Not too many high school football players get to play in a regular-season game where 8,000 people cram into a stadium at Bishop Luers built for about 3,500.
But players for Bishop Dwenger and Bishop Luers got that experience in the Saints' 36-14 standing-room only win Friday.
"Being in high school and playing in a college atmosphere doesn't get any better," said Luers senior Kenny Mullen, who is committed to play at Indiana. " We knew the crowd was going to be outrageous in the Battle of the Bishops. We knew going into this game what the atmosphere was going to be like, and we adapted the best we could."
The bleacher capacity was upped to more than 4,000 with bleachers loaned from Fort Wayne Community Schools and there were fans standing all around the fences in the game, as well as special standing area taped off on the track on one end of the field.
Almost 6,000 presale tickets were sold, and the fans started showing up shortly after school ended at Bishop Luers on Friday. There were even reports of fans tailgating for the game as soon as 1 p.m. in the nearby Southgate Plaza.
The stadium was packed at 5:30 p.m., with traffic congested at least two hours before the 7 p.m. game time.