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Saint Joe's Football to Play First Home Night Game in School History

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Saint Joe's Football to Play First Home Night Game in School History
Tim LeCras

METUCHEN, NJ - Bright lights will shine on Saint Joseph High School’s Brenner Family Field for the first time during a football game this Fall. 

To launch the school’s third annual Homecoming Weekend, the Falcons will host rival Edison High School on October 7 for the first night game in Saint Joe’s history. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

“For a school with such a rich athletic history, it is about time that we participate in one of the oldest traditions in high school sports, Friday Night Lights,” Saint Joseph High School President John G. Nolan, Jr. said.  “What better way to showcase our campus and revamped football program to our alumni and the greater Metuchen/Edison community than by hosting our first ever night game.”

Fans attending the game are encouraged to participate in our “Green Out” by wearing their best Falcon Green outerwear. 

The Friday Night Lights festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a pregame Alumni & Friends tailgate. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Saint Joe’s Fathers Club. There will also be a special selection of Saint Joe’s gear available throughout the night.

“High school football in New Jersey has become synonymous with Friday nights in the Fall,” Saint Joe’s Athletic Director Michael Murray said. “We are excited to bring this tradition to Saint Joe’s and can’t wait to showcase our football and athletics program to the community in what hopefully will become a tradition.”

The Saint Joe’s soccer team will also be playing under the lights on Monday, October 10 against Old Bridge. 

Saint Joe’s Football is led by Bill Tracy, who was hired to lead the Falcons back in January 2022. The previous NJ.com/Star Ledger Coach of the Year (2013), Tracy has been a head football coach in New Jersey for over 20 years, including state championship runs at Livingston High School in 2008 and Ridge High School in 2013. 

“Friday nights in the Fall have become synonymous with football in New Jersey for a long time,” Saint Joseph High School Head Football Coach Bill Tracy said. “When I was hired to be head coach of the Falcons, I wanted to start new traditions, including reconnecting our football program with our alumni. Having our premiere home game on a Friday night to kickoff Homecoming Weekend is the first of many new traditions that will push our program forward.”

On Saturday, the school’s sprawling 70-acre campus will be transformed into Saint Joe’s Falcon Fall Fest, where families can enjoy Fall-related activities and celebrate more than 60 years of brotherhood. 

Saint Joe’s Falcon Fall Fest will include a pumpkin patch and Fall plant and foliage sale, hayrides around the 70-acre campus and scenic Fall picture displays. Campus tours will be available to all, as will special selections from the Saint Joe’s Campus Store. Alumni who attend the Falcon Fall Fest are welcome to visit the Alumni Tent for lunch. Fall food and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the day. 

“We are very excited to be expanding our Homecoming Weekend to include our first Friday Night Lights and Falcon Fall Fest,” John Eppensteiner ‘02, Saint Joseph High School’s Director of Alumni Relations, said. “Without our alumni and community partners, Saint Joe’s wouldn’t be who we are today. We look forward to connecting with alums from the past 60 years and to showcase the rich history of the school.”

Aside from the family-friendly events, several Saint Joe’s classes will host reunions throughout the weekend. The Classes of 1992 and 1997 will gather on Saturday night, while the 50th reunion for the Class of 1972 takes place on Sunday afternoon on campus. 

Events held on campus, including the Friday Night Lights football game, pregame tailgate and Saturday’s Saint Joe’s Falcon Fall Fest are open to the public.