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The 1968 game was played on Saturday, September 21, 1968
Copyright © 1968 The Times-Picayune
Holy Cross Defeats Blue Jays 14 to 7
Hrapmann is Tiger Spark
HC Wins on Defense, Ball Control
By M. L. LAGARDE
Holy Cross cleared up an important point Saturday night at Tad Gormley Stadium. The Tigers proved they are far from being dead by defeating previously unbeaten Jesuit 14-7 in a head-knocker that was uncertain until the last 30 seconds.
The Jays and Tigers staged a typical struggle between the two powerhouses and in the long run both remained in serious contention for District V Triple-A honors.
Bob Hrapmann, a quick-moving 150 pound quarterback, took in a Ludman aerial for a six-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and Ludman himself squirted into the end zone from one-yard away for the other Holy Cross six pointer. Billy Dalton, on target with his placements, completed the scoring.
Michael Quinlan, a frequent receiver in past games, pulled in an eight-yard spiral from Kurt Forshag in the late stages of the second quarter to account for the only Jesuit touchdown. Jay Marino was true with his extra point.
Ball control and a rugged defense, long the strong points of Holy Cross, were the two factors that spelled the doom for Jesuit. the Tigers got off 53 plays from scrimmage while the Jays put the ball in play only 33 times. The defense held the multiple offense of the Jays to only five first downs and made the big play whenever it was needed.
The last two quarters were scoreless but not without thrills. Holy Cross strained the seconds off the clock in the third quarter with one big drive that ended with an interception in the Jay end zone. Jesuit mustered some offensive strength in the closing minutes of the same quarter, but all it did was kill the clock.
When it appeared that the Tigers had wrapped up the contest in the last minutes, a mis-executed draw play produced a fumble, and Jesuit claimed possession on the Tigers' 43 with 49 seconds flashing.
Forshag pitched incomplete on first down, then fired a strike to St4ve Montgomery who was wrestled from the ball by Gene Garcia and the Tigers watched the last 30 seconds drip from the clock to insure their 14-7 win.
The first Jay series with the ball produced seven yards, while the first for Holy Cross resulted in seven points. Following the Jesuit punt the Tigers worked the 63 yards in five quick plays. Faced with a third and three at their 44, Ludman called upon Joe Spitale on a draw and he exploded past the Jay secondary only to be hauled in by Ed Price from behind on the nine.