The Notre Dame Cougars will have players from St. Joseph High School join the fold next season. (File photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

St. Joseph High School and Notre Dame to form joint football program

Starting next fall, the Notre Dame Cougars football program will welcome a new crop of players.

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools announced Tuesday that École Secondaire Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph High School will have a joint high school football program in the 2019-20 year.

This will allow players to still attend school at St. Joseph’s and play football under the Cougars’ banner.

“We’re excited to offer a football program where students will have the opportunity to stay at our school,” said St. Joseph High School principal Graeme Daniel.

The move will also likely allow the Cougars to move back into the Tier I division, which is for schools with a population of more than 1250 students.

They spent the last two years in Tier II play. In 2016, Notre Dame was a Tier 1 school and they advanced to the North Regional Final.

Notre Dame finished 0-3 in the Central Alberta High School City Football League last season.

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