Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paladins' Football Slate All Non-Public

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paladins' Football Slate All Non-Public

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North Jersey non-public high school football teams will defend the state's national reputation against teams from Ohio, Maryland, Florida and Arkansas this fall.

Tuesday, Paramus Catholic became the fourth of five Big North United programs to release its football schedule. The nine-game slate includes three trips to Maryland and not a single public school program.

"I feel like we are going to play the guys that want to play us," said Paladins coach Chris Partridge, whose team has won the last two Non-Public Group 4 titles. "If they don't want to play us, we will take some extra time and find a game."

For the Paladins it means three straight road games to start 2014, including a rematch against Gilman, a Maryland school that the Paladins downed 28-0 in last season's opener.

"I have three scrimmages, all on the road, so it's really six straight [road trips] to start the season, [but] why not? I like getting our kids out there and seeing other stadiums. It's such an experience to go to other places and travel," Partridge said. "I am not concerned with home and away stuff."

Partridge also was able to line up a road game with Non-Public Group 3 finalist Pope John and a home game against Eastern Christian Academy of Maryland.

Even though the school installed new lights and turf for last season, Paramus Catholic has scheduled only two home night games. Instead, it is choosing to play two Saturday 4 p.m. home games.

"I am a Saturday guy," Partridge said. "Those lights are for practice as far as I am concerned. I like Saturday. I like to get the guys in, have breakfast, go to Mass, spend some time together before we play."

There is a chance one or more of their games could be televised nationally.

"I have gotten a few calls," Partridge said. "We have to see what happens."

Bergen Catholic will become the first North Jersey school to play a football game in Arkansas when it travels to Bentonville High School on Sept. 19. Walmart's corporate headquarters is in Bentonville. In the past five seasons, the Tigers are 58-5 with two state championships.

Don Bosco's schedule is highlighted by two games against teams from Florida. The Ironmen host St. Thomas Aquinas on Sept. 13 in a game tentatively scheduled for Michie Stadium at West Point.

Two weeks later, the Ironmen travel to the east coast of Florida to face Fort Pierce Central.

First-year St. Joseph coach Augie Hoffmann will lead the Green Knights on a trip to Ohio to play St. Edward. The last time the Ohio powerhouse played a North Jersey school was a 38-7 loss to Don Bosco in 2011 at Fordham University.

Non-Public Group 2 champion DePaul is the only Big North United school yet to officially release its football schedule.

POINTS ADDING UP: This could be the shortest-ever Bergen County softball tournament seeding meeting.

Tournament director and Saddle Brook softball coach Darren White said Tuesday that this year's event will be seeded strictly on power points using the same formula employed by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association to seed its softball tournament. …

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