repare for a football spectacle like no other as the Great American Rivalry Series commemorates its 20th season with a historic showdown known as “The Holy Bowl” between the Cathedral Catholic Dons and the St. Augustine Saints. On Friday, October 27th, 2023, the stage will be set at Manchester Stadium for a clash that transcends sport.

Since its inception in 1966, “The Holy Bowl” has captured the hearts of football fans, becoming one of the most anticipated events on the calendar. As these two storied programs gear up for their 59th meeting, the excitement is palpable.

With Cathedral Catholic leading the all-time series 36-22, the rivalry showcases a blend of tradition, competition, and community pride that has united fans for generations. Last season’s encounter saw Cathedral Catholic emerge victorious with a resounding 41-27 triumph.

Rick Ford, Founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, emphasized the significance of “The Holy Bowl,” stating, “Cathedral Catholic vs. St. Augustine exemplifies what high school football is all about. This game is a testament to the dedication and passion of these athletes, and we’re proud to showcase it as part of our 20th season.”

Adding to the lore of this storied rivalry, the game’s cancellation in 2007 due to wildfires serves as a testament to the resilience of both schools and their communities. Through adversity, “The Holy Bowl” has endured as a symbol of unity and strength.

With a crowd size of 6,000 fans expected to pack Manchester Stadium, the atmosphere will be electric, providing the perfect backdrop for the players to showcase their skills and determination.

On Friday, October 27th, 2023, Cathedral Catholic and St. Augustine will take to the field for another chapter in their storied history, a battle that will reverberate beyond the final whistle.

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Isaiash Hasten
St. Augustine


Andrew Varrissimo

Cathedral Catholic

4.30 cumulative gpa.
Zachary Horne

St. Augustine

Zachary is also a member of the varsity track & field program and has served as an ASB officer for 3 years. He is a Senior Big Brother and Retreat Team Leader.


It was an epic Thursday night in San Diego at the Holy Bowl. Featuring the long standing rivalry between the Cathedral Catholic Dons and St. Augustine Saints! With two straight punts to kick off the game, the saints went for it but couldn’t convert turning the ball over to the Dons. With both teams offense and defense going strong, the Saints made it to the red zone punching it in placing themselves on the board first. On the return, the Dons got the ball and a big first down with the fans going wild. WIth 25 seconds to get a TD before the half, the Dons answer entering the half 7-7. The Saints kicked off the 2nd half with an interception! Leading the Saints to punch in another with the point after touchdown blocked bringing the score up to 13-7 with just 7 minutes to go in the 3rd. The Saints were on fire with a massive throw into the end zone making the score now 20-7. The Dons fight back scoring with one minute left in the 3rd creeping up to 20-14. Pushing for a miracle, the Dons run a 50 yarder into the end zone to come within 6! However, the Dons came up short ending the game with the Saints taking home the hardware for a final score of 27-21.