Jesuit teammates, bound for Big 12 rivals, divided for a day




Posted on October 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 11:55 PM

DALLAS -- Jesuit football players Jake Oliver and Jordan Mastrogiovanni are teammates and friends now, but at this time next year, it gets complicated.

As the two walked to practice the other day, they talked about the Red River Rivalry.

"And when they score, one whole side stands up," Oliver told Mastrogiovanni. "And the other just sits."

Oliver will play for Texas next year; Mastrogiovanni is headed to Oklahoma. The annual rivalry game was a factor for each when choosing where to play in college.

"I've watched it my entire life," Mastrogiovanni said. "Just thinking that I'll be able to play in it some day was really exciting."

"Big players make big plays on the big stage," said Oliver, who is 12 catches away from breaking the state record. "I came here to make big plays on the big stage, and this is the place to do it."

There's a handful of guys on the Texas and Oklahoma rosters who played together in high school, including UT running back Jeremy Hills. He played with OU wide receiver Derrick Bradley at Alief Elsik.

"Every time of year this week, our texts go up," Hills said. "Whenever we go back home, it's just bragging rights for back home in the Alief area."

Oliver plays wide receiver and Mastrogiovanni is a linebacker, which means their games against each other won't be just about bragging rights. At some point they'll actually hit each other.

"We'll probably be on special teams, because that's what freshman do," Oliver said. "He'll be on one special team, I'll be on the other, so that could be our first encounter."

It's just one of the elements that makes this game great. But when they see each other after the game, only one of them will be happy.