You look to the your left and then your right — all you see is a sea of blue. The scoreboard clock is clicking down from 20. Hundreds of students yell each number. “19…18…17…” Security guards and teachers try to prevent the students from running onto the field. CB Football players are unable to move […]
You look to the your left and then your right — all you see is a sea of blue. The scoreboard clock is clicking down from 20. Hundreds of students yell each number.
Security guards and teachers try to prevent the students from running onto the field. CB Football players are unable to move as they see 30-27 on the scoreboard.
The sea of blue overtakes the field. Players and students hug each other and cry.
The boys did it. A decade later and they pulled out the W.
After 10 long years of fighting hard, Christian Brothers very own Varsity Football team won the 2019 Holy Bowl. It was a surreal event for the staff, parents, students, alumni, and of course, the football players. To get a glimpse of this stomach churning event, the Talon talked to some of the players on the football team to get some insight of what it’s like to make history.
Holy Bowl is one of the biggest games of the season. So was there extra practice? Did they learn new plays? The boys watched film of Jesuit to learn how they operate on the field and who to look out for. But not only did the boys watch film, the got the opportunity to gain advice from a CB legend. Jacob Stewart (‘21) added that former Falcon Asante Cleveland (‘10), who played in the NFL, came in and talked to the boys since he was on the football team the last time CB won in 2009.
“He really helped,” Jacob says. He told us what mindset should be kept and how to attack the game and own it”
The boys were obviously very nervous going into the game, but they had a gut feeling this was their year to win. Bobby Horst (‘21) shares how the team’s undeniable chemistry helps on the field.
“We get along really well. I think that helped since we understand each other’s playing style”
Although the boys felt this was their year to win, the motivation behind the game was still as strong as always. The bright lights, screaming fans, cheerleaders, parents, and students aided in the drive and excitement for the boys. Luke Jones (‘20) explained the awestruck feeling of being on the field.
“It was surreal looking up into the stands and seeing 12,000 people up there all here to watch us play.”
This game hit differently for players, for they said they felt a different kind of vibe in the crowd that night. Cole Mellor (‘21) felt the severity of the pressure.
“I knew we had 6,000 supporters and we did not want to disappoint them.”
The anticipation of taking the dub on the field made the time fly by but also created a lot of suspense for the boys. Once they knew they had done it, that they had really beat Jesuit, the players could not even believe it.
Justin Douglas (‘21) mentioned he had never felt so much adrenaline in his entire life. Not only did the boys feel this adrenaline, but also the students in the stands that had rushed the field once the clock hit 0. Luke mentioned that he will remember this night until he dies.
“It truly felt like the best night of my life, like my teammates and I completed the impossible.”
Obviously winning the game was a highlight of the night, but Luke, Bobby, Jacob, Justin, and Cole all agreed that the sea of blue that rushed the field was the by far the best part. Thousands of kids crying of happiness, players dropping to the floor of disbelief, people hugging people they don’t even know — this game truly brought love and unity among the CB community.
After all the excitement, the boys headed into the locker room where they continued to celebrate their victory. They blasted music and danced around as the rivalry championship trophy was passed from player to player. Luke, Cole, Bobby, Justin, Cole, and Jacob said they huddled in a circle, put their heads together, and cried tears of happiness. September 14th, 2019 will forever go down in history as the game of the decade for CB football thanks to our dedicated and hard working football players. Bleeding blue has never felt so good.