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PREVIEW: Holy Cross vs. Jesuit (LA)

October 8, 2013

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.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?

Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.