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The 1967 game was played on Sunday, October 15, 1967
Copyright © 1967 The Times-Picayune
Tigers Roll Past Blue Jays, 22-13
Holy Cross Defense is Difference
By JOHN JOLY
Holy Cross' superior defense proved the difference Sunday afternoon at Tad Gormley Stadium as Coach John Kahlbacher's Bengal forces forged a rough 22-13 victory over rugged Jesuit in a key district 5-AAA football game witnessed by close to 10,000 fans.
Although outplayed in the statistical department - the Tigers managed but six first downs to the Jays' 10 and 91 yards total offense to Jesuit's 236 - Holy Cross managed to make the Jays its fifth victim in a row.
The Tigers' victory halted a Jesuit winning streak at four games and the Jays absorbed their first loss of the campaign.
Three Tigers got into the scoring column as Ken Hrapmann, Ronnie Quick, and Bob Wattigny scored touchdowns while Hrapmann added tow points after on placements and the Tiger defense got a safety.
Scoring for the Jays were fullback Jim Palmes and Jerry Ryder while Joe Marino added one point after on a kick.
Some of the bright stars on defense for the Tigers were Hrapmann, Wattigny, along with guards Bill Bozeman and Nick Cusimano, tackles Greg Fisher, Tom Besselman, Larry Arthur and Francis Heitmeyer and end Lloyd Dalier. Jesuit sparklers were guards Harold Gilbert, Mike Cognevich and Gilbert Vincent, tackle Lawrence Frischhertz and ends Hugh Oser, Jr. Mickey Quinlan and Al Dugan, who was inured in the first half and had to sit out the rest of the game.
The game was but two minutes old when Holy Cross got on the scoreboard via a blocked punt which went past the Jesuit end zone for a safety. The Jays were forced to punt form their own 36and Andy Williams boot was stopped by Dalier. The ball rolled back with Dalier in hot pursuit, but it went past the boundary for the two-point play.
Forced to kick out from its own 20, Jesuit got into serious trouble shortly after, as Joe Spitale fielded Williams' kickoff at midfield and returned 13 yards to the Jay 37 to put the ball in motion. A 36-yard pass from Wattigny to Hrapmann got the Tigers their first touchdown. Hrapmann's kick was good and the Bengals were ahead 9-0.
Jesuit closed the gap on the ensuing kickoff, driving 76 yards to paydirt, with quarterback Dale Oser hitting Palmes with a 60-yard scoring pass with 4:59 left in the opening period. Marino's placement made it 9-7.
A pass interception by Wattigny and a 45-yard runback put the Bengals in business at the Jesuit 11 late in the second period. On a second down play, Wattigny fired to Quick, who broke a tackle and went in on a nine-yard pass play. A personal foul penalty forced Holy into a run-pass situation for the extra point and Wattigny's toss to Hrapmann was incomplete.
This was all the scoring for the first half, but Jesuit made it 15-13 with just eight seconds to play in the third period, when they drove 61 yards to paydirt, with Ryder going in from a yard out for the tally. Key plays on the drive were a 25-yard pass from Oser to Rod Tureaud, and then a Kurt Forshag 31-yard heave to Mike Quinlan which put the ball at the Tiger four-yard line.