The Football Tradition of the Catholic League in
The 1979 game was played on Saturday, September 29, 1979
Copyright © 1979 The Times-Picayune
Parenton Hurls Jays to Late Win
By HENRI ROCA
A daring 62-yard pass play from quarterback Timmy Parenton to Paul Stouse set up the winning touchdown as the Jesuit Blue Jays, sixth-ranked team in the state, struggled to a 14-7 win over the Holy Cross Tigers in the 59th renewal of the oldest schoolboy rivalry in the state.
Mike Brown actually scored the winning touchdown from the four-yard line to cap a 99-yard drive which took nine plays.
Following a first half which saw each team penetrate the other's 20-yard line and succeed once for a 7-7 tie, the Tigers cranked up a 12-play drive from their 29-yard lien which was stopped at the Jesuit 35-yard line.
Jimmy Serio got off a high punt that was downed at the Blue Jay one-yard line by Ronnie Booksh. Parenton got three yards and then hoisted his 62-yarded to Stouse who made a grand over-the-shoulder grab to the Holy Cross 34-yard line.
In the first half Jesuit took advantage of a shanked 13-yard punt at the Holy Cross 47-yard line to take it in eight plays later with Parenton doing the honors from one yard out.
Holy Cross came right back with a drive of its own from its 20-yard line to the Jesuit 12-yard line where David Ernst's pass was picked off by David Johnston, his first of two such interceptions, in the end zone.
Holy Cross was then rewarded with a shanked eight-yard punt due to heavy pressure and took over at the Jesuit 28-yard line. Seven plays later Ernst faked into the line to Dennis Degan and kept the ball as he went into the end zone untouched.
Jesuit closed the half with a drive to the Tiger 19-yard line where Parenton's 35-yard field goal was blocked. A 21-yard run by fullback Mike Brown featured the driver.
Holy Cross had only one threat in the second half when the Tigers got as close as the Jesuit 19-yard line. But heavy pressure by the Blue Jay front wall pushed the Tigers back to the 35 where Serio got off the punt that was downed on the one-yard line.