The new coaching staff at St. Frances Academy, led by former Gilman top assistant Henry Russell, is attempting to build the Panthers into a national high school football power.

One of the building blocks for that type of success is step onto big stages and measure yourself against big time programs. On Friday, St. Frances was on one of the biggest stages in all of college football as they traveled to the University of Michigan and challenged Paramus Catholic (NJ) at Michigan Stadium, affectionately known as the Big House.

Paramus pulled away late to turn a tight battle into a 38-20 victory.

After falling behind 13-0, St. Frances scored twice in the second quarter to take a 14-13 lead at the half. The Panthers also led 21-20 in the third quarter, before the Paladins scored the game’s final 17 points.