New Jersey’s gridiron epic is set to ignite as the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series takes center stage, featuring the Don Bosco Prep Ironmen locking horns with the Bergen Catholic Crusaders. The historic Granatell Stadium will serve as the battleground on September 22, 2023, as these powerhouses collide for the 83rd time. With Don Bosco holding a 45-35-2 advantage in the all-time series, the stage is set for an intense showdown.

In the last faceoff between these titans, the Don Bosco Ironmen triumphed in a grueling 31-7 contest, showcasing their mettle and grit. As the Bergen Catholic Crusaders gear up to reverse their fortunes, the anticipation in the air is palpable, underscoring the tradition-rich history that binds these two teams.

Rick Ford, founder, and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, captured the essence of this monumental clash, stating, “The Don Bosco Prep vs. Bergen Catholic rivalry epitomizes what high school football is all about. It’s not just a game; it’s a testament to the passion, dedication, and camaraderie that define this sport. As we celebrate the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, this matchup stands as a true testament to the spirit of Friday nights under the lights.”

The fervor of the fans is set to envelop Granatell Stadium with a crowd size of 6,500, as both sides come together to passionately support their teams. The Ironmen and Crusaders mascots will embody the determination and valor each squad brings to this battlefield of dreams.

This rivalry, one of the oldest and most prestigious in New Jersey, showcases not only the state’s finest but also two of the nation’s premier high school football programs. As the Don Bosco Prep Ironmen face off against the Bergen Catholic Crusaders on September 22, brace yourself for a spectacle that transcends mere competition.

Witness history unfold as these rivals clash under the Friday night lights. With the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series in full swing, the Don Bosco Prep vs. Bergen Catholic showdown promises an unforgettable display of heart, tradition, and unyielding spirit.

We Know Friday Nights.



Dominic Campanile
Bergen Catholic


Matthew Quill

Don Bosco Prep

Not only being a part of the football team, but Matthew is also the Secretary for the National Honor Society. Matthew is a member of the English, History, Math, Business, and Science honors societies. He is also a volunteer for the Christian home healthcare center. After high school, Matthew was to major in business or finance.
Luca Cuttita

Bergen Catholic

A four-year Crusader football player, Luca has maintained high standards not only on the field but in and out of school. Earning outstanding grades and consistent mention on the Bergen Catholic First Honor Roll, Luca has also participated in BC's community service program, logging dozens of hours.


The New Jersey sunset was perfectly placed over the horizon of Granatell Stadium at the annual matchup of Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic. The Ironmen and Crusaders fought tooth and nail, with the Crusaders starting on top with a 33 yard pass, putting them on the board! Another Bergen Catholic gain after reception by #6, the first half comes and go with Ironmen possession. Fourth quarter, with 3:34 minutes remaining, Don Bosco Prep gets 12 yard touchdown run. Don Bosco Prep was no use for thee mighty force of the Bergen Catholic offense, with another interception by the Crusaers bring in a final score of 38-15.