Crusader Sports History
June 22, 2017
From the Archives: Alumni Basketball Game 1965
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Why Pass?

Bob Conlin

Danny Thiel

Dante Ascani

Frank Caracci

Marc Williams streaks for yardage.

Chubby Marks

Bob Conlin's Crusaders met Holy Cross Friday, September 25, 1992, in their first game at Tad Gormley Stadium since 1990. The stadium had been closed for a major upgrade to prepare for the U.S. Olympics Trials held in June 1992.
  • The Saders had opened the season with a 17-14 victory over Ehret, then lost to Hammond at SLU 14-10, before a 19-0 triumph at Central Lafourche.
  • The Tigers were winless in their three games.

As Bryan Lazare wrote in his Times-Picayune article on the game, Conlin wants to pound all opponents into submission by simply running the football.

  • The Crusaders pounded the Tigers for 484y on the ground on their way to a 35-0 victory.
  • Senior QB Danny Thiel threw only one pass, which was intercepted.
  • We didn't need to throw, said Thiel afterward. We were getting 5y a pop. It looked like we were confusing them. They couldn't stop all of us.

The first TD was set up by a 23y punt.

  • The Saders moved 34y in five plays, senior FB Dante Ascani doing the honors from the 3.
  • The second scoring drive lasted an incredible 17 plays and covered 75y. Thiel ran over from the 4.
  • Before the 1st half ended, Martin cranked up an 80y march in just eight plays. Senior RB Frank Caracci covered the final 15.
  • HC was unable to stop the Crusaders on 3rd downs during the second and third possessions. Martin converted 4-of-6 third downs and moved the chains on the other two series on 4th down.
  • The Crusaders piled up 206y in the first 24 minutes of play.

Frank Caracci runs through the Holy Cross defense.
The Crimson Knights wasted no time after the intermission in making it 28-0.
  • Thiel sped 76y to paydirt on the first play from scrimmage in Q3.
  • Ascani added his second TD of the evening to complete the scoring.

Two Crusaders ended the evening with over 100y rushing while a third fell just short of the century mark.

  • Thiel led with 163y.
  • Caracci added 117.
  • Ascani gained 98.

Chubby Marks's defense also had a stellar game.

  • Holy Cross had two excellent scoring chances handed to them when they recovered fumbles deep in BM territory.
  • In the first half, the Crossmen took over at the BM 11. But four plays lost 9y. When we stopped them after the fumble in the first half, that was really a key series, said Conlin after the game. We came out after a sudden change, and the defense played well.
  • In the second half, HC started at the BM 5. Four snaps produced 3y.
  • The Tigers ran just 22 plays, gaining positive yardage on only eight of them. HC ended with -13y rushing.

Heath Howat (52) and Mike Kane record one of BM's five sacks.
The '92 Crusaders finished the regular season 8-2 to make the playoffs.
  • They defeated Mandeville 21-10 at Gormley in the first round.
  • Ehret got revenge for the season-opening defeat with a 19-7 upset at Gormley that ended the career of 19 seniors.
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