CJ varsity football will battle Alter on Friday, Ocotber 28 for area bragging rights and an outright GCL North title beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Trotwood Madison Sports-Plex.
Support the Eagles by purchasing your pre-sale tickets in the athletic office before the game ($6 for adults, $4 for students), and join us during halftime as we celebrate the Division II state championship women’s golf team.
THE CJ VS. ALTER CROSSTOWN BREAKDOWN
GCL North Marquee Match-up – CJ (7-2 overall, 6-0 GCL) has an opportunity to maintain momentum and spoil Alter’s undefeated season with an eighth consecutive win in Week 10. No GCL football team has recorded a longer win streak than either of the two Dayton schools this season. During their respective streaks, the Eagles have outgunned opponents by an average of 25 points per game; the Knights have outscored all-comers by an average of three touchdowns a game.
Football Firsts – A victory Friday will give first-year head coach Marcus Colvin and the Eagles football program its first taste of a GCL championship in more than a decade, and would cement CJ’s place in the first round of the Division IV playoffs.
Ranking the Rivalry – Both teams are ranked in the top 10 of the latest Associated Press state high school football poll. The Eagles earned the No. 10 spot in Division IV for the first time on Tuesday, October 25. Alter comes in as the No. 2 team in Division III. The week 10 computer rankings (used to determine playoff eligibility) have Alter at No. 6 in Region 12 (D-III) and CJ at No. 3 in Region 16 (D-IV). The top eight teams in each region receive playoff bids.
Senior Captains’ Keys to Success
Marco Gresham (SS): “For us, the keys are going to be having a powerful offensive line, a powerful running game and a hard-nosed defense to stop their offense. Staying composed will be important.”
Darian Reynolds (WR, CB): “Execution is key. If we can execute our game plan both defensively and offensively, we’ll be set up in a position to win the game. We also need to stay level headed and keep playing until the final whistle blows. We can’t get too caught up in the hype.”
Sam Spees (QB, K, P): “I think the big key is staying together as a team. If we can execute on both sides of the ball, and if we win the kicking game, I think that will give us the best chance at winning.”
A ‘Goodwill’ Game – Goodwill Industries International and WHIO-TV have teamed up to recognize the much-anticipated match-up as the Drive to Victory game of the week! Both Alter and CJ have agreed to a friendly competition accepting donations for the Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley store. The school that collects the most weight will be announced the winner on WHIO’s Touchdown 7 and may receive up to $900 in scholarships.
Drop off your donations at CJ to the trailer located in the Washington Street parking lot. Donations will be accepted Monday through Thursday, October 24-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday, October 28 from 8 a.m. to noon.
SUPPORT FROM THE SIDELINES
Be sure to show your support for the ladies rooting on the boys in blue and green, CJ's football cheerleading squad! The team wil be recognized this week as the feature team, along with football, by the Spirit Committee!