The Football Tradition for the Prep League in


We really hate to disappoint our good Holy Cross fans, but they will just have to wait just a little bit longer to celebrate.  It was tough going against Jesuit for all opponents in 1933.  This was their fourth straight Prep League title, a record, and their first state title.  They smothered nearly everyone they met in that championship year.  They really had the horses.

Holy Cross had a losing season in ‘33, but the program was on track, doing a great job of building a future champion team.  Fortier was almost as dominant as Jesuit, holding all opponents scoreless until the showdown game at Loyola Stadium before a record crowd of 11,000 fans.  By the time the Tarpons and Jays met in November for the league lead, Jesuit had outscored all opponents by 201 points to zero, while Fortier had run it up by 143 to zero.

The Blue Jays were not to be denied in that golden year.  They played their best and defeated the Tarpons by 7-6.  Fortier would go on to win their final three games in shutouts, but the lone loss to Jesuit deprived them of playoff hopes. 

The Jesuit-Easton clash was a big deal that year, drawing yet another record crowd of 14,000, and Jesuit took their rivals by 25-0, their biggest win ever over Easton.  On their playoff march to the state crown, the Jays had to fight hard to defeat Morgan City by 6-0, Lake Charles by the same score and the state title was won over Byrd by penetrations in a scoreless tie.  Penetrations were 2-0 in favor of Jesuit.

St. Aloysius gave Jesuit a pretty hard time, going down by only 13-0.  They held the Jays scoreless for most of the first half, but were not quite ready for an upset.

In honor of St. Aloysius’ good play in 1933, we present their very first football team. 

The year was 1921.  Sorry; they don’t show the names:

The official story as printed in the Times-Picayune 
Copyright (c) 1933, the times-Picayune Publishing co.


Clay Calhoun Makes All Three Touchdowns; Mohr Goes Well

By Stanley Ray, Jr. 11/18/33

Led by Clay Calhoun, who scored all the touchdowns, and Billy Mohr the champion Jesuit High school football team added another victory to its string of Class A prep school triumphs by winning 20-0 from Holy Cross Friday night at Loyola Stadium.

Holy Cross surprised the fans by its great defensive work, holding the Jays to by one first down the entire first half while making four.  However, in the second half it was a different story, the Jays making eight first downs to the Tigers’ two. 

Besides Calhoun and Mohr, Captain Eddie Toribio starred, showing some nice defensive work, making many fine tackles from the rear after the runner was loose.  In the line Johnny Egan, Billy Childress and Dave Loker stood our.

For the Tigers Mike Casey and Bernie Boesch played best in the backfield while David and Henry Kattan and LaCroix were the strongest on defense in the line.

The Blue Jays scored in the first few minutes of play and then went on the defensive until the start of the second half.  The victors added a tally in the third period and a final one in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

The game attracted a crowd of a little more than 5000, it being homecoming for both schools.

The Blue Jays lost little time in putting across a touchdown.  The Jays kicked off and Boesch received on the Holy Cross 10-yard mark.  Boesch returned to the 20-yard mark but then fumbled and Billy Childress recovered for the Blue and White.

Mohr went off right tackle for two yards and then broke loose through the other tackle for 17 yards, being forced out of bounds on the one-yard stripe.  Calhoun ploughed through center but was stopped for a half-yard gain.  On the next play he crashed through the middle of the line for a touchdown.  Loker placekicked the extra point.

For the rest of the first quarter and the entire second period the Blue Jays were strictly on the defensive, kicking on first and second down.

Holy Cross, mainly through Boesch’s great kicking, had the Jays back deep in their own territory and added four first downs which helped bring the ball into scoring distance but never did result in any disaster for the Blue and White.

Toribio’s great speed saved the Jays from being scored upon, when he caught Boesch from behind after the Cross star fullback got loose on a reverse play and traveled 25 yards to midfield.  He had a clear field in front of him, but the fleet Jay captain snagged him at the 50-yard stripe and dropped him.

The Jays went back on the offensive at the start of the third quarter.  The Blue Jays kicked off to the Tigers and after the Holy Cross backs had lost about 10 yards on three tries at the line Boesch was forced to kick from his own 10.  The ball went out of bounds at the Cross 40 and the Jays marched to a score.  Mohr and Calhoun were the main factors in the march to the 12-yard line.  At this point on a fake spinner Calhoun broke through right tackle for 12 yards and a touchdown.  Loker missed the try for extra point from placement.

As the third period neared a close Jesuit started another trek down the field from the Holy Cross 48-yard line.  Again the fine running of Mohr and Calhoun brought the ball down the field.  As the period ended the Jays had the ball on the seven-yard line.

Mohr hit left tackle for five yards and Calhoun went over on the second play of the final quarter.  Mohr's 18-yard run was the longest of this march.

Jesuit (20)   


Holy Cross (0)


L E   

D. Kattan


L T   



L G   

H. Kattan





R G   


R. Casey   

R T   



R E   



Q B   



L H   

M. Casey


R H   



F B   





Gendron, Smith, Haney

Holy Cross:   

Lyons, D’Antonio


Penalties: Jesuit: 75 yards; Holy Cross: 0 yards.


SERIES TO DATE: Jesuit leads 10-1-1.

Jesuit’s record for 1933:   


State Champions! All Victorious!








Bay St. Louis   


Baton Rouge   








Holy Cross   


St. Aloysius   


Warren Easton   


Morgan City   


(Playoff game)

Lake Charles   


(So. La. Championship)

Byrd High   


(State championship.  Jesuit won on penetrations, 2-0)       

Season Record (13-0-0)

Points scored:: 271-6



An interesting photograph:  Notice Lou Brownson and Gernon Brown, side by side.
Hale Boggs wore No.9 and Eddie Toribio wears No. 40.  Also Dick Daigre’s dad was an
assistant coach while a student at Loyola.  Assistant Jack Orsley later became Louisiana’s
top college track and field coach.