A new tradition starts Friday night in Charleston when Cardinals Newman travels to Jack Cantey Field on Daniel Island to square off against Bishop England. It will be the first football meeting of the state’s two oldest Catholic high schools.
“I made getting Bishop England on the schedule a priority since I first came to Cardinal Newman, and that day is almost here,” said Bolchoz, a man with long ties to Bishop England.
“I’m not going to be using this game as a yardstick, but I am anxious to see how we are going to do. We have less than 300 students in four grades, and BE has more than 800. But it’s just the right thing for our two schools to be playing in every sport if at all possible.”
The game is not merely a non-region tune-up for the two schools. At stake is the Hibernian Cup, sponsored by the Charleston chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians – a Catholic, Irish-American fraternal.
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“St. Joseph’s (Greenville) is starting up football, and I’d like to see all three schools involved though I can’t speak for Bishop England,” said Bolchoz.
Cardinal Newman (1-1) played Wilson Hall tough last week, but fell 20-3. Bishop England, which opened the season with a 28-18 Week 0 win over Ben Lippen in Columbia, was 1-1 going into Monday’s rescheduled against St. John’s.
“We’re a better football team,” said Bolchoz, who is in his third season at the CN helm. “Everything is going in the right direction. Our numbers are up, we’re bigger and stronger and more physical. I’d like to get a few more wins than we have the past two seasons, but I think the foundation is in place now where we will starting winning more games.”
Bolchoz played at Bishop England, and served as a volunteer and a staff assistant football coach under four different Bishops coaches, including legendary Jack Cantey whose son, John, is in his first season as the head coach.
The Cardinals received bad new recently when senior, two-way starter James Williams suffered a season-ending finger injury. Williams ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns in CN’s season-opening win over Christ School.