Holy Spirit High School, NJ did everything right today

After today, there are only two high school football games left on Thanksgiving Day in New Jersey.

Pleasantville High School just defeated Ocean City High School 40-21 in the Centennial (100th meeting) and final game.

They’ve decided to move the rivalry game to August 2023 at the “Battle by the Beach” showcase event.

Melville High School vs. Vineland High School will continue their series, which is currently 151 years old.

When this annual Thanksgiving game began, the (eighteenth) President of the United States was Ulysses S. Grant. Just imagine it.

Holy Spirit High School across from Atlantic City will also continue to move forward. The Holy Spirit won 63-34 their 94th annual meeting today at Ed Burns Stadium. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States was in office.

Holy Spirit football head coach Andrew DiPasquale finished his senior season with a record of 9-2, including a trip to the NJSSIA Non-Public Semifinal Game.

This was the final score for the day and the head coach was “Cliff Notes”, but this is where our story really begins.

The Holy Spirit knows how to do it right. When legendary coach Ed Burns died suddenly in February 1996 of a heart attack, Holy Spirit High School and their close-knit community rallied behind the Burns family.

The decision was made to officially name the Holy Spirit Soccer Complex… “Ed Burns Stadium”.

Holy Spirit High School via Facebook.

Holy Spirit High School via Facebook.

The size of the crowd and general enthusiasm at Holy Spirit High School today proves why the Thanksgiving game versus Atlantic City is so important.

This also marks the Holy Spirit’s 100 years as a high school.

Countless graduates were there early for the party this morning in the school cafeteria.

This carnival atmosphere spread throughout the complex. The Holy Spirit Stands were filled to capacity and the only crowd in the Sitting Room was as large or larger than the stands.

Former Holy Spirit players, cheerleaders, and other alumni from many generations have attended.

Holy Spirit High also had a beautiful halftime naming ceremony after Andy Applegate.

Applegate served 37 years as the public address announcer for the Holy Spirit football team.

The Holy Spirit officially named the press box the “Holy Spirit Spartans Applegate Press Box”.

This corresponds to the way the Holy Spirit always does what is right.

Harry Hurley TSM

Harry Hurley TSM

Holy Spirit athletics director Steve Norman surprised Applegate and asked him to go back to the press box and deal with the PA’s announcement of second-half duties for today’s game.

The crowd greeted Applegate’s return with widespread approval.

Harry Hurley TSM

Harry Hurley TSM

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