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Holy Cross Defeats Jesuit, 13-0
Mack Russo Passes for First HC Tally
Gawain DiBetta Punches Over for Second
Copyright © 1961, the Times-Picayune
(Game played on Nov. 4, 1961)
By M. L. Lagarde
On a misty cool night at City Park Stadium the Holy Cross tigers remained in contention in the Catholic League with a convincing, 13-0 victory over the Jesuit Blue Jays before 6500 fans,
Scoring in the second and fourth periods the Tigers completely controlled the game with tremendous line play as they held the Jays to 65 yards total offense.
Holy Cross scored on a pass from Mack Russo to Robert Borisson and its second touchdown came on a three-yard plunge by Gawain DiBetta.
The Tigers marched 77 yards to their first score in 12 plays. Three line plunges gained a first down on the Holy Cross 34. From here Russo passed to Russell Diodene for 35 yards and a first down on the Jays' 32. With a third-and-eight situation Russo completed a jump pass to Robert Horreson for 13 yards to the Jays' 16.
Faced with another crucial situation of a fourth and nine at the Jays' 15, Russo completed a 15-yard pass to Borisson for the TD.
DiBetta converted and the Tigers led 7-0 at the half.
Holy Cross so dominated the second quarter that the Jays ran only one running play.
With 1:28 left in the third quarter, the Tigers began their second TD drive from their own 35. In six plays they led 13-0 on a three-yard plunge by DiBetta. Harry Nunez set up the YD with a 36-yard streak off his own left tackle to the Jays' three.
DiBetta's try for the extra point failed.
The front line play of the Tigers was tremendous in keeping the Jays away from paydirt. To single out any one player would be a miscarriage. In addition to their defensive work the line opened holes in the Jesuit defense, which made possible the gaining of 313 yards. Defensive for Jesuit Conrad Meyer and Henry stood out.