Stockton-area High School Football Game to be on National TV

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Shinning moments don’t come along every day in this city.

“It truely is special, and it truely is a big deal,” noted Tony Franks the Head Football Coach at St. Mary’s High School.

Franks is referring to ESPN’s decision to air St. Mary’s game Friday night to their national television audience.

“ESPN doesn’t come around very often,” said Franks. “But they chose these two schools, and one of them happens to be from Stockton, California.”

That means 75 million homes will have the opportunity to view the game live on Friday versus national power De La Salle on ESPNU.

“Make no mistake, they’re here because of De La Salle,” said Franks. “I told my team that. But it’s a chance for us, our program, to really make a name for ourselves.”

The Spartans already think highly of St. Mary’s. They told the network the Rams would give them a solid game.  Friday’s game will be the 4th straight year the teams have met in the early part of the season. And despite being 0 for 3 against De La Salle, it’s been a good relationship for both schools.

“We’re going to keep it going,” said Franks. “We learn a lot from playing them each season. It’s fun for the kids, fun for the student body, and the community.”

Now, hopefully, its also fun for a national TV audience too.

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