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CB Q&A: Coach George Petrissans

CB’s head football coach reveals what he expects from his players this Saturday as well as his favorite Holy Bowl memories. On the eve of Holy Bowl XLII, the coaches from both Jesuit and Christian Brothers are in the spotlight. The Falcons have head coach Mr. George Petrissans returning for a second season, while Jesuit has […]

CB’s head football coach reveals what he expects from his players this Saturday as well as his favorite Holy Bowl memories.

On the eve of Holy Bowl XLII, the coaches from both Jesuit and Christian Brothers are in the spotlight. The Falcons have head coach Mr. George Petrissans returning for a second season, while Jesuit has a new coach in Marlon Blanton, previously of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo. The Talon got a chance to catch up with Coach Petrissans to see how the team is preparing for Holy Bowl.

CBTalon.com:  The Jesuit game is a big rivalry game.  How do you expect the players to act and prepare compared to a normal non-rival game?

Mr. George Petrissans:  I think it’s going to be a great week of practice. The guys are gonna be excited to play, as they should.  And I think they’re well motivated to play Jesuit. They know it’s a rivalry game.

CBT:  What do you expect from Jesuit?

GP:  They will be extremely physical.  They have a new style of offense where essentially downhill, directly at you in a physical manner.  I expect them to be extremely competitive and fast on defense and I expect them to play up like they normally do for this game.

CBTWhat’s your fondest memory of Holy Bowl in the eleven years you have been here?

GP:  Well I have two. My first one is actually when we tied them [in 2005]. It was the birth week of my son, so when I think of that game I think of my son being born and how well my players played that week.  It should have been a victory but it ended up being a tie.

The second one is actually the victory we had three years ago.  I was up in the press box calling plays at that time. Watching the far side entirely in blue cheering and cheering together — it was awesome. I remember calling my wife in the last ten seconds of the game just to let her know how awesome it looked.  And everyone rushing the field—it was just beautiful.

CBTWhat do you remember from your first Holy Bowl?

GP:  I remember probably going up against one of the best Jesuit teams we have ever faced and I remember how many people were at the game — I was shocked to see how many people would come to a high school game for this rivalry.

CBTHow will this game affect the rest of the season and the players’ mentalities?

GP: It’s just another week.  It’s a rivalry week .and they need to prepare for it as such. But in the grand scope of things, it’s another week.  It’s a preseason game.

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The Falcons take on Jesuit this Saturday for Holy Bowl XLII.  The festivities begin at 3 P.M. with the freshman game, followed by the JV at 5, and Varsity rounding off the night at 7 p.m.

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