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The Football Tradition for the Prep League in
1923:

1923: EASTON AND JESUIT CONTINUE DOMINANCE IN PREP FOOTBALL

 
Before the 1923 season, Loyola hired away Jesuit's good coach, Bill Daly.  However, they performed well.  Poplarville beat the Jays 34-0.  It must have made the Jays mad, because they took revenge on St. Aloysius 42-0.
 
Holy Cross started out well, winning three games.  They beat the Galvez Street Tigers 19-6, the Gretna Pioneers 20-13 and stomped poor St. Aloysius 34-0.  However, the HC Micks lost six games and failed to score in any of them. 

Jesuit's only remaining trouble that year was that they had to play Warren Easton.  that was before 7,000 fans at Heineman Park, just short of the attendance record.  Everybody got their 50 cents' worth, as the Blue and White fought tooth and nail to a 9-7 victory.  The Jays were prep league champions for the second straight year; however, being a Catholic school, they could not advance to the state playoffs, which were reserved for public schools.
  
For more information on the 1923 season and some interest "ancient" history of New Orleans prep football, we suggest that you read "The Golden Game" by Ron Brocato © 2002.

Here is the official game report of the game that took place on Thursday, October 19, 1923

Copyright © 1923, The Times-Picayune Publishing Co.

 Holy Cross Is Swamped by Jesuits

Holy Cross college was turned back in its 1923 Prep League debut at the hands of the Jesuit college eleven by a score of 40 to 0 at Heineman park.

Standing out in Jesuitís victory was the star playing of Johnny Menville at quarterback.  This lad, although in his first year on the squad, handles himself like a veteran and is really the big man in the Blue-Jaysí offensive at present.  Menville made two of the touchdowns for this team yesterday, scoring one in the second quarter when he went around left end for a marker on a criss-cross play and another in the third period when he went off tackle for five yards and a score.  Menville also showed some rare drop kicking ability, making four successful dropkicks after touchdown out of six tries.

The initial touchdown was scored early in the first quarter.  After holding the Cross boys for downs, Jesuits received the oval on the 45-yard line and began a series of line bucks that brought the ball down to the seven-yard line, from where Charley Villavaso tore off right tackle for a touchdown.  Menville kicked the goal.

Fullback Juge also carried the ball over for a marker in the second quarter when Jesuits, gaining possession of the ball on a fumble recovered by Krieger, carried the ball down the field to the 5-yard line.  Then Juge went through center for the tally.

In the third quarter, Karl Fischer bucked the Holy Cross line for five yards and a touchdown, while Paul Drouet added another score in the final period when he went off tackle for two yards.

Coach Leo Ernstís Holy Cross squad is composed of inexperienced boys and was no match for the crack Jesuit combination.  The Blue-Jays worked long end runs on the Cross team for long gains, while Menville, Fischer and Juge were also able to make appreciable gains through the Cross line, Captain Mark Falgoust at center was the losers, although Barlow, A. Gentile and L. Nalty deserve mention for the good playing in the backfield.

 

Lineups:

 

 

Holy Cross

Pos.

Jesuits

Clesi

L.E.

Varenholt

Delatte

L.T.

Miller

DiMaggio

L.G.

Demarest

Falgoust

C

Kleinschmidt

Stoma

R.G.

Betpouey

Goutierrez

R.T.

B. Blanchard

Nieto

R.E.

Drouet

L. Nalty

Q.B.

Menville

Bertucci

L.H.B.

Fischer

A. Gemille

R.H.B.

Villavaso

Barlow

F.B

Juge

 

Substitutions:

 

Holy Cross

Wise, B.Nalty, Scanlon, Corcoran, Plaussin, Smith,

Jesuits

Krieger, Riccuiti, Morris, Gaudin, McLaughlin,

   

Penalties

 

Jesuits

35 yards

 

 

SEASON RECORD

Jesuit

Opponent

 

Bill Healy, Coach  

 

 

Jefferson College 27

0

 

Delgado

69

0

 

Holy Cross

40

0

 

Poplarville, Miss.

0

34 

Loss

Spring Hill

7

0

 

St. Aloysius

42

0

 

Morgan City

13

13

Tie

Warren Easton

9

7

 

Totals 6-1-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

SEASON RECORD

Holy Cross

Opponent

 

HOLY CROSS

   

 

Leo Ernst, Coach

 

 

 

Galvez Tigers 

19

6

 

Gretna Pioneers 

20

13

 

St. Aloysius

34

0

 

Jesuit

0

40

Loss

Totals 3-1-0

 

 

 

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