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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS December 1, 2016

Not Your Typical Texas Football Rivalry Catholic High Schools Choose Unity and Respect Heading Into State Final (Dallas) Bishop Lynch High School will take on cross-town rival Bishop Dunne Catholic School for the TAPPS Division 1 state football title on Saturday in Waco. The game will mark the first time two Dallas Catholic high schools have faced off for the prestigious state trophy. But, instead of trash talk and school pranks, the two teams have decided to instead join in an unusual pregame show of unity to prepare for the match-up. Players, coaches and supporters will get together to attend Mass at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Cathedral Guadalupe at 2215 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas. The teams will then have lunch together in the cathedral’s Grand Salon before heading to the game. Bishop Lynch President Chris Rebuck says “We thought this would be a great way for our kids to show unity and respect for one another while reminding our schools and community that while we are fierce competitors on the field we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.” According to Bishop Dunne President Kate Dailey “Our students are aware of the divisiveness that exists in our country and world today. We actually have students who show signs of stress because of what is going on. I’m proud of our players and coaches for enthusiastically embracing this idea.” Bishop Greg Kelly, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dallas, will celebrate the Thursday Mass with team members participating as altar servers and lectors. Lynch Captain Daniel Packard says he and his teammates are looking forward to getting together with their opponents: “After a grueling season, this is a great way for us to unite, give thanks and congratulate one another for making it this far. And, it’s just a fun time together to make new friends and catch up with the Dunne kids we already know.” Dunne Captain Payton Matous says his team is also happy

to join their opponents for prayer and lunch, “Of course football is important to us, but it is just a game. It’s more important to show unity and respect for one another in our schools, diocese and community at large.” The Bishop Dunne Falcons earned their place in the state championship by defeating Houston St. Pius X High School, 23-18, last week. The Bishop Lynch Friars defeated Prestonwood Christian last Saturday in the TAPPS Division 1 State Semifinal, 48-43, earning their first appearance in the state title game since 2008. Kickoff for the state final is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd, at Midway ISD’s Panther Stadium in Hewitt, TX. For More Information Contact: Annette Gonzales Taylor 214-379-2873 (office) 972-375-4596 (cell)

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Dunne vs. Lynch State Game