Two N.J. high school powers meet on ESPNU, honor 9/11

Above, examples of the shirts designed by Bergen Catholic that will be worn by fans. Also above, an example of the helmet stickers to be worn by St. Peter’s Prep.

The matchup of a traditional state power versus a nationally-ranked team – representing schools separated by just 21 miles — is enough to provide an electric atmosphere for a high school football game. When the contest is played in the shadow of New York City, on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, between two schools directly affected, the final score becomes footnote on an emotional day.

Bergen Catholic (N.J.) will play No. 12 St. Peter’s Prep tonight (7 ET, ESPNU) at Cochrane Stadium in Jersey City, N.J., which is just beyond the Hudson River and has the New York City skyline as a backdrop.

Prior to the game, both players and fans will participate in a moment of silence. Bergen Catholic has designed special T-shirts which will be worn by their fans and underneath the pads of some players. The T-shirts have been sold throughout their community with all proceeds being donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. St. Peter’s Prep will have special 9/11 helmet decals.

ESPNU will document the pre-game ceremony and share it with the audience during the telecast. Additionally, commentators Mike Corey and Rene Ingoglia will convey the stories behind both the T-shirts and helmet stickers, while also documenting tributes from fans and students in attendance.

A view from Cochrane Stadium in Jersey City, N.J., home to the game tonight. The New York City skyline is visible from the venue. (Photo courtesy of Todd Kulis)
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