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PREVIEW: Jesuit vs. Christian Brothers (CA)

September 17, 2013

CARMICHAEL, CA – Can the Jesuit Marauders keep up their success against the Christian Brothers Falcons? We’ll find out on Saturday at 10 p.m. (EST) when the two teams collide for the annual “Holy Bowl” at Hughes Stadium where an estimated 14,000 fans are expected to watch the game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

The Marauders have won 10 straight in the series and 18 of the last 20 overall. They hold a 25-15-2 all-time lead in the series, which began in 1969. The Falcons haven’t won since a 14-13 decision in 2001 and before that, they hadn’t won since 1992.

Jesuit, coached by Marlon Blanton, were just .500 last season but haven’t opened this season strong, outscoring its two opponents 83-21 to start 2-0 (its last win was 48-14 over El Camino). Senior quarterback Jason Elenberger has led the charge, throwing for nearly 300 yards and five TDs.

Christian Brothers, coached by George Petrissans, has opened the season with two straight wins – already equaling half of last season’s total wins. It beat McClatchy 47-20 in its last game. Senior back Masen Stahley has amassed over 300 yards and five TDs so far this season.

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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.