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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — After a one-year hiatus, the football program at Bishop Connolly High School will start back up in August.

The school announced Tuesday that it’s partnering with St. John Paul II High School in Hyannis to create a new co-op team.

The St. John Paul II/Bishop Connolly Lions will compete in the MIAA’s Central Catholic League. They’ll play their home games at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay with the exception of the annual Thanksgiving Day game, which will be held at Bishop Connolly High School.

Both schools have seen a decline in football participation in recent years and as a result, Bishop Connolly dissolved its program last fall. The school previously had a co-op team with Westport High School.

St. John Paul II head coach Matt Marshall will be taking the helm of the new team along with his coaching staff, and the athletic directors from both schools will oversee the program.

An informational meeting for parents and students will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Bishop Connolly High School cafeteria.

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