The school announced Sunday evening that it had reached an agreement with Portsmouth Notre Dame to make the trip to Monroeville this Saturday for a non-league Week 2 matchup. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. at Marsh Field to compensate for Notre Dame’s 3.5-hour travel time.
The Eagles (0-1) were staring down an idle week after being informed on July 21 that their regularly scheduled game vs. St. Mary Central Catholic had been canceled.
The Panthers are playing an eight-man football schedule in 2019 because of low roster numbers.
That left Monroeville athletic director Ben Paul with limited options.
“It’s tough to be looking for a game this late,” Paul said on July 31. “It’s nothing against SMCC, we completely understand the position they are in and everyone is frustrated and disappointed. It’s just not something you can control, but it certainly puts us in a bad spot this late in the season.”
Located in Scioto County and 197 miles south of Monroeville, Portsmouth Notre Dame is also a Division VII program like the Eagles. The Titans are in Region 27 and are coming off a 34-6 home loss to Racine Southern.
Notre Dame was 3-7 in 2018 and 2-8 in 2017.
Monroeville is coming off a 31-7 home loss vs. Tiffin Calvert on Friday. The Eagles will visit Margaretta on Sept. 13 to close out non-league play after this weekend’s matchup, then start Firelands Conference play on Sept. 20 at South Central.