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The 1990 Jesuit-Holy Cross game was played on Friday September 21, 1990
Copyright © 1990 The Times-Picayune
Jesuit, DiMaggio run over Holy Cross
By BILL BUMGARNER
Where have you gone Todd DiMaggio?
If he's missing, a likely place to look for him on a given Friday night is in the end zone. If he's not there, he's probably on the way.
The Jesuit senior running back, all 5-foot-8, 165 pounds of him, gained 152 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Blue Jays thrashed Holy Cross, 42-0, Friday night in a renewal of the state's oldest continuous rivalry.
It was the largest victory margin for Jesuit over the Tigers since a 47-0 victory in 1935 and it gives Jesuit a 38-31-2 lead in the series.
A crowd of 5,000 fans at Tad Gormley Stadium saw Jesuit rush for 388 yards, with DiMaggio and Edward Hirstius each going over 100 yards. The defense limited the Tigers to 79 yards rushing on 27 attempts and forced vive turnovers.
Jesuit scored 28 points in the third quarter during a nine-minute span while the Tigers were running only five offensive snaps.
Jesuit is 4-0 overall after winning its District 11-AAAA opener. The Tigers are 1-3.
"Overall, it was the best game we have played since I have been here," said second-year Jesuit Coach Danny Abramowicz. "We just executed real well."
Leading 14-0 at halftime, Jesuit returned in the third quarter and put the game out of reach in short order.
The Jays marched 58 yards in seven plays with DiMaggio carrying on four plays, including a 13-yard score at 8:42. It was his 13th touchdown of the season. Holy Cross fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Jesuit recovered and, five plays later, Hirstius scored form five yards for a 28-0 lead at 6:53. Hirstius kept the drive alive with a 31-yard run on third-and-29 down to the Holy Cross 14-yard line.
The second interception of the game by Erik Bjerke set up a 32-play, 29-yard drive, with Brad Hamilton scoring form 2 yards for a 35-0 lead.
The final score came at the 3:11 mark when Hirstius burned the Tigers around end for 52 yards and a 42-0 lead.
The final quarter was scoreless.
Holy Cross drove as far as the Jesuit 25- and 21-yard liens in the first half but Bjerke stopped one threat with an end-zone interception and a sack by Jeff Dell'Orfano halted the other.
The Tigers reached the Jesuit late in the final quarter but a fumble recovery by Ryan Parrish stopped the drive.
"We were just able to take things one play at a time, like we are trying to do each week," said Abramowicz.
Jesuit scored on its first possession of the game, driving 66 yards in seven plays. The drive was kept alive by a fourth-down penalty against the Tigers at the Holy Cross 41-yard line. DiMaggio made a 26-yard run before his first TD.
In the second quarter, a Jesuit drive was stopped at the 1-yard line when DiMaggio was hit by a diving Nicky Barrett on fourth down. But a short Tiger punt of 20 yards from the end zone set up a two-play, 252-yard drive. Quarterback Aley Demarest hit Shane Bordelon with a 21-yard pass and then found William Elliott wide open for a 2-yard score at 5:51.
Hirstius gained 101 yards on five carries and Demarest was 6-of-12 for 63 yards.
"They're just excited," said Abramowicz. "There are no super players on this team. Just a bunch of guys who are fighting." And undefeated.