The 102nd Rivalry Game Brings Competition, Tradition back to City Park
While the 101st rivalry game was played at Southeastern University in Hammond, the battle of the two oldest Catholic schools in New Orleans is back in Tad Gormley stadium to add a new chapter to its historic rivalry on Oct. 1. Fans should be prepared to watch another exciting and interesting matchup. Jesuit has won the previous three contests including a 28-20 win in 2020. The Jays lead the all-time series 59-40-1 (no contest in 1937).
Both squads are coming off tough losses from the past week. Jesuit (1-1, 0-1) lost a thrilling triple-overtime battle to Brother Martin, and Holy Cross (1-1, 0-1) suffered its first loss to the Shaw Eagles by a score of 27-13.
Holy Cross will bring a new style of offense to City Park that the Tigers have not run for sometime: the double slot option. With this offense having an emphasis on keeping the ball on the ground, senior linebacker Dennis Dougherty, senior defensive lineman Joseph Barnett, and the rest of the Jesuit defense will have to submit another strong outing if they want to claim their 60th win in the series.
Jesuit will be displaying a more high-flying offense with senior quarterback Jack Larriviere under center as he will look for receivers junior Jace Larsen and senior Matthew Reeder to make catches on shallow and deep routes. First year coach Ryan Manale will also look to running backs junior Jaron Duplessis, sophomore Patrick Berrigan, and others to balance the offensive attack.
Pre-sale tickets for the Friday night game are $8.00 each for adults and students (non-participating schools) and $5.00 each for children. Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase at the switchboard through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All tickets purchased at the gate are $10.00 each. Both student and faculty id’s, as well as season passes will be accepted at the gate for admission.
If you cannot attend the game, Crescent City Sports will livestream the game. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on CST and CrescentCitySports.com, with kickoff scheduled for 7:15. Ken Berthelot, a Holy Cross graduate, and Wayde Keiser ’78, a former Blue Jays head coach, will describe the action.