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The 1995 game was played on Thursday, October 5, 1995
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Holy Cross beats Jesuit in OT
By DAN DE LEO
It came down to defense Thursday night, and Holy Cross proved to be the stronger team.
The Tigers (5-*1,3-0) took an 18-11 lead on quarterback Steve Feehan's 13-yard run in overtime, then held Jesuit to win the District 10-5A game at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Feehan looked to pass on the second play of Holy Cross' overtime series but ran through the middle when he saw a crease.
"We rolled out and were looking for a curl in the end zone," he said. "They rushed from the outside, and I just cut it back up. I saw that all I had to do was beat one buy and I put a move on him and was in."
The Blue Jays (1-5,0-2) started their final drive with a 2-yard pass and an incomplete pass and faced third-and-goal at the 8 on their overtime possession. that was where Holy Cross came up with the big play. Quarterback Kevin Murray was about to be sacked by defensive lineman Matt Parson when he threw away the ball and was called for intentional grounding. That set Jesuit back to the 22, and on fourth down, Murray's pass fell incomplete.
"We told everyone to pick it up," Parson said of the overtime series. "We came this far, so why let them take it from us? We had a big play, and that won the game."
The Blue Jays had a chance to win with six seconds left in regulation, but Jeff Klibert's 45-yard field goal was short. Jesuit drove 64 yards in eight plays to set up the attempt.
Jesuit tied the score at 11 when Murray, who was 9 for 21 for 143 yards, completed a 15-yard pass to J. P. Gisclair for the touchdown and a pass to Brant Hocke for the two-point conversion.
But the Blue Jays' offense got started too late, Coach Mark Songy said.
"We seem to wait to the second half to start playing," he said. "And you can't win against any football team when you do that."
Jesuit cut the lead to 11-3 in the third quarter on a 22-yard field goal by Klibert. Holy Cross kicker Dave Chapotel's 27-yarder had given the Tigers an 11-0 lead in the third quarter.
Jesuit dominated offensively in the second half, when Murray threw for 101 yards and the touchdown that tied the game. The Blue Jays held Shawn Colin, the leading rusher in 5A, to 51 yards in the game and just 21 in the second half.