The one thing the players feared was a dud effort Saturday night.
Fear not, young sirs.
Holy Bowl XXLIII at Hughes Stadium offered plenty of fireworks in cool conditions, spirited, dueling rooting sections and a student streaker who narrowly evaded security as he raced down Freeport Boulevard.
Mostly, No. 18 Jesuit undressed No. 19 Christian Brothers, prevailing 52-28 in the second-highest-scoring game in Holy Bowl history. In 1974, Christian Brothers beat Jesuit 53-28.
Jesuit's Ben Parietti rushed for a Holy Bowl-record 280 yards and scored four touchdowns in displaying field vision and bursts, including an opening 80-yard run. He also scored on runs of 2, 45 and 29 yards in earning the game MVP honor.
Jason Elenberger, the latest impressive Marauders quarterback from a school with a busload of them, rushed for 92 yards, including scoring runs of 4 and 27 yards, and he hit Isaiah Bailey on an 80-yard touchdown pass to make it 36-20 in the third quarter. Elenberger also completed three passes on two-point conversions.
Jesuit (3-0) is in the second year running the veer offense, installed by coach Marlon Blanton, who played in the system at famed De La Salle in Concord.
"It's taken awhile to get used to it, but it's working," tight end Austin Gates said.
Chris Guillen passed for 256 yards for CBS (3-1), and he scored on runs of 11 and 4 yards. Tight end Hayden Jones had 133 receiving yards for the Falcons, and he kicked field goals of 43 and 34 yards.
Jesuit sophomore running back Beau Bisharat rushed for 98 physical yards, bringing to mind his father Charlie Bisharat, who set Jesuit rushing records in 1976 and '77.
Matthew Coyle had two interceptions for Jesuit, which leads the all-time series 27-14-2.
Herd grinders No. 2 Elk Grove set a single-season school record with 625 rushing yards in blasting Sheldon 55-0 on Friday night. Sheldon went in averaging 52 points per game.
Team rushing leader Wadus Parker had seven carries for 82 yards, and reserves Eltoro Allen, Julius Fullah and Manny Scott-Anderson combined for 365 rushing yards and four scores.
Browning update Jake Browning tossed eight touchdown passes as No. 1 Folsom beat San Ramon Valley of Danville 67-36, completing 37 of 48 passes for 596 yards with just one interception and no sacks. Junior Josiah Deguara had 10 catches for 113 yards and two scores.
Browning's single-game yardage total is the third-most in Northern California history to the 689 he unleashed on Woodcreek in his varsity debut last fall and the 601 that Folsom's Tanner Trosin dropped on Deer Valley of Antioch in a 49-46 victory in 2011, according to Mark Tennis of Cal-Hi Sports.
Browning, a junior, leads the state with 1,625 passing yards and 24 touchdown tosses. He has four interceptions in 151 attempts.
Welcome back Pleasant Grove senior Brandon Lewis is making up for lost time in a hurry.
The defensive back and running back, a Boise State verbal commit, is showing no ill effects from a knee injury that cost him the 2012 season.
He rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown to help lead the No. 3 Eagles past No. 8 Inderkum 33-19 Friday.
"He looks great, and it's nice to have him back," said Eagles quarterback Dre Terrell, who accounted for three touchdowns.
De La Stomp In beating No. 7 Del Oro 41-3 in Concord, national powerhouse De La Salle extended its unbeaten streak against NorCal teams to 241-0-2 since 1991, 35-0 lifetime against the Sac-Joaquin Section and 6-0 lifetime against Sacramento teams.
Since 1984, De La Salle is 326-5-2 against NorCal teams, though some regional fans continue to insist De La Salle ducks programs such as Grant, Elk Grove and Granite Bay. Teams who play a national schedule duck no one.
Stoppers Sacramento had five goal-line stands in a 14-6 victory over River City on Friday. The defense was led by Kalen McDonald, Lonny Powell and Jimmy Hatch.
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