Athletically and aesthetically, Friday night will go down as one of the most bizarre, bodacious, breathtaking evenings in Jesuit High lore.
Roughly 100 members of Jesuit's student body, including Elvis impersonator Cameron Ruff (pictured), arrived at the Tigers' home game against rival Tampa Catholic bedecked in assorted costumes. Among the get-ups: Captain America, a Wheaties box, a hot dog, even an Amish person.
The most conspicuous -- and loudest -- throng in a crowd of roughly 1,200, the students helped cheer and chant the Tigers to a 64-28 embarrassment of the Crusaders in a game that ended with a running clock. Then, the group exited the back door of the Al Lopez Sports Complex and matriculated to Alumni Field, where its soccer team was hosting Palmetto in a region semifinal.
It closed the evening rushing the field after Tigers senior Brett Durrance's goal in overtime lifted the hosts to a 2-1 victory.
"It grew on me," Tigers basketball coach Neal Goldman said. "I wasn't thrilled with the idea at the beginning; I like the black-out and the white-out (promotions). But the costume thing grew on me a little bit tonight."