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Copyright © 1937 The Times-Picayune
HOLY CROSS AND JESUIT IN 6 TO 6 TIE
Crowd of 9000 Sits in Rain to See Game
Connie Ryan’s Kicking Bright Feature of Night Battle
N. Charles Wicker
A crowd of 9000 excited, cheering fans sat in the rain through a thrilling football duel between Holy Cross and Jesuit high schools Saturday night at Loyola Stadium. It was one of the keenest battles witnessed on a local prep gridiron in years and at the end the point score favored neither, the game winding up in a 6 to 6 tie, after both teams had thrown all of their resources into the fray to no avail.
However, regardless of their valiant battle, which found
them coming back in the third period and fighting their way to a touchdown to
even up the count with the Jays, who had tallied in the first quarter, the
Tigers will have a defeat charged against their prep record. While they held the Jesuits even in points and first downs,
the Tigers were margined in penetrations beyond the 20-yard line, 4 to 1, and
therein lies the tale.
After an exchange of punts, which found the Jays gaining plenty of yardage, especially as a result of a 65-yard punt by Connie Ryan – William Stroebel and Phillip Bruno got through and blocked Caballero’s kick, which Stroebel recovered on the Holy Cross 12-yard line, from where the Jays scored a touchdown.
With Hauth and Ryan carrying the ball, they Jays were able
to advance the oval to the one-yard line. One
play at the line failed and on the next try, the Jays were penalized five yards
for offsides. A five-yard pass from
Connie Ryan to Jack Webb again placed the ball on the one-yard stripe, from
where Hauth went off of right tackle for the score.
Hauth’s try for the extra point from placement was wide.
Some fine kicking by Ryan kept the ball in Tigers’
territory during the rest of the first period.
Taking the ball on their own 20-yard stripe three plays
before the first quarter ended, the Tigers, aided by a 15-yard penalty, got the
ball on their own 35-yard line. On
the first play, Vincent Crespino shot a long pass to Herbert Ayres, who got
behind the Jesuit safety. The ball
fell incomplete, but Field Judge Joe Tetlow ruled interference on the Jesuit
25-yard line. In four tries, the
Tigers gained but eight yards and the ball went over to the Jays on their own
Forcing the Jays to kick, the tigers took the ball on their
own 40-yard line and a nice 22-yard run by Crespino planted the ball on the
Jays’ 33-yard line, where Crespino quick-kicked out of bounds on the Jays’
Ryan kicked on first down to his own 36-yard line.
On the first play, Samartino lateralled to Cardinale, who gained nine
yards, but on the next play, Cardinale fumbled and the Jays recovered.
Crespino’s punt was downed on the Jays’ 10-yard line.
One play at the line gained one yard and, on the next play Connie Ryan,
back to punt, was smothered for a six-yard loss.
A poor kick by Key gave the Tigers the ball on the Jays’
27-yard line. From there the Tigers
marched to a score when a fourth-down pass from Vincent Crespino to Samartino, a
“sleeper” man, placed the ball on the Jays’ one-yard line, from where
Crespino went over to tie the score.
Crespino’s try from placement was low.
The Tigers, featuring great running by Crespino, got into
Jays’ territory after they tallied the tying touchdown, but couldn’t get
past the Jays’ 35-yard line.
Ryan Punts Nicely
Another beautiful kick by Ryan, which was
downed on the Tigers’ 15-yard line and a holding penalty put the ball on their
own one-yard line.
Connie Ryan took a kick on the Tigers 35-yard line and
advanced it to the Tigers’ 26-yard line and a first down followed but the Jays
fumbled and the Tigers recovered on the Holy Cross 17-yard line to stop the
The Jays got into the Tigers territory when the fourth
period was half over. Connie Ryan
kicked and when the Tigers’ safety man fumbled the ball, Harold Hooper
The Jays, aided by an offside penalty, netted five more
yards to register a first down. This
means a lot, because of a new state rule that says in case of a tie, first downs
rule and if first downs are tied penetrations rule next.
The Tigers were minus one of their stellar backs, Ignatius
Frey, a brother of Captain Larry, who played a great game. Crespino was the Tigers’ offensive star, while Hickey and
Ayres looked good in the Holy Cross line.
Sharing the honors with Ryan for the Jays were Harold
Hooper, William Stroebel, Phillip Bruno and Charley Miller.
Holy Cross (6)
Miller L.E. Ayres
Bruno L.T. Winchester
C. Hooper L.G. Metgan
Stroebel C (c) Frey
Scofield R.G. Routher
Brown R.T. Hickey
H. Hooper (c) R.E. Malarcher
Ryan Q.B. Cardinale
Flettrich R.H. Catalano
Hauth L.H. Martinson
Webb F.B Crespino
Holy Cross: Barker, McKenna, Samartino, McCall, Young
Jesuit: Kenny Smith, Cahill, Scofield, Key, Pierce Smith
Penetrations: Jesuit 4, Holy Cross 1
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1936 Season Record: Jesuit:
St. Aloysius 22-0
Holy Cross 6-6
Baton Rouge 9-6
Fortier (L) 6-14
Warren Easton (L) 0-7
Picayune, Miss. 8-0 (Toy Bowl)
Season Record: (6-2-3)
FROM THE EDITOR (Nov. 6, 2012) Due to the controversy surrounding this game, we have decided that it must be ruled NO CONTEST. Therefore it does not count in overall record.
Cumulative record, Jesuit leads the series 12-2-1