CLEVELAND — “The Holy War” is coming to Cleveland.
The annual football rivalry game between St. Ignatius (Cleveland) and St. Edward (Lakewood) will be played at FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. ET.
“Obviously, for young men growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, to play in FirstEnergy Stadium, those kids will remember it for the rest of their lives, so that’s special,” Saint Ignatius head coach Chuck Kyle said. “Over the years, a lot of people have asked, ‘Why don’t we do this game at FirstEnergy Stadium?’ Okay, here we are.
“We appreciate this partnership with the Browns, and we are all eager to have this happen. The Browns are very enthusiastic about youth athletics and youth football and really want to be engaged with it.”
This year’s edition of “The Holy War” will mark the 54th time the Wildcats and Eagles have met on the gridiron. Despite a 35-28 loss to St. Edward last year, St. Ignatius holds an all-time record of 28-24-1 in the series.
The last time St. Ignatius and St. Edward played in downtown Cleveland was on October 11, 1980. St. Edward won that contest, 11-0, at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
“We look forward to welcoming these local high schools’ football players and coaches, as well as athletes, students, teachers, parents and faculty from both schools for what will be an exciting weekend of football at FirstEnergy Stadium,” said Jenner Tekancic, the Browns’ director of community relations.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to host this high school football game and a Browns home game during the same weekend for a city and community that are extremely passionate about football at all levels of play.”
The Browns host the New York Jets the following day.