Posted: 10:44 am Friday, February 26th, 2010
By Jason Lieser
A dominant 2009 season catapulted the Dwyer Panthers to national prominence and they will elevate their status even more by playing in the 2010 Kirk Herbstreit Football Series.
Dwyer will open the 2010 season Monday, Sept. 6 at Ohio State University in Columbus. The Panthers have agreed to play Glenville High School, which is coached by Ted Ginn Sr. (who, along with the rest of the Ginn family, was drafted by Cam Cameron a few years ago). You might know his son, Ted Ginn, Jr., from his work with the Miami Dolphins.
The game is slated to be televised on ESPN or ESPNU.
Dwyer athletic director Tom Pagley and principal Joseph Lee said this week the school is fully supportive of playing the game and has signed the contract. Pagley said the Palm Beach County School District also approved the contract and it has been sent back to the organizers of the game.
Pagley said the school will receive a check for participating and hopes to break even on expenses. He also said the game will be during the day.
Dwyer went 14-1 last year while winning its first state championship in program history. Glenville, which is in the Cleveland suburbs, went 13-1 and lost the state championship. Glenville had eight players sign with FBS schools on national signing day.
The game will be especially meaningful for local golf legend Jack Nicklaus, who graduated from Ohio State. Nicklaus will get to watch his grandson, Dwyer tight end Nick O’Leary, play at Ohio Stadium.
The only downside to Dwyer accepting this game is that it will not face Glades Central this season. The teams were slated to open the year Sept. 3 in Belle Glade.
Pagley said he has been trying to talk Glades Central into playing in a kickoff class the final week of August, but that is still in negotiations.
A spokesperson for the Herbstreit Football Series said match-ups have not been finalized, but there will be four games in Columbus televised by ESPN or ESPNU. Two games will be Sun., Sept. 5 and the other two will be the following day.
There will also be four games in Arlington, Texas at the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium Sept. 6 — all which are scheduled to air on Fox Sports Net.