Schedule Sneak Peek: Alter

Alter DB CJ Hicks (photo by Shelby Frieszell/

They are a team without a home. Alter will play in eight different stadiums this season. The Knights be stronger and tougher for it when the playoffs begin.

Alter will only play four teams that had winning records in 2020. That includes hosting reigning Division II state champions, Akron Hoban. The combined 2020 record of the opponents on the Knights schedule was 44-37 (.543 winning %). If they can get by Hoban and Badin it is very feasible that Alter finishes the slate 10-0.

2020 RECORD: 8-3, 4-1 GCL Co-eds
COACH: Ed Domsitz (271-74 at Alter, 29 years; 357-55 overall, 45 years)
CJ Hicks, Sr, LB – OPSWA Division III First Team All-Ohio, First Team All-TriState Football, OPSWA Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year, GCL Co-eds Defensive Player of the Year and TriState Football Dayton Defensive Player of the Year finalist as a junior. OPSWA Division III Second Team All-Ohio as a sophomore. Verbally committed to Ohio State.

Derrick Shepard Jr., Sr, OL/DT – First Team All-GCL Co-eds (OL) as a junior. Verbally committed to Cincinnati.

Alter OL/DL Derrick Shepard Jr. (photo by Shelby Frieszell/

Austin Montgomery, Sr, OL – First Team All-GCL Co-eds as a junior.

Chase Stone, Sr, DB – Second Team All-GCL Co-eds as a junior. Offer from Akron.

Mike Lantz, Sr, DB – Honorable Mention All-GCL Co-eds as a junior.

Christian Kirenga, Sr, DB – Verbally committed to Illinois State.

PLAYOFF HISTORY: (26 appearances, 49-24) – 2020 (Regional Champions), 2019, 2018 (State Runner-up), 2017, 2016 (Regional Champion), 2015, 2014 (State Runner-up), 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 (State Champion), 2008 (State Champion), 2007, 2006 (State Runner-up), 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 (Regional Champion), 2001 (Regional Champion), 1996, 1992, 1991, 1987 (Regional Champion), 1984 (Regional Champion), 1983 – 19 consecutive playoff appearances for the Knights

Here is a look at the 2021 Alter schedule:

Th – 08/19/21 – at Fairmont (4-5 in 2020) – 7:00 PM****
Fri – 08/27/21 – THURGOOD MARSHALL (2-4) – 7:00 PM*
Fri – 09/03/21 – BELMONT (2-3) – 7:00 PM*
Fri – 09/11/21 – AKRON HOBAN (11-0) – 7:00 PM**
Fri – 09/17/21 – at Northwest (5-4) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/24/21 – McNICHOLAS (5-3) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/01/21 – at Badin (8-1) – 7:00 PM*****
Fri – 10/08/21 – at Fenwick (1-7) – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/15/21 – CARROLL (3-5) – 7:00 PM****
Fri – 10/22/21 – at Chaminade Julienne (3-5) – 7:00 PM

*at Centerville Stadium, Centerville HS
**at Toadvine Field, Miamisburg HS
***at Miami Valley South Stadium, Bellbrook HS
****at Roush Stadium, Fairmount HS
*****at Kumler Stadium, Edgewood HS

FINAL TAKE: The Knights are loaded with big-time talent on defense which will carry them on many Friday nights. The offense lost a large part of its backfield production. It may take a few games to find their rhythm on this side of the ball.

Expect Alter to make the playoffs for the 20th straight season. They should also host a first-round game in Division III, Region 12 (also known as the GCL Co-eds Invitational). We don’t see eight teams in the region finishing with a better record.

The Knights will play with plenty of motivation after losing the GCL Co-eds crown to Badin, a year ago. The seniors would also like to be the ones to bring the Division III title back to Kettering for the first time since 2009. Alter has the talent and is a legitimate contender, to get that done.



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