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The 1972 game was played on Saturday, November 11, 1972.
Copyright © 1972 The Times-Picayune
Jesuit Homecoming Happy; Jays Whip Holy Cross, 30-16
QB Jimmy Gaudet Paces Winner in Rivalry
By JOHN JOLY
Jesuit celebrated homecoming Saturday night at Tad Gormley Stadium and it was a happy one as the Blue Jays turned back the Holy Cross Tigers, 30-16, in the season finale for both teams, in their 50th renewal.*
Quarterback Jimmy Gaudet directed the Jays to their win, second in District 6-AAAA, while the Tigers suffered their fifth loss of the district campaign.
Five players got in on the Jesuit scoring, with Gaudet, Scot Childress, Mickey Hubbell, and Mark Lipari each getting a touchdown and Louis Lauricella kicked a 29-yard field goal while adding three placements.
The Holy Cross scoring came on a 20-yard field goal by Tony Monica and a 37-yard touchdown pass by Mike Garvey from quarterback Danny Hrapmann, a sophomore filling in for the injured Randy Poche. Monica kicked the extra point following the Tiger tally.
Gaudet accounted for 224 yards of the Jays' 311. The Blue Jay quarterback had 167 yards rushing on 10 carries and 57 yards on four pass completions. Childress rushed for 38 yards and had 34 yards on passes. Parker was Holy Cross' top rusher with 74 yards on 12 carries, Lahare got 40 on 12 thrusts.
The Tigers and Blue Jays provided an interesting first half for their followers as each team put together a field goal and a long run to get on the scoreboard.
Tiger fullback Bruno Parker thrilled the Holy Cross crowd by ripping off a 51-yard run to the Jesuit nine-yard line in the first quarter to set up a 20-yard field goal by Monica and the Jays came right back as Gaudet reeled off 50 yards to the Tiger 10.
When Hubbell was thrown for a seven-yard loss to the Tigers' 12, the Jays had to go for a field goal and Lauricella kicked one from 29 yards to tie it up at 3-3.
On an exchange of punts, Lahare gathered in a Randy Schultz kick at the Holy Cross 48. and he swept downfield for 52 yards to paydirt and this made it 9-3, Tigers, at the quarter.
Timmy Brinkman of Holy Cross stepped in front of a Gaudet pass on the last play of the first period to give the Tigers good field position at the Jesuit 46, but when Mike Mentz threw Danny Hrapmann for an 11-yard loss two plays into the second quarter, the Tigers had to kick out.
Playing a first and 10 from their own 15 after Holy Cross' Danny Danahay punted out of bounds at that spot, the Jays tied it up two plays later. After a four-yard crack by Hubbell to the Jays' 19, Gaudet broke over his own left end and, after eluding several tacklers, got into the clear and raced 81 yards** to tie the score at 9-9. Lauricella's placement was wide.
Late in the second quarter, the teams exchanged interceptions, Gaudet throwing one which was picked off by Holy Cross' Dave Martinez, and the Tigers returned the favor three plays later, with the Jays' Steve Ripple picking off a Hrapmann toss. This one led to the Blue Jays' go-ahead tally with 17 seconds left to half-time. The grab was at the Jesuit 45.
Two long passes by Gaudet, a 17-yarder to Bill Keller went to the Holy Cross 33 for a first down, and three plays later Gaudet clicked again on toss, this one for 34 yards to Childress and a first down at the Holy Cross five. Two plays later ...(missed a line or two here - microfilm error - will fill in later).......of the clock's time to score, with Lipari cracking over from a yard out. Lauricella's kick made it 30-16 with 4:47 left to play.
* Editor: Actually the 53rd meeting of the two teams.
* Editor: Jimmy Gaudet's run was the 10th longest run from scrimmage in Blue Jay history up until that date and still stands as the 12th longest.