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Bo knows Sacred Heart Prep

Daily Pilot High School Football Player of the Week

Junior receiver, who had career-best game last week, has an uncle as assistant coach on opposing team.

December 19, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

Every college football season, Bo St. Geme and his father, Ed St. Geme, make a trip up north to catch a Stanford game. The father and son tend to stay at a family member's house in Menlo Park, which is a short drive to the stadium on campus.

The family member is Matt Moran, who is Bo's uncle. Moran also happens to be a former teammate of Bo's dad. Ed and Moran played football at Stanford from 1981 to 1984 and they are two reasons why Bo is a rabid fan of the Cardinal.

This season, Bo and Ed didn't make it to a game with Moran at The Farm, where Stanford plays. A couple of months ago, Bo caught up with Moran over the phone. They talked about the Cardinal and getting together for a game later in the season.

Bo and Moran are actually going to see each other during the football season and it will take place prior to Stanford playing in the Rose Bowl. They are meeting Saturday, and of all places, on the field of the final high school football game of Bo's junior season with Corona del Mar.

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Moran won't be rooting for his nephew, though. The game also marks the last one for Moran's high school team this year.

Moran is an assistant coach at Atherton Sacred Heart Prep, CdM's opponent in the CIF State Division III Bowl Game at the StubHub Center in Carson at noon. In the way of the Sea Kings' attempt at finishing the season a perfect 16-0 is the team of Bo's uncle.

"I'll obviously … say hi to him before the game and talk to him a little bit," Bo says, "but we're going there to try to win the state championship."

Moran has the same attitude heading into the state final.

"I'm going to coach as hard as I can to win," says Moran, who is in charge of the offensive line. "Unfortunately, someone has to lose this game. I hope it's not us who lose."

Keep in mind that Moran is the one who introduced Bo's parents, Ed and Ceci. The two met while at Stanford, where Ceci competed as a star distance runner and Ed as a safety.

The rest is history, Ed and Ceci married in 1986, and they went on to have six children, the only boy being Bo. At that wedding is where Moran finally hit it off with Ceci's sister, Ellen.

"We had kind of known each other, but she probably didn't like me at first," says Moran, who started on the offensive line at Stanford for four years, a couple of those protecting John Elway. "I was a little too cocky."

Coming out in the wedding helped Moran's chances with Ellen. The two decided to tie the knot later on.

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