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The 10:30 a.m. start four days before Labor Day also marked a momentous occasion for the host team: It was the first sporting event for the new Holy Cross Prep Academy, an independent private school that has replaced Holy Cross High School.

When the Diocese of Trenton announced plans last year to close the school, alumni and other supporters of "Lancer Nation" went into action, creating a business model to keep open the 60-year-old institution on Route 130 in Delran.

One plank of the new school's plan for the future: Success in sports. So far, the Lancers are 1-0, thanks to a comeback victory over the Rams.

Junior running back Da'Shaun Harris broke loose for two long touchdowns and finished with 174 yards on 14 carries, and senior tackle Luke Lesch made three tackles for losses for Gloucester Catholic, which was 6-4 last season.

"I knew we were going to be green," Gloucester Catholic coach Casey Murphy said. "We have a lot of guys who don't have a lot of varsity experience, and this was their first taste of four quarters of football at the varsity level.