Ireland to host high school football tripleheader

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Three high school football teams from Georgia, two from Florida and one from New Jersey will travel to Dublin, Ireland this season to play a tripleheader on September 2nd.  The games are part of the American Football Showcase and will serve as the opener to the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech that will be played September 2nd.

Here’s the schedule:

Westminster School (Atlanta, GA) vs. Community School of Naples (Naples, Florida)

Marist School (Atlanta, GA) vs. Belen Jesuit (Miami, FL)

St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ) vs. Blessed Trinity (Atlanta, GA)

Below is what the schools are saying about their participation in the event that will be played a Trinity College Dublin.

Westminster School (Atlanta, Georgia) vs. Community School Naples (Naples, Florida)

“We are excited to play Community School Naples. I’m sure they will be as determined as we are to win overseas. We’re just delighted to come over and play. The game is significant and just being a whole part of the showcase and bringing our team to Ireland is very intriguing and exciting.” – Gerry Romberg, Westminster School, the reigning Class AAA Georgia state champion

“Community School of Naples is honored to be a part of such a historical and enriching experience. Coupling an athletic contest with the rich academic culture of one of the world’s oldest collegiate universities is consistent with our school’s focus on academic excellence and global outreach. Dublin Ireland, versus the Westminster School of Atlanta, a wonderful academic institution of like mind and cultural excellence, is the perfect match-up. – Paul Selvidio, Community School Naples

Marist School (Atlanta, Georgia) vs. Belen Jesuit (Miami, Florida)

“We are very excited by our match up with Belen Jesuit in the American Football Showcase. We know they have an excellent program, with a rich tradition of excellence. We also recognize them as a well coached, disciplined, and tenacious football team and we expect a tremendous challenge for our team. I think the Marist-Belen Jesuit game offers the fans and supporters of both teams an interesting matchup of two very similar programs.” – Alan Chadwick, Marist School

“Our opponent, Marist High is a Georgia powerhouse and a well coached disciplined team. Marist never beats themselves with mistakes. They are always ready to play with intensity, they rise above adversity and Marist never quits.” – Richard Stuart, Belen Jesuit
St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, New Jersey) vs. Blessed Trinity (Atlanta, Georgia)

“We plan to embrace the Irish culture and enjoy the magnificent setting and educational opportunities made available to us. Of course the main objective is to compete hard and be successful on the field in our game against an outstanding Blessed Trinity School. We are acutely aware of the success of their program. They are talented, well coached and present a huge challenge for us on all fronts. It’s really an honor to be able to compete against a great program in a beautiful country at a majestic site.” – Rich Hansen, St Peter’s Prep

“The trip to Ireland gives the boys a chance to play the game they love in front of a whole new audience. The opportunity to be immersed in a different culture makes it all that much more special. Our team, coaches and the Blessed Trinity community are excited and grateful for the experience.” – Tim McFarlin, Blessed Trinity

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