Talk about a long road trip
In Week 5, Villa Angela-St. Joseph will host Portsmouth Notre Dame.
Nonconference football games between teams which normally don't see one another is a common occurrence as schools look to fill their schedules as best they can.
But this might be especially significant because it's almost impossible to stage a game between two Ohio teams that are further away from each other.
Thanks to Google Earth, here's Portsmouth Notre Dame ...
... and here's VASJ (yes I know they play at Sparky DiBiasio Stadium; this is just a comparison) ...
... and here's how far away they are from each other:
That's 243 miles between the schools, or 4 hours, 26 minutes according to Google Earth.
Talk about a fun bus ride.
In comparison, let's say we put together the schools - albeit far from our coverage area - on the northeasternmost and southwesternmost points of Ohio in a theoretical nonconference game.
Conneaut is the northeastern point...
... and North Bend Taylor is the southwestern point ...
That would amount to this:
It's a 328-mile odyssey that, according to Google Earth, would take 5 hours, 39 minutes.
So while it may not literally be the longest theoretical road trip for a high school football game in Ohio, that Week 5 VASJ-Portsmouth Notre Dame encounter proves once more that when it comes to filling a schedule, you've got to do what you've got to do.
- Chris Lillstrung | @CLillstrungNH