Friday Night Lights High School Football Double-Header Set
Adding to a full calendar of events for its first month of operations, Levi’s® Stadium will begin an exciting tradition of hosting high school football with the Friday Night Lights double-header scheduled for August 29, 2014.
This year’s inaugural event will open with Manteca High School facing Santa Clara’s Wilcox High School at 4:30 p.m. PST. The nightcap will be nationally televised on ESPN2 and available on WatchESPN and feature Jesuit High School of Sacramento against De La Salle High School of Concord at 8:00 p.m.
“Levi’s® Stadium was designed to showcase the best football at every level and we are thrilled to welcome these four accomplished programs to participate in what we expect to be an annual event,” said Julio Fuentes, Executive Director of the Santa Clara Stadium Authority. “Friday night prep football is a celebrated tradition here in Santa Clara and we look forward to giving these young football players the opportunity to play on the same field as the pros.”
General admission tickets for the game are on sale now at here and include discounted prices for students.
“The 49ers are very pleased to play a role in bringing the Friday Night Lights matchups to Levi’s® Stadium,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “High school football is a great tradition that deserves to be played on the game’s biggest stage, and we look forward to sharing a special experience with these young men, their coaches, family and friends.”
De La Salle High School: De La Salle has a long tradition of football excellence with a record of 413 wins, 26 losses, 3 ties over the past 35 seasons. The Spartans have won 22 consecutive North Coast Section titles. In the eight-year history of the California State Championship Bowl Games, De La Salle has appeared eight times and has won the state title five times. A week before the game, a major feature film about De La Salle football, “When the Game Stands Tall,” starring Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern, and Alexander Ludwig, is scheduled to open in theatres nationwide.
Jesuit High School: Jesuit has won 22 league championships in its 50 years of existence. The Marauders have won two CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships (1995 & 2002), while qualifying for the playoffs in eight of the last 10 years. Jesuit has 10 former student-athletes that have continued their careers in the NFL, including Pro Bowl New York Jets QB Ken O’Brien and Isaiah Frey, currently with the Chicago Bears. Jesuit hired head coach Marlon Blanton in 2011 and quickly rebuilt the program and started the rise to prominence in the ultra-competitive Delta League and the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.
Manteca High School: With a history spanning nearly 100 years, Manteca has long been a regional power in the Sac Joaquin Section. The Buffaloes have earned 18 VOL Championships since 1960, appeared as a Section Finalist 8 times and has been crowned Section Champions 4 times, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2013. The Buffaloes have won 4 Section Championships since 2000, at one point owned the state’s longest winning streak with 27 wins in a row and have only missed the playoffs twice since 2002. Manteca is the defending Valley Oak League Champions, Sac Joaquin D3 Champions, and had the honor of competing in last year’s Nor Cal Regional Championship.
Adrian C. Wilcox High School: Wilcox opened in 1961 and since fielding its first varsity football team two years later has won 13 league championships as a member of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League with its first coming in 1977 while still known as the Warriors. Wilcox took on the Chargers name in 1981 after merging with Peterson High School of Sunnyvale. In addition to Wilcox’s 13 conference championships, the program has been a Central Coast Section Playoff Qualifier 27 times, a Semi-Finalist 13 times, a Finalist nine times and a Champion in 1995 and 1997. Recent highlights include a 2008 team that led the CCS in total offense.