Holy Cross High School Hall of Fame inductee- Joe Heap
Joe was an astonishing halfback and track and field athlete at Holy Cross from1947-1950. He scored 16 touchdowns his sophomore season and lead his team to the Prep League Championships his junior and senior seasons. His 1949 team was state runner up. He earned All-State honors in 1950 and scored 55 touchdowns in his career, a record that stood for almost 3 decades. He capped his senior year by winning 4 events in the state track meet. Joe went on to play at Notre Dame where he was named Academic All-American for 3 consecutive seasons, the only player to ever do so. He led the Irish in pass receptions for 3 years and was the first player to surpass 1000 yards in career rushing and receiving. Joe was a first round pick in the NFL draft by the New York Giants. His football career was cut short as he went on to serve his country in the Air Force.
Unfortunately Joe passed away last year…accepting the Hall of Fame trophy for this Holy Cross football legend is Joe’s family his wife Joanne, Son’s Kent and Holger , daughters Charlotte Shelly, Holle Corenbliph, and Donna Zeigler.
Jesuit High School Hall of Fame inductee- Chris Markey
From 2000 – 2003, Chris Markey established himself as one of the great running backs in New Orleans prep football history. As a running back and kick returner, Chris accumulated statistics in the Jesuit – Holy Cross rivalry that are and will remain records for years to come. As a freshman in the 2000 contest, Chris returned a kickoff 96 yards, tying the Jesuit record for the longest kickoff return. As a senior in the 2003 game, he rushed for 303 yards and a school record 6 touchdowns. Chris holds every rushing record in Jesuit history: most career, season, and game rushing yards, touchdowns, and points scored. In the 2003 season, Chris rushed for more yards and scored more touchdowns that any other player in the history of New Orleans prep football. His career touchdown total of 62 is also a New Orleans prep record. In 2003 Chris was named Louisiana’s “Mr. Football. Following Jesuit, Chris was a four-year letterman at UCLA, where he stands on the school’s top-ten list for career all-purpose yards. After earning his sociology degree from UCLA, Chris played one year in the Arena Football League and two years in the European Football League, where he was named Offensive MVP both years.