Jesuit's Cameron Todd has no problem getting fired up for the Holy Bowl.
Two years ago as a sophomore, Todd ran all over Christian Brothers in leading the Marauders' JVs to victory on a night when the Jesuit freshmen and varsity lost.
Tonight at Hughes Stadium, the 5-foot-7, 195-pound senior did it again, this time on the varsity and in the 41st annual meeting between the two venerable parochial schools.
Todd rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as Jesuit cruised to a 36-12 win in front of another mega-crowd that was estimated to be anywhere between 12,000 and 14,000.
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With Jesuit's line of George Vrame, Garrett Strohmaier, Blake Rogers, Joseph Garcia, Rafael Aguilar and Jared Elenberger clearing the way, Todd got plenty of chances to show his form.
Among his best were a 59-yard burst on his first carry that led to Jesuit's first touchdown to open the game and a 21-yarder around left end in the second quarter for the Marauders' second touchdown and a 13-0 lead.
He was by no means a one-man show for Jesuit.
Patrick Barrientes rushed for two touchdowns and had an interception; 6-5 sophomore wide receiver Lake Lutes had a 16-yard touchdown catch from Mason Pigman; and Andrew Nave kicked a 45-yard field goal.
Defensively, J.T. Frank and Parker Abercrombie had interceptions and Ian Hause recovered a fumble.
Pigman, making only his second varsity start at quarterback in place of the ill Tom Sperbeck, looked more comfortable throwing and running than in last Saturday's 21-14 loss to Del Campo, his varsity debut at quarterback.
Sperbeck, still recovering from mononucleosis, suited up and saw action on a handful of plays. He carried one time for seven yards.
Although it was a tough night for Christian Brothers, whose offensive struggles (the Falcons came in averaging 104 total yards and had only 64 at halftime) continued in dropping to 0-4, they had a couple of bright spots.
Junior Jalen Walker impressed as a wide receiver and wildcat quarterback. He accounted for 79 of the Falcons' 116 rushing yards and caught a nine-yard touchdown pass, the Falcons' first with 5:07 left to play in the game.
Junior back-up quarterback Caden Noon also had some nice moments. He completed four of his last six passes and ran for a 14-yard touchdown on the game's final play.
Per the new CIF rules, with Jesuit ahead 36-0, the final quarter went to a running clock.
With the win, Jesuit (2-1) now leads the series 25-15-2. It also was Jesuit's second consecutive Holy Bowl win. The Marauders upset the Falcons 18-15 last season after losing to CBS 21-6 in 2009.
Despite tonight's mismatch and the Falcons' winless record, Jesuit coach Dan Carmazzi thinks the game still matters.
He was a CBS quarterback in the first two games (1969 and 1970), and he first coached in the series in 1976 while on the CBS staff. He has been Jesuit's coach the last 31 seasons.
"It's always special," Carmazzi said. "The game has been re-energized the last decade. It's been a cycle. In the 1970s, it went back and forth - ties, games in the mud.
"The '80s was the decade of CBS with Jeff Tisdel, Dan Hawkins, the Delgados. In the 1990s, it was our decade. We had a run, and the last decade it went back and forth."
JESUIT 36, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 12
Christian Brothers 0 0 0 12 - 12
Jesuit 7 6 16 7 - 36
J - Barrientes 1 run (Nave kick)
J - Todd 21 run (kick failed)
J - Barrientes 21 run (kick failed)
J - Nave 45 FG
J - Lutes 16 pass from Pigman (Nave kick)
J - Todd 3 run (Endicott kick)
CBS - Walker 9 pass from Noon (pass failed)
CBS - Noon 14 run (pass failed)