Mentor vs. Shaker Heights, Cleveland St. Ignatius vs. Cincinnati, Archbishop Moeller, Cincinnati St. Xavier vs. Massillon Washington and Northwestern vs. Ohio State.
That's right, Northwestern University vs. Ohio State University, Friday night. While the game was taking place in Evanston, Illinois, and not in Columbus, he was televised on Big Ten Network. Ohio State, one of the top-ranked university teams in the country and one of the strongest bases, played Friday night in direct competition with several hundred high school games across the state.
And it was not the only college football game on Friday night. There were three other FBS matches (I-A), including an Atlantic Coast Conference match between Pittsburgh and Syracuse. During the first eight weeks of the season, there were about 25 major college football games on Friday night.
A number of Ohio high schools have moved their games earlier in the hope of finishing before the start of the Ohio State-Northwestern match. Others have moved their games to Thursday or Saturday. At least one school – the Ursuline Academy of Cincinnati – has urged its fans not to watch the game at Ohio State:
"Make a statement to Ohio State by NOT watching their Friday night game this week. Friday nights are dedicated to HS football. Let's continue like this. Support your local team. We play the Boardman and we would love to welcome you to our stands, but that's not the question. Support HS football. "
High schools should not have to adjust their schedules to allow colleges to play on Friday nights. Coaches, administrators and high school supporters oppose colleges playing on Friday nights. The NFHS and its associations of Member States oppose. Even the leaders of the Ohio State Administration did not initially support the idea of playing the Buckeyes on Friday night. Friday nights are dedicated to high school football and should remain so.
Two years ago, NFHS members adopted the following resolution:
"Whether it be RESOLVED Every Friday night in the fall in the United States, it's the "football night at school".
"Whether it be MORE RESOLVED Collegiate and professional football teams should not schedule games on Friday nights. Such restraint would be an investment in their own future success. It would also demonstrate that high school football has a value well beyond the playground. Schools, communities and school teams for girls and boys all benefit when football is strong.
"THEREFORE, the National Federation of State University Associations urges all parties to respect the basic principle of this resolution. "
In addition to the Big Ten conference, the Pac-12, Mountain West, Atlantic Coast and American conference teams, as well as the USA conference, played on Friday night. When current television contracts expire, all members of the high school community want new agreements to keep Friday night for high school football.
Friday nights provide communities with a traditional place and place to gather and support their students. As was the case last week in Ohio, a match against a college Friday night has an impact on the interest and attendance of high school games.
Let's continue on Friday night in the fall for high school football. It's a win-win for everyone.