Barda-Dowling Stadium is about to witness the clash of the titans as the St. Rita Mustangs prepare to take on the Mt. Carmel Caravan in a high-stakes football showdown on September 15, 2023. This year’s matchup marks the 100th meeting between the two perennial powerhouses, with Mt. Carmel holding a commanding lead in the all-time series at 65-33-1.

The Great American Rivalry Series, now in its 20th season, has handpicked this matchup as one of the most significant in high school football history. Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the series, expressed his excitement, stating, “The St. Rita vs. Mt. Carmel rivalry epitomizes the essence of what makes Friday night lights so special. The tradition, intensity, and passion surrounding this matchup are unparalleled.”

Expect the crowd of 3,000 fans to be on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating a thrilling contest between these two storied programs. Last season, Mt. Carmel left St. Rita stunned with a dominating performance, securing a resounding 35-3 victory. MVP Quarterback Blainey Dowling was the catalyst for their success, showcasing his immense talent and leading his team to triumph.

Despite the previous defeat, the St. Rita Mustangs are determined to turn the tide in this historic matchup. With two state championships under their belt, they boast a rich football legacy and are eager to add another memorable chapter to their storied history.

As the St. Rita Mustangs and the Mt. Carmel Caravan prepare to battle it out on the field, the anticipation surrounding this game is palpable. The Barda-Dowling Stadium will be transformed into a cauldron of emotions, with fans from both sides filling the stands, chanting and cheering for their beloved teams. It is a clash of not only talent but also pride and tradition.

So, mark your calendars and don’t miss “The Battle for Chicago” between the St. Rita Mustangs and the Mt. Carmel Caravan. History is set to be made as these two football powerhouses lock horns in what promises to be a thrilling encounter. We know Friday nights, and this one is guaranteed to deliver a football spectacle that will be remembered for years to come.



Darrion Dupree
Mount Carmel


Tim Daigler

Mount Carmel

Tim has been a dedicated AP and Honors student for four years, exemplifying academic excellence both in and out of the classroom. He is also a member of the 19th Ward Junior Board, National Honor Society, Peer Leadership Program, and Barda Scholars Leadership Program. Beyond the books and the football field, Tim is also a valued member of the Lacrosse program. His dedication, discipline, and drive make him not only an extraordinary athlete but also a true role model for his peers. Tim is also a 5th generation participant in Chicago Catholic League football, beginning with his great, great grandfather in 1921.
Kevin Hogan

St. Rita

Kevin continues to excel academically as a proud member of the National Honor Society. His dedication to excellence extends beyond football, as he also shines on the Varsity volleyball team. Kevin truly demonstrates selflessness both in the classroom and on the field, and consistently puts his classmates and teammates first.


The Southside of Chicago erupted with rivalry cheer tonight as the decade's old powerhouses, the Mount Carmel Caravan and the St. Rita Mustangs come together on the turf. Since its start in 1923, the Caravan and the Mustangs have continued to give the Southside what it wants: deep-rooted and gritty gridiron rivalry. Mount Carmel exploded out of the gate, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter. While the St. Rita defense did its best to block the wall that is the Mount Carmel offense, it was no use for huge plays that include a 13-yard touchdown pass and a pick six. An exciting game and another win for the Caravan, 20-9.