Cathedral Catholic High School puts it's unbeaten record on the line Saturday in the Open Division Championship game against Helix. Head Coach Sean Doyle has coached in Championship games many times, but this game will mark a very special occasion as his son will play on the field.
"Ever since I was younger he is the one that put the football in my hand," said Cathedral Catholic senior Nick Doyle. "So it's cool to make it to the top with him. I wouldn't want to do it with anyone else."
Nick Doyle started playing varsity football for his dad, Sean, as a sophomore at Cathedral Catholic. But really, he received coaching from his dad from the time they adopted him through Catholic Charities as an infant. Now Nick has turned into a starting defensive back for the top team in the county.
"All my hard work and dreams are coming to life," said Nick. "If we get the 'W' on Saturday and continue on to State it would be a dream come true."
As a head coach, Sean Doyle earned 8 CIF titles with Cathedral Catholic. However a win on Saturday would mark his first CIF Championship with his son.
"Each one is sweet and something always makes them special or different," said Sean Doyle. "This will be a big part of making it different. It's really special. He is a senior. He is going back East to play lacrosse so he will be a long ways away which will make it tough."
Nick accepted a scholarship to play lacrosse at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and will move 3,000 miles away from the Dons football field he grew up on.
"Going from ball boy to water boy to actually being in the game and looking at the little kids I once was. It's crazy," said Nick.
"I remember I would look down on the sidelines and he and his friend would be out there in the middle of the field fielding the ball," said Sean. "It's gotta be cool for him to be one of the guys now."
No matter the outcome of Saturdays game, father and son will always have their bond.
"He is a great coach on and off the field," said Nick. "He is loving. He cares about everyone. He puts everyone before him. Everyone's idol."