Bergen Catholic faces St. Anthony's in what may be the most significant season opener in the history of football. The Oradell, N.J. football powerhouse enters 2012 as MaxPrep's preseason No. 17 team nationally. The non-league game could be a historic win or mark the end of the bull run.
St. Anthony's finished 2011 with a CHSFL Class AAA title and a school-record 29-game winning streak, the second-longest in Suffolk football history. Longtime Coach won is 211th game in 25 seasons. That ties him with former Bellport icon Joe Cipp Jr. as the winningest coach in Suffolk history.
Bergen Catholic finished 8-3 last fall and ranked 10th in the East by USA Today. Bergen Catholic finished its season with a 42-14 playoff loss to rival Don Bosco, the No. 1 team in the nation.
Bergen Catholic and St. Anthony's have never played each other in football, according to Athletic Director Don Buckley.
The game will likely be broadcast by MSG Varsity.