Since 1969, Christian Brothers High School has participated in the annual Holy Bowl against Jesuit High School at Hughes Stadium. The 50th Holy Bowl not only marks the Golden Anniversary of the rivalry event, but it is also the last time the senior Falcons will attempt to sink the ship. Out of the 13 seniors […]
Since 1969, Christian Brothers High School has participated in the annual Holy Bowl against Jesuit High School at Hughes Stadium. The 50th Holy Bowl not only marks the Golden Anniversary of the rivalry event, but it is also the last time the senior Falcons will attempt to sink the ship. Out of the 13 seniors on the varsity football team, five of them have played all four years of high school.
Caylen Walker (‘20), who has been playing football since the fourth grade, states that the thought that this is his last Holy Bowl is “bittersweet”. Reed Mercer (‘20), co-captain of the team says with a sigh that “it’s kinda sad that this is the last Holy Bowl because I wish I could do this every year.”
The team hopes to beat the Marauders and end the decade long losing streak. Standing tall with a grin on his face, Caylen says that the team is, “not taking any L’s.”
Along with having confidence going into the game, Reed remains modest about the past interactions with Jesuit on the field. “Just be humble. It’s a humbling experience when you lose a lot, but I think we’ll be just fine.”
Reed and Caylen have both played all four years of high school and the Christian Brothers Football staff has gone far and wide to help them understand not only the game, but also the meaning of brotherhood on the football field.
“They taught me how to be a team player, not just an individual,” mentioned Caylen.
Coach John Wiley truly cares about his players future in the sport. “[He] helps all the players get their names out to colleges [for those] who want to go on to the next level,” according to Reed.
The two have made countless memories from the past four years with their team turned family. Over the course of their Falcon Football career, the team has had plenty of time to get to know each other as brothers. After the hardworking summer, Caylen reflected on the strength of the team’s bond.
“Through the excruciating heat, we gave our all on the field which gave us a sense of appreciation for each other knowing no matter what we go through everything as a team,” he says.
As Holy Bowl marks the beginning of the season, the players have confidence for a glorious end to their time on the Christian Brothers gridiron. With much faith in the football team, Caylen believes this team will go “deep into the playoffs”. After starting the season with a 2-1 record, Reed commented that “this year’s team is looking pretty good.”
The Holy Bowl is Saturday September 14 at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium with Junior Varsity at 4:30, and Varsity at 7:00. Come and support your senior Falcons attempt to sink the ship one last time.