Dallas Jesuit (Dallas)
and St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia)
have agreed to a two-year, home-and-home deal that will send St. Joseph's Prep to Texas on Labor Day Weekend next fall, according to St. Joseph's Prep head coach Gabe Infante.
Both teams had a hole to fill on next year's schedule. This season on that same weekend, St. Joseph's Prep played a road game at Cocoa (Fla.) while Dallas Jesuit played fellow Jesuit high school Loyola Academy as part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament, coming from behind to win 30-29.
Infante mentioned that he's been in talks with several other Jesuit high schools to potentially create an early season football event strictly for Jesuit high schools, similar to what occurs in both lacrosse
The Jesuit Lacrosse Classic has traditionally been hosted by Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.)
and Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
, but in the next two years will be hosted by Strake Jesuit (Houston)
and Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
According to Infante, the vision for the football event is to move host cities to different geographic regions.
He mentioned St. Xavier (Cincinnati)
as possibilities for 2014. St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)
and St. Ignatius (Cleveland)
would be other teams that would make sense geographically for the inaugural classic.
St. Joseph's Prep is currently undefeated at 5-0. With a wealth of underclassmen, the team should be even stronger in 2013.
At 4-1, Dallas Jesuit has looked strong this fall; the team's only loss was a 56-24 setback to Skyline.
The matchup next year will be the first time that teams from Texas and Pennsylvania have played since 2008, when Northwest (Justin, Texas) defeated Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh), 13-12.