Coming off a breakthrough season in which it went undefeated, won the MIAA A Conference championship and finished No. 1 in the final Enoch Office/VSN Top 20 Football poll, McDonogh School will play several home football games in prime time this fall.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, who graduated from McDonogh in 2005 before going on to a tremendous career at the University of Maryland and becoming a first round selection in the 2009 NFL draft, has donated the funds necessary to add lights to John McDonogh Stadium, the Eagles long time home.

“On every level, night games are exciting,” said Heyward-Bey, who now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  “Young players dream of playing under the lights, but the reality is that 95 percent of athletes don’t play after high school.  I’m glad McDonogh football players will now have that opportunity.”

Long complimented for having the best natural grass playing surface in the region, John McDonogh Stadium has seen other major improvements in recent years, having added a press box and a state-of-the-art video scoreboard.

The Eagles have just four home games in 2014 and all four have been scheduled for Friday night kickoffs (7:00 p.m.).  On Sept. 5, the Eagles will host St. Joseph Regional.  McDonogh will also host league rivals Mount St. Joseph (Oct. 2), St. Frances (Oct. 24) and Archbishop Spalding (Oct. 31).