Football takes over Fenway for Gridiron Series

Ivy League matchup opens 6-game slate at historic ballpark

Football takes over Fenway for Gridiron Series

Fenway Park transformed into a college football stadium Friday night for an Ivy League matchup between Dartmouth and Brown, kicking off the Fenway Gridiron Series.

Dartmouth defeated Brown, 33-10, in the first of six football games scheduled to be played at the Red Sox's home ballpark. The series continues Saturday with Massachusetts taking on Maine and Nov. 18 with Connecticut playing Boston College. The ballpark will also host three Boston-area high school matchups on Nov. 21 and 22.

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MLB's oldest ballpark has a history of hosting football games. Fenway Park was home to high school and college games in the early 20th century and to the Boston Patriots from 1963-68.

Football returned to Fenway for the first time since the Patriots moved their home games to Alumni Stadium in 1969 when Notre Dame played Boston College in 2015.

In Friday's contest, Dartmouth outgained Brown, 421 yards to 264, with junior quarterback Jack Heneghan leading the way. Heneghan completed 21 of 31 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns -- both to receiver Hunter Hagdorn. Running back Ryder Stone rushed for 63 yards and a score.

The Big Green went into the half with a 23-3 edge, then padded their lead when defensive back Jarius Brown intercepted Thomas Linta on Brown's first third-quarter drive and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown. Jaelon Blandburg hauled in the Bears' lone touchdown on a 29-yard pass from Linta in the fourth quarter.

With the win, Dartmouth improved to 7-2 and moved into second place behind Yale in the Ivy League standings. Brown fell to 2-7 and remains winless in conference play.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.