California school to start 2012 season with record road trip

After announcing the site for its first game of the 2012 season, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame High can feel safe about one thing: It's making a run at longest road trip to start a season.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Notre Dame will kick off its 2012 campaign overseas, facing off against an opponent to be named as part of hoopla surrounding the University of Notre Dame-Navy football game, which has been dubbed the Emerald Isle Classic and will be played in Dublin.

Organizers for the collegiate game are allegedly attempting to line up a number of different high school teams to play in Ireland in conjunction with the college game, and Notre Dame was an obvious pick because of its silimarities in name and uniform with the collegiate Fighting Irish.

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The long distance season-opener will take place roughly 5,200 miles from Notre Dame's Southern California campus, which will be a pretty tough mark for any future road trips to surpass. Unless another high school program considers hosting a game in France or another far-flung location like India, Notre Dame may well have a future record on its hands.

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Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney said the program plans to host a series of different fundraisers to help pay for the trip, with a number of fans and boosters also expected to make the trip across the pond. Fans who also want to attend the game can start looking for discount airfare and hotels between August 28 and Sep. 2 some 20 months ahead, when the team will be in Dublin.

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