The Football Tradition of the Catholic League in
The 1981 game was played on Saturday, October 10, 1981
Copyright © 1981 the Times-Picayune
down Tigers to remain in lead
The Jesuit Blue Jays remained unbeaten in District 11-AAAA as
they took a 42-27 win from the Holy Cross Tigers at Tad Gormley Stadium
It was Jesuit’s 33rd win in the long series
against 25 for Holy Cross. There
was one tie.
Jesuit is now 3-0 in district play and 5-1 on the season,
while Holy Cross dropped to 1-2 in the district and 4-2 on the year.
Johnny Powell passed for two second half touchdowns as Jesuit
broke a 21-21 tie with a three-touchdown blitz in the latter part of the
game. The other touchdown
was recorded by Richard Alvarez, the eighth running back used by coach
Bobby Foret caught eight of Powell’s tosses for 129 yards
in a stellar performance. Three
of his catches were in critical ball control downs.
Ron Haggerty gained 63 yards in 12 carries to lead the Tigers
on the ground. Bobby Leitz
added 49 ground yards and caught three passes, two for touchdowns.
Leitz also had a 61-yard kickoff return.
Ernie Danjean led Jesuit’s ground attack with 62 yards in 10
tries. Danny Schellhaas had
an 84-yard kickoff return for the Jays.
On its first possession, Jesuit took over at its 45-yard line
and four plays later scored when Schellhaas took it in from 14 yards
out. The drive took only 47
Leitz returned the ensuing kickoff for 61 yards with the
touchdown being saved by Mike Kreider’s shoestring tackle at the
Jesuit 22-yard line. Four
plays later, Haggerty took a pitch left and scampered into the end zone
from three yards out at the 8:36 mark of the first quarter
Following an errant kick, the score was tied at 6-all.
Jesuit couldn’t move the ball and Holy Cross got the
pigskin at its 43-yard line. In
one of the best catches of the game, Bobby Leitz made a diving catch of
Donnie D’Angelo’s toss as he crossed the goal line at 5:19 of the
first quarter. Rusty
Roussel’s kick gave the Cross a 13-6 lead.
Schellhaas took matters into his own hands as he cradled the
kickoff at his 14- yard line and burst up the middle of the field for 84
yards as he was grabbed from behind by Gravolet at the Holy Cross
two-yard line. On the next
play, Danjean muscled his way into the end zone.
Lance Engolia’s point after tied the score at 13-all at 5:00 of
the first quarter.
Jesuit regained possession at 2”03 and was to score on a
run by Scott Beder from the three-yard line and a pass from Powell to
Danjean for two points gave Jesuit the lead once again 21-13 at 11:20 in
the second quarter.
Holy Cross got renewed life in the second quarter when Danny
Kramer intercepted Powell’s pass and returned it seven yards to the
Tiger 38-yard line that set up a one-yard TD run by Haggerty.
Martinez grabbed D’Angelo’s pass for two points as Holy Cross
tied the score at 21-all at 4:31 of the second quarter.
Whereas the first half was played even, the second was all
The two teams traded turnovers. .. . . (two lines
unintelligible). . . . . Jays gaining possession at the Holy
Cross36-yard line when Mike Giambelluca recovered D’Angelo’s fumble.
The Jesuit drive for the go-ahead touchdown was aided by a
critical mistake as Powell was sacked on a fourth down play at the
28-yard line but Holy Cross was called for grabbing a face mask. Jesuit got a first down at the Tiger 14-yard line and five
plays later scored.
The touchdown came as Powell used a play action pass that
found Tommy Scamardo all alone in the end zone. The play covered four yards.
Engolia gave Jesuit a 28-21 advantage at 3:29 of the third
The Blue Jays stopped Holy Cross and took over at its
four-yard line and scored in eight plays.
Danjean broke a long gainer over the Holy Cross left side for
31 yards and Foret grabbed two passes for 15 yards to key the driver.
Mark McDowell took Powell’s 39-yard toss all alone near the
five-yard line as the Holy Cross defender fell down and scored at 7:55
of the fourth quarter. It
was a fourth-and-one play. Engolia’s
kick gave Jesuit a 35-21 lead.
Jesuit then marched 59 yards while consuming six minutes of the clock. The touchdown came at 47 seconds left in the game as Alvarez scored from the four-yard line.