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Catholic schools to play in Fenway football games

By Mark Labbe
Posted: 11/13/2015

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St. John's Prep's Jay Carnevale, Oliver Eberth, Head Coach Brian St. Pierre, Sean Fallon, and Jack Lambert are pictured at Fenway Park in October. St. John's Prep is one of four Catholic schools that will play football at Fenway on the day before Thanksgiving. Pilot photo/courtesy St. John's Prep

BOSTON -- Four Catholic high schools will be among those taking part in High School Football at Fenway Park, marking the first time in 88 years that high school football has been played at the iconic sports venue.

Xaverian Brothers High School and St. John's Prep will play Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, at 4:00 p.m., while Boston College High School and Catholic Memorial High School will play at 7:00 p.m. later that day.

On Thanksgiving Day, four public schools will compete in two games: Needham High School vs. Wellesley High School at 9:00 a.m. and The English High School vs. Boston Latin School at 12:00 p.m.

"This is a very unique and special opportunity for our kids and our school community as a whole. We feel very fortunate and thankful to be a part of it," said Catholic Memorial athletic director Craig Najarian.

"Football hasn't been played on that field in many years. There have been a very select group of schools who have had this privilege since and we are grateful to be included," he said.

Tickets for each doubleheader can be purchased on the official website of the Boston Red Sox for $20, and $5 from every ticket sale will go directly to the school of the purchaser's choice.

"High School football takes center stage on Thanksgiving in one of New England's longest-standing sporting traditions. This is going to be an unforgettable experience for all the young athletes, parents, alumni and fans of these high school football teams," said president of Fenway Sports Management Sam Kennedy in a statement.