Football Celebrates 50th Anniversary

In the final contest of the 2014 regular season this Friday, Oct. 31, the Eagles and Knights varsity football programs will meet for a 50th consecutive year. The anniversary game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Springboro High School.

50th Anniversary - program coverThis year’s game actually marks the 53rd meeting between two of Dayton’s most prestigious high school football powers. In addition to the annual regular season showdown, colloquially coined “The Game,” the teams also met in the playoffs in 2004 (CJ, 48-24) and 1984 (Alter, 7-0). Alter leads the all-time series at 32-19-1.

“Pride is the biggest thing in this game. Any time we beat Alter, it’s a big game. Records are immaterial,” former Eagles head coach Jim Place said. The CJ Athletic Hall of Fame and Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee amassed 110 wins, eight playoff appearances, and a state championship from 1991-2005.

Between them, CJ and Alter boast three state championships -- including the city’s and the Eagles’ first in 2002 -- and 20 league championship titles since the 1990 season when both joined the Greater Catholic League together.

“The Alter-CJ game is truly special. It is usually a close game with playoff implications,” said Jason Rudzinski, Alter class of 1992. “Both sides have tremendous pride in their school and want to win the game for the seniors and former players.

“Still living in the South Dayton area, I have come across former CJ players and what stands out to me is the respect both schools have for each other.”

The history and respect between the football teams, players and coaches is memorialized in a special 16-page 50th anniversary commemorative program detailing the rivalry (cover pictured). Programs will be available during the game while supplies last.


  • A breakdown of the series results from 1964-2013
  • Memories from the first meeting as told by two 1964 Chaminade/Alter co-captains
  • A special one-page spread highlighting each of the first two games in 1964 and 1965
  • Era-by-era recaps spanning 1966-75, 1976-85, 1986-95, 1996-04, and 2005-13
  • Historic facts, photos and newspaper clippings from 50 years of football
  • And much more!

The Eagles (5-4) enter this year’s game needing a victory to keep their Division V playoff hopes alive. Alter (9-0) has secured its 14th league championship and enters the postseason as a favorite to win the Division IV state title.

Pre-sale tickets for the game will be available in the CJ athletic office starting Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults with all admission $6 at the gate. Passes may be redeemed in advance for a ticket.