The first Friday night of the high school football season always brings a lot of excitement and anticipation, but Lima Senior and Lima Central Catholic added a little more of both those things to their first games with the announcement on Tuesday that they will open the season against each other.
Their Aug. 30 game at Spartan Stadium will be the first time LCC and Lima Senior have faced each other in football.
“This is something that is going to be good for the city. It’s kind of an historic game,” Lima Senior athletic director John Zell said on Tuesday at a press conference to announce the game.
“Lima Senior and Lima Central Catholic have never played football and Lima South and Lima Central have never played St. Rose or St. John’s. It’s something that has never been done before in the city of Lima. We’re excited,” he said.
LCC athletic director Frank Kill said, “This is a great opportunity for our two communities to come together. We both were kind of looking for a Week One match-up. Competitively, I think we can play with each other. We should have plenty of excitement, plenty of hype for the first week of football around here.”
Talks about the game began in late November. “We play each other in all the other sports, so why not in football?” Zell said.
LCC, which does not have a league affiliation, had an opening on its schedule in the first week of the season. Lima Senior got out of a contract with Dayton Northmont to set up the match-up against LCC.
Lima Senior is Division II in football and LCC is Division VI. For now, the contract is for one season.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.