High school football: Sperbeck leads Jesuit past Christian Brothers in Holy Bowl

Published: Sunday, Sep. 16, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Sunday, Sep. 16, 2012 - 2:28 pm

If the football thing doesn't work out for Jesuit's Thomas Sperbeck, he might consider a career as a dancer.

The senior quarterback's brilliant footwork and raw speed enabled No. 15 Jesuit to beat No. 16 Christian Brothers 28-23 Saturday night in Holy Bowl XLII at Hughes Stadium.

In front of a 15,000-plus crowd, the 6-foot, 175-pound Sperbeck threw for a touchdown; scored on runs of four and 72 yards and returned a fumble 85 yards for a touchdown as the Marauders (3-0) beat the Falcons (3-1) for the 26th time.

Sperbeck, who rushed for 95 yards and passed for 68, also had a 50-yard run called back on a penalty.

Caden Noon's two fourth-quarter touchdown runs cut Jesuit's 28-10 lead to five points late in the game, but Tyler Marshall recovered the onside kick, and Jesuit was able to run out the clock.

The Falcons' John Wagstaff blocked a field goal attempt late in the first half and returned the ball 81 yards for a touchdown.

– Bill Paterson

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