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Cor Jesu Begins Football - I


Cor Jesu Principal Brother Roland, S.C.
Brother Roland, S.C.

Andy Bourgeois
Andy Bourgeois receives CJ's first athletic sweater at the "Meet the Coach" banqet 1/30/65

Coach Bob Conlin 1965
Bob Conlin

Brother Cecil Hebert, S.C.
Brother Cecil, S.C.

On November 25, 1964, Brother Roland, S.C., principal, announced that Cor Jesu High School would begin an interscholastic athletic program for the 1965-6 school year.
  • Sports would include football, basketball, baseball, track, golf, and a drill team.
  • Plans were being drawn for a gymnasium at a cost of $400,000. The gym would have a seating capacity of 2000-2500. The building would also contain a stage and a music room.
  • Andy Bourgeois (SA '55) accepted the position of athletic director and coach of football and baseball. Since graduating from LSU, where he played on Paul Dietzel's Chinese Bandits, Andy had coached football at another brothers' school, St. Aloysius of Vicksburg.
  • Applications for the freshman class on Elysian Fields rose 50% the following February.
  • Bourgeois hired Bob Conlin, assistant coach at McGill Institute in Mobile, as the head basketball and assistant football coach for the new school.
  • Brother Cecil, S.C., would also assist with the football program.
Cor Jesu fielded a varsity football team for the 1965 season, playing an independent schedule. The results were ugly, as you would expect.

1965 Cor Jesu Football Roster

Cor Jesu Initial Game
Kingsmen board bus for their initial game.

  • @St. Martin's 0-32
    The Saints welcomed the new school to prep football with a successful on-sides kick. That set the tone for an afternoon in which the Kingsmen made only one first down, and that by penalty.
  • @St. Bernard 0-39
    After their first three games were cancelled because of Hurricane Betsy, the Eagles fit CJ into their schedule during a bye week. Excited to finally start their season, St. Bernard scored 26 points in Q1. In the waning minutes, the Kingsmen put together a march that reached the 4 before an INT in the EZ ended the threat.
  • New Orleans Academy 6-13 @NORD Stadium
    The Kingsmen finally scored with 40 seconds remaining when Samuel Cochran blasted off LT from the 4.
  • @St. Stanislaus 2-14
    CJ again played good D and nearly scored another TD on a strange play. With a minute and a half left in the contest, the Kingsmen played a first-and-goal at the 5. QB Ralph Oster tried to hit SE Sal Dimitri in the EZ, but the pass was intercepted. When Dimitri tackled the defender, the ball shot forward and was recovered in the EZ by a Kingsman. But the officials ruled the defender guilty of an illegal forward lateral and gave CJ two points instead of six.

The Kingsmen would have four more games to try to garner the first victory in school history.

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Cor Jesu Begins Football - II
After starting their initial season 0-4, the Cor Jesu gridders celebrated the school's first Homecoming, facing Archbishop Shaw on Sunday afternoon, October 24, 1965, at West Jefferson Stadium (not yet christened "Hoss Memtsas Stadium").
  • The Marrero school staffed by the Salesian priests and brothers was in its fourth year of existence with an enrollment of 436.
  • Controlling the ball and never letting the Kingsmen mount a serious drive or threat, the Eagles scored in every quarter to win 33-0.
  • The highlights for Andy Bourgeois's squad were sophomore Dracos Morvant recovering a fumble on the 25 and blocking a would-be TD pass, junior Glenn Caldwell receiving two first down passes and intercepting an aerial in the second half.
The following Saturday night, Cor Jesu took on another set of Eagles, this one from Ridgewood Prep, at Behrman Stadium in Algiers.
  • Bourgeois pulled out all stops starting with a successful onsides kick to open the game. The Kingsmen marched to the 12 only to have an INT stop the threat.
  • After that it was all Ridgewood as the Eagles staged their best offensive show of the season to slam the Kingsmen 39-0. Included in the onslaught was a 58y scamper on a fake punt.
  • Sophomore QB Ralph Oster gained good ground on passes to Caldwell for four first downs and to sophomore Gordon Piron for another one.
  • Junior G Kerry Camarata stopped a drive in Q4 by recovering a fumble.
Cor Jesu Pep Rally for Franklin Game
Coach Bourgeois fires up the student body before the Franklin game.

