High School Football

For Young Men in Grades 9–12 Notify Me when registration opens

Crusader high school football is a Christ-centered, athlete-focused, Division VII competitive football program with experienced coaches and state-of-the-art training programs and facilities. Players benefit from one-on-one instruction and opportunities to play early and often throughout their high school careers. Crusader coaches focus on preparing players for college-level football with the newest techniques and up-tempo offensive schemes. Crusaders compete against top high school and prep school teams throughout Ohio and the surrounding Midwest. Family and friends from the around the world can listen to our game-day broadcasts.  Our high school team is open to all young men from any school background: online, home school, public, or private. Contact head coach Ben Barlow to learn more.

Upcoming Events

  • Varsity Practice
    October 23, 2017  •  5:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    1250 Gemini Pl, Columbus, OH 43240, USA

  • Varsity Practice
    October 24, 2017  •  5:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    1250 Gemini Pl, Columbus, OH 43240, USA

  • Varsity Practice
    October 25, 2017  •  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    1250 Gemini Pl, Columbus, OH 43240, USA

  • Gathering
    October 25, 2017  •  7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    1250 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240, USA

    HS, MS, Cheer, Parent combined chapel in the Armory after varsity football practice

  • Varsity Practice
    October 26, 2017  •  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    1250 Gemini Pl, Columbus, OH 43240, USA

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Mike Stanley

Mike Stanley

Interim High School Head Coach


Ben Barlow

Ben Barlow

High School Head Coach


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Since the fall of 2015, the Crusader broadcast team of Jacob Bing, Chris Coakley, and Mitch Palliobagis have provided live radio webcast play-by-play and color commentary for all high school football games. Webcasts provide full game coverage, post-game interviews with coaches and players, and featured players-of-the-week.

Webcasts also provide unique advertising opportunities for all our Crusader sponsors. If you are interested in radio advertising opportunities that also support the Crusader program, please contact Kim Hayes at kim.hayes@columbuscrusaders.org.


Ohio State Sports Medicine is the official medical provider for the Columbus Crusaders, providing onsite athletic trainers and team physicians for Columbus Crusader athletes at practices and games. Ohio State experts are available for general first aid, acute injury evaluation and treatment, concussion management, and priority specialty or physician referrals.


Polaris Church has been the home of the Crusader training facilities and fields since 2014. As the sole church in the Polaris Centers of Commerce area, Polaris Church pursues opportunities to reach out in the neighborhoods. Visit Polaris.Church for more information.


Otterbein University is the home field for our high school football team. Our high school Crusaders play under the lights at the Cardinals’ Memorial Stadium, which underwent a $2 million renovation in 2014 that included a new turf field. Find out more by visiting OtterbeinCardinals.com.

Crusader Fight Song

(to the tune of ‘On Wisconsin’)

On Crusaders,
On Crusaders,
Blast right through that line
Drive the ball on down the field;
We’ll score for sure this time
(Fight, Fight, Fight)

On Crusaders,
On Crusaders,
Compete to bring Him fame.
Fight on to victory in Jesus’ name.

On Crusaders,
On Crusaders,
Stand up proud and sing.
Let all we do and all we say
Bring glory to our King

On Crusaders,
On Crusaders,
Spread His righteous claim!
Fight on to victory in Jesus’ name!

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