The Football Tradition of the Catholic League in
1975 FOOTBALL ROSTERS (Click below)
The 1975 game was played on Thursday, October 23, 1975
Copyright © 1975 The Times-Picayune
Tigers, Rams Get Victories
By JOHN JOLY
Holy Cross scored a first period touchdown on a four-yard run by Jay Roussel and then made it stand up as the Tigers took a hard-fought 7-3 victory over archrival Jesuit Thursday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Shortly before the Holy Cross-Jesuit kickoff, it was learned that Tiger head coach John Kahlbacher had announced his retirement as athletic director and head football coach at the school.
Holy Cross took advantage of a costly turnover by Jesuit to get on the scoreboard at the 3:31 blink of the first quarter.
The Blue Jays had taken the opening kickoff but on a third-and-16 situation at the Jesuit 37. Blue Jay quarterback Steve Hubbell picked up a three-yard gain, but lost the handle and Holy Cross' James Kearney recovered at the Jesuit 40.
The Tigers moved the 40 yards to paydirt with Roussel capping the marsh with a four-yard TD burst over his own right tackle. Michael Bouche added the PAT and it was 7-0 Tigers.
Jesuit got on the scoreboard via a 22-yard field goal by Marc Morial shortly before the second quarter ended. The Blue Jays had a touchdown called back for illegal procedure three plays before that. Hubbell had hit Robert Manesses with a TD strike from seven yards out but it was nullified by the penalty.
The Blue Jays had two other scoring chances, both coming in the second half, but couldn't make good on either.
Jesuit recovered a Holy Cross fumble at the Tiger 44 late in the third quarter. But after picking up three first downs to move to the Tiger nine, Hubbell's pass intended for Eddie Hingle in the end zone was picked off by safety Billy Hrapmann.
The Blue Jays' last chance came on the last series of the game. Taking over on their own 32, the Jays moved into Holy Cross territory on a 44-yard pass from Hubbell to Brian Frendergasi. Hubbell, three plays later, ran 17 yards for a first down at the Holy Cross 12.
But a five-yard penalty put the ball back at the Holy Cross 19, and a futile Hubbell pass fell incomplete as the game ended.
* * * * * * * *
Editor: Notice the unusual headline? This article also went on to cover the Carver-Abramson game played in the afternoon of the same day. A bit unusual to combine two stories in a single article.
Editor's note: This was the final game in the rivalry coached by John Kalbacher, the longest serving coach in Holy Cross history. He coached the Tigers for 19 seasons, including 20 games against Jesuit. His record against the Jays was 10 wins and 10 losses.
Editor: Marc Morial, one of the most prolific kickers in Jesuit's history, played in 1973, 1974 and 1975. He went on to fame as mayor of New Orleans and as Chairman of the Urban League in 2004.