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PREVIEW: Cathedral vs. St. Augustine (CA)

October 22, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA – The annual “Holy Bowl” is on tap for Friday at 10 p.m. (EST) when the Cathedral Catholic Dons tackle the St. Augustine Saints. Over 10,000 fans are expected at Cathedral Catholic High School for a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

The rivalry began in 1966 with Cathedral Catholic holding a 31-19 all-time series lead, including wins in 27 of the last 39 matchups. St. Augustine won last season’s game 28-20.

The Dons, coached by Sean Doyle, are coming off a rough season in which they had to forfeit all of their wins because of the use of an ineligible player. But that hasn’t had an effect this season, as they are 6-1 after a 38-0 rout of Lincoln. Senior back Chris Moliga has rushed for over 800 yards and 12 TDs this season.

The Richard Sanchez-coached Saints went 11-2 last season, losing to Madison 35-21 in the Division 4 state championship. They are 5-2 after a 56-17 blasting of Mira Mesa. Senior quarterback Joe Joe Hudson (824 yards and 8 TDs) and sophomore back Elijah Preston (707 yards and 10 TDs) lead the attack.

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Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.