Continuing a schedule that would see them play eight games at eight different fields, the vagabonds traveled to Kirsch Rooney Stadium to meet Ben Franklin.

  • The Kingsmen continued their futile streak of scoreless games as the Falcons enjoyed a 34-0 romp that featured scoring runs of 86 and 40y.
  • Defensive high points for CJ were three fumble recoveries by senior Don Howard, Wesley Schmidt, and junior Wayne Castay.
  • On the other side of the ball, junior E Craig Condon snagged three passes, one of which carried to the 3. With only minutes left to play, Oster carried the ball to the 6" line, but a clipping penalty negated the gain, and time ran out before the offense could get into the EZ.

One last chance to get a victory - a Saturday game against Archbishop Rummel at Metairie Playground.

  • An ironic twist for the game came from the fact that the brothers' first choice for a name for their new school that opened on Elysian Fields in 1954 had been Archbishop Rummel in honor of the man whose fund-raising drive supplied most of the money for the construction. However, the Archbishop refused to permit his name to be used. After his death, another product of his program took the appellation instead.
  • Like Shaw, Rummel opened for the 1962-3 school year but, with a much larger enrollment than its companion on the West Bank, had joined the Catholic League that season. As a result, the first-year Red and Gold squad was in way over its head against the Raiders.
  • The highlight of the day was the Kingsmen's second TD of the season, the culmination of a 10-play, 70y Q4 drive. Caldwell caught a pass that was batted around by two defenders on the 1 to set up the score, which Oster claimed on a sneak. Senior Sam Cochran ran in the EP to make the score 53-7 at that point.
  • The Raiders, who led 40-0 at the half, took umbrage at being scored on. They added two quick TDs and were knocking on the door for another when sophomore Peter Brien intercepted a pass on the last play of the game.
  • Bourgeois and his staff would not forget the 66-7 shellacking when they faced Rummel again a few years later.

So the maiden voyage ended 0-8 with a point differential of 238-15. The elusive first victory would have to wait for the 1966 season.

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Glenn Caldwell CJ '67
Glenn Caldwell

Kerry Camarata CJ '67
Kerry Camarata

Don Howard CJ '66
Don Howard

Wayne Castay CJ '67
Wayne Castay

Craig Condon CJ 67
Craig Condon

Sam Cochran, CJ '66
Sam Cochran

Cor Jesu Begins Football - III


Emile "Chubby" Marks
Chubby Marks 1966

Cor Jesu QB Bobby Grieshaber
Bobby Grieshaber

After a winless opening season of football, Year 2 could only improve, and it did.

  • Coach Andy Bourgeois had a new assistant in the person of Emile "Chubby" Marks (SA '54), who had coached at Metairie Junior High and East Jefferson nine years.
  • The Kingsmen continued to play as an independent and not as a member of any district.
The first foe was the John Curtis Patriots on Friday, September 9 at NORD Stadium.
  • The four-year-old school was playing its first game as a member of the LHSAA.
  • 1,500 watched the Kingsmen earn their first gridiron victory, 13-6.
  • After a scoreless opening period, Peter Brien's INT put the ball on the Patriot 37. Bobby Grieshaber passed to E Glenn Caldwell to the 17. Then the sophomore QB ran around RE to the 4. From there, FB Billy Belou blasted up the middle for the first TD. Jim Rucket's PAT was unsuccessful. Later in the quarter, Belou scored again on a 74y gallop through the middle. This time Rucket's kick was true to make it 13-0.
  • Curtis finally got on the board in Q4 on a pass but missed the PAT.
  • Bourgeois wrote in his "Coach's Corner" column in The Kingsman: We taught our boys how to accept a loss with respect last year. What a happy situation to teach them how to accept victory!

The Kingsmen would practice graciously accepting victory four more times that season. The complete results were as follows.

  • September 16: St. Joseph @Chauvin 13-21
  • September 23: @Sam Barthe 33-0
  • October 7: New Orleans Academy @Sam Barthe 55-7
  • October 16: @St. Stanislaus 41-6
  • October 21: @St. Martin's 33-13
  • October 27: Ridgewood @NORD Stadium 14-21
  • November 5: Ben Franklin @Kirsch-Rooney 7-14
1966 Cor Jesu Football Squad
1966 Cor Jesu Football Squad

 

 

 

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