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The 1966 game was played on Friday, October 7,
Copyright © 1966 the Times-Picayune
Duhe Guides Holy Cross to 20 to 7 Victory Over Stubborn Jays
Laborde Gets Jesuit TD
Tigers Use Balanced Attack for Win
By JOHN JOLY
Holy Cross' quickness and never-ending pursuit was too much for an underdog Jesuit team Friday night as the No. 1-ranked Bengals carried away a 20-7 victory at Tad Gormley Stadium* at City Park before a crowd estimated at better than 12,000, the season's largest for a prep football game.
Herman "Butch" Duhe guided the Holy Cross offensive and mixed his plays well, with a strong running and passing game, particularly in the first half when the Tigers dominated play. but Jesuit came back after intermission and stood toe to toe to the Bengals in a sparkling effort.
Duhe, Ken Centanni and Ronnie Quick each scored a touchdown for the Bengals, Duhe's coming on a 21-yard run, Centanni went nine yards for his and Quick went over from six yards out. Duhe converted twice. Jesuit's tally came on a one-yard plunge by Jack Laborde, with the Jays driving 69 yards in the third quarter after taking the kickoff, moving goalward with 15 plays. Guy Faulstitch added the point after.
The Jesuit score was helped with three Holy Cross penalties, one for 15 yards for personal foul, which gave the Jays an additional 15 yards after Laborde had completed an 11-yard pass to Tim Screen. The pass play and the penalty gave the Jays a first down at the Tigers' 24.
The Tigers quickly got on the scoreboard when a pass interception by Chris Cancienne at the Jesuit 25 set up the tally with about six minutes to play when a Blue Jay gamble deep in their territory backfired.
Duhe guided the sharp-hitting offensive from the Jesuit 22, and in five crisp thrusts, the Tigers scored with Centanni smashing off his own left tackle from nine yards out. the score came at 5:09. Duhe's placement made it 7-0.
A touchdown drive by the Tigers late in the opening period was thwarted by the Blue Jays and they took over at their own nine-yard line shortly before the period ended.
The Jays had to kick out, and Holy Cross again struck quickly, taking the ball in after starting at the Jays' 37-yard line, but a busted play got the tally, when Duhe finding no one to hand off to, kept at right tackle and dashed for 21 yards.
It was a three-play touchdown march with the score coming at 9:24 of the second period. Duhe's kick was no good and it was 13-0 for the Bengals.
Jesuit made its first and only march into Holy Cross territory in the first half when a Bob Wattigny pass into the Jays' end zone was picked off by center-linebacker Dick Collins and he brought it out to the Blue Jay nine-yard line.
From here, the Jays launched a drive that carried to the Holy Cross 43, with Laborde spearheading the attack. But his long passes were either too long or broken up by alert Holy Cross defenders and the drive stalled near midfield.
Holy Cross again threatened to score near the end of the second period, as the Tigers took the ball on downs at their 43, and a 34-yard pass from Duhe to Jesse Truax got the ball down to the Jays' seven-yard line with three seconds on the clock. A Duhe to Truax pass in the end zone was broken up by Dick Lacour as the first half ended.
After the Jays scored in the third period, Holy Cross put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter when they tacked on their third touchdown, driving 75 yards, following a pass interception by guard Larry Gaudet.
Duhe hit Jesse Truax with a 44-yard pass to give the Bengals a first down at the Jays' six-yard line, and on the next play Quick went in over his own right guard. Duhe's conversion concluded the scoring.
* 1966 was the first football season following the renaming of the venerable stadium.