The Football Tradition of the Catholic League in
1986 game was played on Saturday, November 8, 1986
©1986, The Times-Picayune
Cross 20, Jesuit 10
The Tigers utilized eight third-down conversions to keep the
ball and clock on their side in a season-ending victory over their
oldest rival Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium in a game that had
playoff-bound Jesuit playing catch-up all the way.
Holy Cross scored on its first possession of each half and
built a 17-0 lead before the Blue Jays rallied back into the game.
But the Tigers held up well against an all-out passing attack by
sophomore reserve quarterback Ricky Chanove to preserve the victory.
Both teams ended the regular season with 7-3 records, but
Jesuit will enter the LHSAA playoffs against Belaire of Baton Rouge as
the District 11-AAAA runner-up with a 6-2 record.
The tigers were 4-3 in district.
The Jesuit-Belaire game will be played at 7 p.m. Friday at
Olympia Field in Baton Rouge.
The Tigers’ offensive line opened big holes for Mike
Guillot (96 yards on 16 carries) and held off Jesuit’s pass rush
enough for quarterback Pat Garrity to complete 10 of 16 passes for 162
yards. It was this balance
that enabled Holy Cross to dominate the first half.
The Tigers scored on a 69-yard drive on their first
possession, picking up four first downs on big runs by Guillot, who
ended the march by scoring from the two-yard line.
Bobby Leaber ended another long scoring drive of 82 yards,
with a 37-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 10-0 halftime lead after
a Jesuit drive that ended at the Holy Cross 19 when Steven Rayes
recovered a Blue Jay fumble.
Louis Puissigur teamed on a 35-yard touchdown pass early in the third
period when Puissigur shook free of coverage to make the score 17-0.
But Jesuit came back behind Chanove, subbing for Mike Smith,
who was ineffective throwing the ball early in the game.
With starting quarterback Jimmy Treigle out with an injury, Chanove
led an all-out passing attack.
He completed eight of 16 passes, including a 57-yard
touchdown pass to Elliot Prieur, who slipped through two defenders
midway through the third period. Jesuit’s
defense stopped the Tigers’ ensuing drive, and Chanove moved the Jays
within scoring range for a 25-yard field goal by Doug Kinler.
Holy Cross answered with a 30-yard field goal by Leaber to
end the scoring, then came up with two big defensive plays – a
third-down sack by tackle Louis Cancienne, and a batted down pass in the
end zone by Keith Baroni to end the Jays’ final threat.
“We’re going to the playoff, but we’re not a good
football team right now,” said Jesuit coach Frank Monica, whose team
lost its last two games. “I
know we had a lot of injuries, but good teams are supposed to overcome
things like that.”