A few months after his team finished as Division V state runner-up in 2013, Hartley football coach Brad Burchfield served as the South team's head coach in the 2014 Divisions IV-VII North-South All-Star Classic.

One of his assistants in the all-star contest was Dayton Chaminade Julienne coach Marcus Colvin, who had guided the Eagles to the Division V playoffs the previous season.

Burchfield and Colvin will face one another for the first time Friday, Sept. 20, when Hartley plays host to Chaminade Julienne in a matchup of 3-0 teams.

Both the Hawks and the Eagles are in Division III this season.

"That's going to be a huge matchup statewide," Burchfield said.

"It's part of the CCL-(Greater Catholic League) crossover and I think it's going to be really neat. (Colvin and I) built a relationship when I was a North-South coach and he was my assistant, so we got to know each other and did some camp dates with each other."

While Hartley has made nine consecutive playoff appearances, Chaminade Julienne has reached the postseason the last two years and 15 times overall.

After going 7-4 last season, the Eagles have opened with three double-digit victories, including a 36-16 win over Greenville on Sept. 13.

Junior running back Marquis Henry rushed for 173 yards in a 28-7 win over Piqua on Aug. 30 and senior running back Quincy Johnson had 140 yards rushing in a 56-8 win over Cincinnati Woodward on Sept. 6.

Also against Piqua, senior quarterback Ryan Minor completed 19 of 24 passes for 238 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and sophomore Kenyon Owens had 13 receptions for 143 yards and one score.

On Sept. 13, in their first matchup with Gahanna since 1974, the Hawks gave up a pair of long touchdown passes but limited Lions quarterback Will Thomas to 9-for-28 passing for 214 yards and an interception, which George Dunor returned 73 yards to set up a touchdown.

Quarterback Miles Fleming rushed 12 times for 101 yards and a touchdown and passed for 47 yards and running back Jalan January had 26 carries for 117 yards and one score for Hartley.

The Hawks outgained the Lions, a Division I program, 408-392 in total yards.

"Two (of the passes we allowed) were home runs, but we're going to gamble," Burchfield said.

"We're bringing people and we're going to bring some heat. (Thomas) is a good player and they do a good job. There aren't many people that are playing (Cincinnati) Elder, (Dublin) Coffman and Hartley in their first three weeks. It's a great start (for us), to be 3-0 with this schedule."

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