Gridiron Rivalry Redux: Pensacola Tigers Come to Town and the Jays Are Ready

Posted September 26, 2013 / Last updated September 27, 2013

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The Blue Jays bring a 2-1 record to the Pensacola game Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.

The Blue Jays bring a 2-1 record to the Pensacola game Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Jesuit vs. Pensacola

The Renewal of a Classic Rivalry

Friday, September 27, 2013

Kickoff: 7 PM
Tad Gormley Stadium


Pre-game Reception: 4:30-6:15 PM
Student Commons at Jesuit High School

Jesuit and Pensacola will renew a fierce interstate rivalry that began in 1945 and lasted some 20 years, with the final game played in 1966. The Jays and the Tigers rekindle their gridiron competition Friday, Sept. 27 at Tad Gormley Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on Pensacola radio WCOA. Live streaming audio can be heard by going to

Pre-sale tickets are priced at $6 each for adults and students and $3 each for children (ages 6-11). All tickets purchased at the gate are $8 each. Pre-sale tickets will be on sale at the switchboard Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and in the Student Commons on Friday during lunch.

Before this year’s contest, those Blue Jays of Jesuit High and Tigers of Pensacola High who participated in the games of 1946-1966 are invited to a pre-game reception in the Student Commons on Jesuit’s campus. From 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., complimentary pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, beverages, and a huddle full of great memories will be available for all to enjoy. For more information, contact Mat Grau, Jesuit’s alumni director, at (504) 483-3840 or

Jesuit and Pensacola played 18 games during their rivalry with the Jays leading the series, 12-6. But two of Jesuit’s losses were severe blows. The Jays lost only one game during each of their 1953 and 1960 state championship seasons. Both losses were dealt by the Tigers. When the two teams played way back when Pensacola’s population was 35,000, it is said that 15,000 fans filled the stadium while the other 20,000 were at home listening to the radio broadcast of the game.