By Will James
Home Town Sports
One of the longest standing and most celebrated high school football rivalries in Northern California is renewed on Saturday when the Jesuit Marauders meet the Christian Brothers Falcons in the 44th Annual Holy Bowl.
Access Sacramento will cover this fierce non-league showdown and battle for bragging rights, with a live telecast on the Home Town Sports Game-of-the-Week beginning Saturday at 7 pm on Comcast and Consolidated Communications (SureWest) ch. 17 and AT&T U-verse Ch. 99. The game will also be streamed on the web from www.AccessSacramento.org Push Watch TV-17.
Jesuit prevailed in last season’s Holy Bowl, blasting Christian Brothers, 52-28 before a turnout in excess of 18 thousand fans. The victory gave the Marauders a 26-17 overall edge in the all-time series that originated in 1969.
In accordance with the current rankings, it’s likely Jesuit and Christian Brothers are ranked in the highest positions and in the closest proximity to each other heading into the Holy Bowl than at any other time in the last 20 years. In the latest “Dimino’s Dozen” weekly rankings, both teams are rated in the Top-10, with CBS in the #9 spot, slightly ahead of #10 Jesuit.
Both teams are coming off victories last week and enter play with momentum. Head Coach Marlon Blanton‘s Marauders notched a 42-28 win over Yuba City to even their record at 1-1, having previously lost to national powerhouse DeLaSalle in Week-Zero. RB Beau Bisharat, WR Isaiah Bailey and DE Kori Collons are driving forces for Big Red.
Christian Brothers is off to a solid start with a 2-0 mark after its season-opening victory over River City followed by a 46-23 win over Laguna Creek. Versatile QB Chris Guillen, WR Jalen Swanigan, and RB Jamarri Jackson lead the way for the Falcons.
Adding some spice to the contest is the ironic twist in the coaching journey of Dan Carmazzi. The former long-time and highly successful Jesuit Coach, who played in the Holy Bowl for Christian Brothers in the inaugural 1969 game, is now the new head coach for the Falcons.
Attendance figures for the Holy Bowl each of the past two years have approached 20-thousand. Another enormous crowd is expected to pile into Hughes Stadium on Saturday. A word to the wise… buy your tickets in advance and arrive early for parking and good seating for the Big Show.