Friday Night Lights is the Permian Panthers. Friday Night Lights is Boobie Miles. Friday Night Lights is a book, a movie, a television series, a way of life. Friday Night Lights is kids all across America, from breathtaking scholarship recruits to baby-faced sophomore backups, all sweating, screaming, straining to grasp something they might not even understand. Friday Night Lights is A Town, a Team, and a Dream.
Located in Jersey City, New Jersey, St. Peter’s Prep is an all-male college-preparatory school resting just three blocks from the banks of the Hudson River, a school that still sits on the building’s original grounds from when it first opened in 1872. It also sports a fantastic football team.
The Marauders are the top-ranked team in the state, a 9-1 powerhouse that’s seen just one school come within 25 points of them in 2014. They have a history. They have a dream. They have a goal this year. And they have not one but two top-level recruits in this year’s class in quarterback Brandon Wimbush (Notre Dame) and duel-threat Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama). On Nov. 14, in the first round of the Non-Public, Group 4 tournament, those two seniors combined for 450 total yards of offense and had a hand in four touchdowns during a 46-7 win over rival Seton Hall Prep.
Beneath the bright lights of a Friday night, with all of the emotion, passion, and intensity that you only see in big-time high school football, St. Peter’s Prep took the field against Seton Hall Prep knowing one bad game, one screw up, could end their storybook season.
This is their story.
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