The St. Charles Preparatory School football team will try to earn its first CCL victory in more than two years when it plays Watterson on Friday, Oct. 12, at Hagley Field.
The Cardinals have lost five consecutive league contests since beating Watterson 10-7 on Sept. 16, 2016. First-year coach Deke Hocker hasn't faced the Eagles before, but he knows what to expect.
"It's a CCL game, so you know it will be exciting," said Hocker, whose team is 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the CCL. "Every (CCL) game is a rivalry and that adds to it."
The Eagles are 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the league, coming off a 24-21 loss at Youngstown Ursuline on Oct 5. Jacob Hoying was 22-for-33 passing for 213 yards and two touchdowns.
"They play hard every game so it is going to be a tough battle," said linebacker Jake Moore, who had 10 tackles in the Cardinals' 41-14 win over Mansfield Madison on Oct. 5. "There is a lot of tradition between our teams. It's always good going over there to play at Hagley."
For Watterson against Ursuline, Tommy Bair caught six passes for 72 yards and one touchdown and rushed for a team-high 49 yards on 13 carries. Antonio Auddino had seven receptions for 45 yards and one score.
"They have a good quarterback and their running back (Bair) really runs hard," Hocker said. "From what I have seen on film, they do some good stuff offensively and really are a handful."
Against Madison, the Cardinals rushed for 384 yards and were led by Taylor Bryant with 133 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. Luke Eversole ran for 55 yards on nine carries, and Josh Mayo added 44 yards on 11 carries.
Roland Rowe caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Andy Mason, a junior who took over at quarterback after Dan DiNapoli suffered a broken leg just before halftime in a 35-7 loss to DeSales on Sept. 28.
"It was a pretty complete game," Hocker said. "We controlled the ball and took care of the ball. We controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The offensive line and defensive lines did a great job."
Moore said preparation was the key to victory against Madison, and he wants to continue that against Watterson.
"It was great to get that win," he said. "We played our game well, and we prepared well for it. We hope to do the same for Watterson and be ready for that."
Golf team reaches district tourney
The golf team played in the Division I district tournament Oct. 9 at Apple Valley, where the top two teams and top two individuals not on those teams advanced to state Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
The Cardinals were runners-up (302) in a sectional Oct. 2 at Darby Creek behind Dublin Coffman (300) as the top four teams moved on to district. Westerville Central (311) and Upper Arlington (315) also advanced.
Vince Campagni shot 74 to tie Coffman's Jacob Hazen, Westerville Central's Josh Qian and Westerville North's Pierre Southibounnorath for medalist honors.
Also competing for the Cardinals were Michael Shyu (75), Jason Zehala (76), Reece Yakubov (77) and Oliver Mauntel (81).
Soccer team wins outright CCL title
The soccer team defeated Ready 11-0 on Oct. 2 to clinch its third CCL title in four seasons.
The Cardinals went 4-0 in the league, ahead of DeSales (3-1), Hartley (2-2), Watterson (1-3) and Ready (0-4). They won the outright title in 2015 and tied DeSales for the championship in 2016.
Ben Saas scored five times and Owen Sullivan had three goals against the Silver Knights.
The Cardinals were 10-2-2 overall before playing Oct. 9 at Bexley. They close the regular season Saturday, Oct. 13, at home against New Albany, which is seeded second for the Division I district tournament.
Olentangy Liberty is the top seed and St. Charles is seeded third.
After a first-round bye, the Cardinals will play 25th-seeded Lancaster or 37th-seeded Central Crossing on Oct. 20 at home.
Below are the coming schedules for the St. Charles cross country and water polo teams:
Oct. 13 -- CCL meet at Otterbein
Oct. 11 -- Home vs. New Albany