NEW ORLEANS, LA – One of the longest-running rivalries in the country will continue when the Holy Cross Tigers take on the Jesuit Blue Jays on Friday at 8:30 p.m. (EST) Over 11,000 fans are expected at Tad Gormley Stadium to witness a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.
The rivalry is the longest-running one in Louisiana, going all the way back to 1922 with Jesuit holding a 54-37-1 lead. The rivalry is the fifth oldest continuously-played one in the country.
The Blue Jays have beaten the Tigers five straight times (21-7 in 2012) and have won 19 of the last 26 meetings overall.
Holy Cross went 10-3 last season, losing to Karr 28-16 in the Class 4A state championship game. Coach Barry Wilson’s team is currently 5-0, coming off a 40-7 rout of Bonnabel in which sophomore quarterback-back replacements Kyle Schexnayder and Tre Turner combined for 342 total yards and five TDs.
Jesuit, coached by Wayde Keiser, is off to a 4-2 start after going 8-4 last season. It will try to rebound after East Jefferson beat Jesuit for the first time in school history, 21-0.