On October 14, Bergen Catholic Stadium will be the epicenter of a clash that has captivated the state of New Jersey for decades. It’s the highly anticipated matchup between the Crusaders of Bergen Catholic and the Green Knights of St. Joseph Regional. With a storied history and a rivalry that has stood the test of time, this game promises to be a spectacle like no other.

The Bergen Catholic Crusaders, leading the all-time series 35-19, are ready to defend their home turf against the Green Knights, who have been looking to exact revenge since their last encounter. In their previous meeting, Bergen Catholic utilized a brilliant combination of running and passing plays, securing a hard-fought 31-21 victory despite a valiant comeback effort from the Green Knights. St. Joseph Regional will undoubtedly be looking to reverse their fortunes this time around and leave a lasting impression.

This rivalry extends beyond the football field, as both schools share a common bond of being all-boys Catholic institutions. This adds an extra layer of intensity and passion to the matchup, with each team fighting tooth and nail for bragging rights in the community.

Commenting on the significance of this rivalry, Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, stated, “The St. Joseph Regional versus Bergen Catholic matchup is truly one of the most iconic and fiercely contested rivalries in the state. As we celebrate the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, this game exemplifies the essence of high school football rivalries – rich in history, tradition, and unforgettable moments.”

The crowd at Bergen Catholic Stadium is expected to reach a staggering 5000, making it one of the largest gatherings for a high school football game in the state. The atmosphere will be electric, with passionate fans from both sides fueling the intensity on the field.

As the kickoff approaches, the Crusaders and the Green Knights are primed for battle. Who will emerge victorious in this chapter of the storied rivalry? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain – when these two teams collide, the entire state of New Jersey takes notice.

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Kai Sanders
Bergen Catholic


Marcus Linder

Bergen Catholic

Marcus is being escorted by his parents, Ryan and Marie Linder. Marcus is an extremely talented student who has demonstrated leadership on and off the field. He is a leader in his community, participating in numerous activities to support his hometown and school communities and is a leader on the field, as a returning starter from last season's state championship football team.
Michael Mainelli

St. Joseph Regional

Michael is being escorted by their father, Marc Mainelli. Michael Mainelli deserves to be honored for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions. With the highest GPA, involvement in a multitude of activities such as the band, chorus, drama, club nights, and ambassadorship, along with being a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball, they have demonstrated exceptional dedication and talent. Their leadership roles as a class officer, student council member, and newspaper band contributor further highlight their well-roundedness and ability to make a positive impact. Their achievements, commitment to excellence, and ability to succeed in various areas make them truly deserving of recognition and honor.


Defense on both sides was heavy in the first half today in New Jersey. The Knights and the Crusaders both put early TDs on the board in the 1st quarter and with another touchdown, Bergen sent the game into the half 14-7. Early in the 3rd quarter, a 40 yd bomb for the Crusaders, put them up 21-7. St. Joes scored to start the 4th quarter on a clutch goal-line play. #1 Kai Sanders from Bergen answered with a TD halfway through the 4th putting the Crusaders up 28-14. The Knights fought back, and #6 Yasin Willis came through with a tough TD from the Bergen 15-yard line. A late 4th quarter safety proved the Crusaders victorious with a final score of 28-23.