Aves set to ‘battle for skies’

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Alex Wittenbaum and Jordan Baker

After nine weeks of play, the Varsity football team will compete in its final game of the season on Fri. Oct. 31 against Mason in the annual Battle of the Skies game. The game has earned its name due to the schools’ mascots, the Aves and Comets

This season has not gone as planned for the Aves, as they sit above .500 with five wins and four losses. They are three and three in Greater Miami Conference (GMC) play.

“I am happy with at least a .500 record. Being a senior, I would have liked to have seen a playoff game, but it will be fun to watch my last high school football game against Mason. The rivalry is like no other,” senior Jeffery Ferrell said

The team was eliminated from the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) playoffs in last week’s loss to Colerain.

“Colrain’s quickness and speed was definitely too much for us. They are by far the best in the GMC, and may even be the best in the state,” said senior Ivan Porollo.

2014 marks the second year in a row that SHS has not qualified for the playoffs. On the other hand, if Mason defeats SHS, then they will clinch the final playoff spot.

“The team’s goal should be to stop Mason. Plain and simple. The last thing I want is for the comets to make the playoffs,” said sophomore Noah Stern.

This will be the final game for the Class of 2015 football players. In their careers, they qualified for the playoffs twice (2011, 2012), losing both times in the first round.

Past Battle of the Skies games:

  • 2007: SHS- 21, MHS- 7
  • 2008: SHS- 34, MHS- 10
  • 2009: SHS- three, MHS- 10
  • 2010: SHS- 27, MHS- 24 (Overtime)
  • 2011: SHS- 13, MHS- 14
  • 2012: SHS- 42, MHS- 33
  • 2013: SHS- 35, MHS- 28