Everyone just knew that Holy Cross was going to be up for the 97th meeting with the Jays, but they were surprised, even shocked as to how the game developed. The Jesuit eleven played an inspired game on offense and defense. The Tigers couldn't get anything going for themselves as they went down in an ignominious defeat by a score of 38-0.

We have copied the accounts from the Times-Picayune (nola.com) and Advocate. Scroll down further for the Advocate's story.


Jesuit 38, Holy Cross 0: Connor Prouet helps lead Blue Jays to homecoming rout of rival

By Will Guillory, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
on September 30, 2016 10:37 PM, updated September 30, 2016 11:47 PM

Jesuit 38, Holy Cross 0

at Tad Gormley Friday (Sept. 30), District 9-5A game 

Records: Jesuit (3-2, 2-0), Holy Cross (2-3, 1-1)


Jesuit went into halftime with only a 10-0 lead over Holy Cross, but the Blue Jays blew things open in the third quarter and never looked back.

Jesuit capitalized on an interception by safety Evan Loria by going on an eight-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown plunge by running back Connor Prouet that opened up a 17-0 lead for Jesuit with 6:39 left in the third.

Jesuit followed that up on its next drive with a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Denny McGinnis to running back Willie Robinson. On the first play of the ensuing Holy Cross drive, Jesuit linebacker Cameron Crozier snagged an interception on a screen pass and ran it back 15 yards for a touchdown to give the Blue Jays a 31-0 lead with 2:53 left in the third.

Jesuit scored on its first drive of the game, marching 66 yards in six plays and finishing the drive off with an 8-yard touchdown run by running back Prouet. Blue Jays kicker Jake Chanove added a 32-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter to help Jesuit take a 10-0 lead into halftime.


·        The Blue Jays improved their record against Holy Cross to 56-39-1 in a series that dates back to 1922. Friday was the 34th shutout in the history of the series.

·        Friday was also homecoming for Jesuit.

·        Jesuit decided to go with McGinnis at quarterback instead of junior Alex Watermeier, who started the first four games of the season for the Blue Jays.

·        Holy Cross had a 15-play drive to end the second quarter, but came away scoreless after kicker Nolan Heitmeier missed a 47-yard field goal.

·        Holy Cross running back Ashton Smith had 62 rushing yards after two quarters, but mussed the entire second half because of what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo said he was unsure how serious Smith's injury was.

·        Chanove has made four field goals over the past two games. 


Jesuit (255 yards of total offense): Prouet had 19 carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns. McGinnis went six-of-six for 90 yards and a touchdown. Robinson had six touches for 46 yards and two touchdowns. 

Holy Cross (146 yards of total offense): Smith nine carries for 62 yards, Glenn Kramer six-of-14 for 55 yards.


Jesuit coach Mark Songy: "We played like we're capable of playing. We played like we work in practice. You've gotta hand it to these guys, win or lose they come out and work. When you put it all together, this is what you get."

Rebaudo: "We lost (Smith) and that greatly affected what we can do. We just played  very poorly, not to take anything away from Jesuit, they played extremely well. We played extremely poor."

Prouet: "Our coaches really focused on being more consistent and being more mentally prepared for this game. I think we did pretty well. We treated it just like any other game despite all the distractions and just got after it."

NEXT UP: Jesuit continues Catholic League play next week when it plays John Curtis at Tad Gormley on Friday.  Holy Cross will play Catholic League foe Rummel at Joe Yenni Stadium on Friday night.

Now the story from the New Orleans Advocate:


Jesuit cruises past Holy Cross 38-0

·        BY DARRELL WILLIAMS Special to The Advocate


·        SEP 30, 2016 - 11:25 PM



   J    Jesuit took control in the first half Friday against Holy Cross, then blew the game open with a 21-point third quarter.

In the 97th meeting of the storied rivalry, the Blue Jays wore down the Tigers for a 38-0 District 9-5A victory at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Leading 10-0 entering the third quarter, Jesuit scored on a 1-yard run by Connor Prouet at 6:39, a 30-yard sideline pass and run from Denny McGinnis to Willie Robinson at the 3-minute mark and a 15-yard interception return by linebacker Cameron Crozier just seven seconds later.

“We played like we’re capable of playing,” Jesuit coach Marc Songy said. “We played like we work, at practice.

“We were a little disappointed we squandered an opportunity at the end of the first half. We challenged them at halftime, ‘Let’s not have that any more.’ ”

The Blue Jays (3-2, 1-1) bounced back from their 9-5A opening lost last week against St. Augustine. Holy Cross (2-3, 1-1) lost for the seventh time in the past nine years in the series.

Prouet led Jesuit with 74 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Denny McGinnis started in place of Alex Watermeier at quarterback. Holy Cross’ Ashton Smith had 65 yards on 10 carries, all in the first 

In overwhelming the Tigers in the second half, Jesuit held Holy Cross to 45 yards and three first downs. Twenty-eight — 15 rushing and 13 passing — came on a final drive when both teams had reserves in the game.

Holy Cross, already without starting quarterback Chandler Fields (broken collarbone), lost top running back Ashton Smith to an injury late in the first half. He did not play in the second half.

“We lost our running back; that greatly affected what we could do,” Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo said. “Not taking anything from Jesuit, but we played very poorly.”

The Blue Jays led 10-0 at halftime by running the ball effectively behind Prouet, who rushed for 59 yards on 10 carries and scored Jesuit’s lone first-half touchdown. On his first carry, he gained 31 yards to the Holy Cross 36.

Three plays later he scored on his second carry, a 9-yard run.

Jesuit’s Jake Chanove, who had three field goals in the district opener against St. Augustine last week, kicked a 32-yarder on the first play of the second quarter to increase the Jays’ lead to 10-0. It came after Jesuit was set up at the Holy Cross 47 after a 32-yard punt and a personal foul penalty against the Tigers.

Holy Cross did not get a first down until midway of the second quarter. However, the Tigers, who started at their 11, got to the Jesuit 8, the big play a 35-yard run by Smith to the 30. But with 26 seconds before halftime, a bad snap put Holy Cross at the Jesuit 20. After a false start penalty and one for delay of game, the Tigers’ Nolan Heitmeier missed a 46-yard field-goal attempt with six seconds left.

Holy Cross’ defense had gotten the Tigers out of a precarious situation before that drive. A 15-yard punt had given Jesuit first at the Tigers’ 20 at 9:22 of the second quarter. However, the Blue Jays gained eight yards on three carries, and Prouet was stopped for one yard at the 11 on fourth-and-2.

Smith, who rushed for 172 yards in the district opener against Shaw, had 65 yards on 10 carries in the half.