholm will lead the Raiders’ offense.  Last season as a junior, Chisholm rushed for 1,681 yards and 22 touchdowns.  He also caught 31 passes for 605 yards and four more TDs.  Chisholm will run behind an offensive line that returns four starters.  Cathedral and Ryle have never played in varsity football.

St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) – The Eagles compiled a 9-3 record in 2016 with two of their losses coming against eventual Division I (largest class) state tournament runner-up Cleveland St. Ignatius.  The second defeat, 38-31 in overtime, came in the tourney quarterfinals.  The Eagles have won three football state championships in the last seven years.  Defensive back Michael McDowell leads the St. Edward defense.  McDowell has committed to play in college at Michigan State alongside his older twin brothers, junior linebacker Andrew and sophomore safety David.  This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Center Grove – The Trojans have defeated the Irish three consecutive seasons by a combined 16 points.  Last season, Center Grove prevailed 44-41 in overtime in the regular season finale.  The Trojans advanced to the Class 6-A championship game for the second consecutive season, but failed to defend their 2015 title, falling to Carmel 16-13 in overtime.  Graduated are running backs Russ Yeast (Louisville) and Titus McCoy (Indiana State).  Center Grove returns just four starters from last year’s 12-2 state runner-up team.  The Trojans lead the all-time series against Cathedral 3-2.

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