The Hawks and the Eagles go Head-to-Head at Fenway
On Wednesday, November 21, the Xaverian Hawks and the St. John's Prep Eagles will once again meet at Fenway Park for their 27th annual Thanksgiving football game.
The matchup is scheduled as part of a four-game high school football series at Fenway. Eight local high schools will compete over two days in a pair of doubleheaders at the ballpark. The Hawks vs. Eagles game is the first on the 21st, with kickoff at 5:00 p.m.
According to Fenway Sports Management (FSM), “High school football games were commonly played at Fenway Park in the early 20th century. The ballpark also hosted the 1912 high school national championship game when Everett was defeated by Oak Park, IL. High school football wasn’t played at Fenway again until 1935, when a series of games were held featuring high schools from around Boston. After an 80-year absence, high school football returned to Fenway Park in November 2015.”
St. John’s Prep and Xaverian played as part of this 2015 return to football at the ballpark, and will be back this year for their second appearance in the Fenway high school football series.
“As a fellow Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School, we enjoy a special camaraderie and a good-spirited athletic rivalry with St. John’s Prep,” said Brother Daniel Skala, C.F.X. “Any opportunity to play at the famed Fenway Park is exciting, but for both of our schools to be able to play there twice in one year (in April for the ALS Awareness baseball game and now again for Thanksgiving Football) is exceptional. We are grateful that so many of our student-athletes will enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We look forward to seeing many in the Xaverian community at Fenway, from current families to alumni, and to another exciting chapter as the Hawks and the Eagles battle for control of our shared Brother William Drinan, C.F.X. trophy.”
The Hawks and the Eagles have enjoyed the Thanksgiving matchup since 1992. The Brother William Drinan, C.F.X. trophy (named after the Xaverian Brother, William Drinan, who served as head of school at Xaverian and subsequently at St. John’s Prep) is given to the winning team each year, to keep on their campus until the following Thanksgiving game.
The high school Fenway football tickets are available beginning November 6 at redsox.com/highschoolfootball. Tickets start at $20 with 25% of every one sold given back to the school each patron is supporting. These are general admission tickets (no assigned seats). Suites are available for high school football games by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. The line-up for the two-day event features Burke vs. West Roxbury Academy and Foxborough vs. Mansfield on Tuesday, November 20, followed by Xaverian vs. St. John’s and Natick vs. Framingham on Wednesday, November 21.
A private, Catholic, college preparatory day school for boys in grades 7-12. The Boston area prep school offers a rigorous academic curriculum, a well-developed campus ministry program focused on faith, character, and leadership, and a proud athletic tradition featuring competitive Division 1 high school athletics in the Catholic Conference.