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When the 2017 football season begins, 12 teams will make up the Cross County Conference. With Tri-Village and
Ft. Loramie being the two newest members of the conference, Bradford will re-join the CCC. All teams will
play two non-conference games before getting into the conference schedule. CNO File Photos

Cross County Conference football gets new look
Three teams to join the conference
By George Starks

When the 2017 OHSAA football season starts it will feature three more teams on the schedule.

Tri-Village and Ft. Loramie will be new on the Cross County Conference scene while a familiar name, Bradford, will be re-joining the conference.

All teams will play two non-conference games with eight in-conference match-ups.

The Patriots will open up at home with Dayton Jefferson on August 25th and will then go on the road to New Miami a week later.

Tri-Village will then welcome Bethel in week three for its first taste of conference action. After that, the Patriots will play some interesting teams.

Week six, they will hook up for the second time at home with Bradford.

Last season, the two teams locked horns at Bradford, with the Roaders coming away with a late game victory.

Week eight will see the Pats at Ft. Loramie and at Ansonia a week later before ending the season at home with Arcanum.

Bradford will open the season at New Bremen and will then host Troy Christian a week later for its two non-conference games before playing at Arcanum in week three.

Bradford will face two of the best teams in the conference in weeks seven and eight with first at Miami East then at home with Covington.

The Roaders will then hit the road for a week nine game at Bethel before closing out at home with Ansonia.

Ft. Loramie will look to have the toughest schedule of the three newcomers.

The Redskins will open their season at one of the best teams in the MAC, Minster.

They will open the CCC portion of the schedule in week three at Covington, a 10-0 team a year ago.

Loramie will then host Miami East a week later in week four.

Other interesting non-conference games during the season will see Covington playing at St. Henry and then at home with Minster.

Miami East will open at home with Milton-Union and then at Lehman Catholic.

Mississinawa Valley will open at Union City then home with New Bremen.

This setup, in my opinion, has been a long time coming.

Bradford is finally back in the conference where it belongs and football should have been at Tri-Village 40+ years ago.

I’ve got mixed emotions about Ft. Loramie joining the conference but everyone needs to be somewhere. Anna found a home in the MAC and now its Ft. Loramie’s turn.

It will be interesting to see how this new system will all pan out.

Personally, I like it because it allows for one additional non-conference game for the teams and everyone knows the in the CCC, non-conference wins means a huge step toward the playoff picture.

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