Thousands packed the stands to see one of the best teams in the nation take on their rival when St. Ignatius and St. Edward got together on Halloween. It was a cold and windy day, but that didn’t keep people from supporting their teams. Before the game, Marines were placed in areas guaranteed to receive the most traffic from the fans and the interaction was consistent through the game.
Jacob Schwertner has been the leader of St. Edward’s offensive line for the past two seasons. He is a two-year letterman and this year serves as captain of the team. Despite the demands of football, he has maintained a 4.073 GPA in an advanced placement/ honors curriculum. Jake is considering Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard to continue his education and plans to study business finance.
The scholarship recipient from St. Ignatius High School is linebacker Giovanni Nardi, son of Nick and Elizabeth Nardi. Giovanni is a two-year letterman in football and also a 2nd degree black belt. He is a National Merit Semifinalist, a member of the National Honor Society, and serves St. Joseph of Arimathea as a pallbearer. Giovanni has a 4.31 GPA.
Dan Andrews ’86 had an outstanding athletic career at St. Edward playing football and basketball all four years. He participated in the St. Edward-St. Ignatius rivalry during his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. Dan was a two-year starter at tailback and led the team to a 10-0 victory over St. Ignatius in his junior year. As team captain in 1985, he led the Eagles to a 12-0 victory over St. Ignatius by carrying the ball 27 times for 177 yards and one touchdown. During his four years at St Edward, he never lost a game to St. Ignatius. Dan was inducted into the St. Edward Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 and still holds the single season record for most carries in a season with 289. Dan was a four-year starter at Baldwin Wallace College, rushing for over 5,000 yards in his career as a tailback and named All-American in his senior season. Dan was also recognized as an Academic All-American at Baldwin Wallace, one of the few players to receive All-American status for both football and academics.
The Hall of Fame inductee from St. Ignatius High School is 2004 graduate Josiah “Juice” Kedzoir. Josiah played in the rivalry two years as a wide receiver and kicker. In his junior year, he kicked two field goals, and in his senior year, he had four catches as a receiver totaling 80 yards. He also scored a touchdown and his second field goal was the game-winning kick.