Jeff Pharion is reminded whenever he walks through the St. Charles Preparatory School gymnasium and sees a banner inscribed with the last league title for his football program -- 1962, five years before the coach was born.
The Cardinals are guaranteed at least a share of the CCL-Silver Division title when they play Friday, Oct. 25, at Watterson.
Entering the contest, St. Charles is 1-0 in the league, DeSales is 1-1 and Watterson is 0-1.
"All I know (is) that (the last CCL title) was 1962, and that's a long time ago," Pharion said. "The thing is that we just want to go out and win it all."
Watterson enters the game at 2-5 overall after losing to DeSales 13-3 on Oct. 18. St. Charles, which is 6-2 overall, defeated DeSales 36-0 on Oct. 4.
The Eagles lead the series 37-9. The teams did not play from 1964-72, but have met in all other seasons since 1957.
St. Charles last defeated Watterson in 2011, 23-13.
"(Playing Watterson) is always big in the sense that it's a league game, but we have to treat it like any other game," said senior defensive lineman Gabe Klingler, who had two sacks in a 37-15 victory at Kings Mills Kings on Oct. 18. "We want to win any league game, but we just have to go out and beat the other team, no matter who we play."
Junior slotback NiQuille Bell rushed for 160 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries against Kings.
Senior quarterback Ryan Bailey was 3-for-6 passing for 16 yards with a 4-yard touchdown to senior wide receiver Ben Hale. Bailey also ran for 55 yards and one touchdown on eight carries.
Senior running back Michael Hamrock rushed for 51 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries and senior running back John Quinn added a 1-yard touchdown run. Sophomore place-kicker Will Groeber made a 37-yard field goal.
Soccer team reaches district semifinal
The 12th-seeded soccer team was 9-4-4 before playing eighth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 23.
The winner advanced to play top-seeded Olentangy Liberty, 16th-seeded Pickerington North or 44th-seeded Franklin Heights in a district final Saturday, Oct. 26, at Westerville Central.
The Cardinals defeated Pickerington North 2-0 on Sept. 5.
The district champion plays in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Gahanna against Dublin Jerome, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Davidson or New Albany.
The regional final is Nov. 2 at Jerome.
St. Charles had a first-round bye before defeating Zanesville 5-0 on Oct. 19 in the second round. Senior defender Drew Hicks, senior forward Will Walther, senior midfielder/defender Zack Zebula, junior forward Jack Engert and junior midfielder Niko Strickler all scored. Junior goalkeeper Josh Zebula had two saves and junior goalie Bryan Ross had one save.
Runners qualify for regional
The cross country team finished fourth in the Division I, district 3 meet Oct. 19 at Watkins Memorial as the top six teams and top 24 individuals advanced to regional Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pickerington North.
The top four teams and top 16 individuals at regional qualify for state Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.
At district, Lancaster finished first of 16 teams with 36 points. Liberty (55), Olentangy (99), St. Charles (111), Bradley (146) and Teays Valley (179) were the other regional qualifiers.
Freshman Kevin Hennessey led the Cardinals by finishing eighth (16 minutes, 40.28 seconds) behind champion Toby Hardwick (15:37.75) of Newark.
Junior Brendan Harty (12th, 16:45.85) was next for St. Charles, followed by junior Nathan Herriman (26th, 17:20.91), junior Nick Marino (31st, 17:38.02), senior Anthony Schneider (34th, 17:45.25), senior Angelo Rivera (41st, 17:55.11) and senior Eric Taylor (43rd, 17:56.46).
Water polo team qualifies for state
The water polo team is 18-13 overall entering the state tournament Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, at Mason.
St. Charles opens Friday, Oct. 25, against the South Region's second seed, Upper Arlington.
The loser is eliminated, but the winner advances to play Thomas Worthington later that day.
The Cardinals went 2-1 to finish third in the North Region tournament Oct. 18 and 19 at Napoleon. Thomas won the event and will be the North's top seed at state, and Toledo St. John's qualified as runner-up.
Senior utility player Andrew Hoffman scored 18 goals and was named to the all-region team with goalie Dylan Hammon, who combined with junior goalie Jack Lumpe for 25 saves.
O'Brien improves on second day of state golf
Junior Eddie O'Brien represented the golf team in the Division I state tournament Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course and shot a 172. He had a 91 (48-43) the first day and an 81 (41-40) the second day.
O'Brien tied for 44th among 72 competitors.
Jerome (641) won its third consecutive state championship ahead of runner-up Pickerington North (646) and Dublin Coffman's Nick Sparling (146) was medalist for the second year in a row.