Crusader Football -€“ 6
Stifling D
QB Buddy Abraham
Buddy Abraham
With 13 starters returning, the 1978 Crusaders were favored to win district. The bedrock of the team was the D, which surrendered only 7 points and a mere 121y in the three pre-district games.
  • After defeating Walker 21-0 in the jamboree, Bob Conlin's squad swarmed Kennedy 34-0 in the season opener at Gormley. While the O gained 285y, the D held the Cougars to just 51 and added a TD of their own when Randy Swain recovered a fumble in the EZ.
  • A trip to Slidell produced a 48-0 rout of the Tigers. QB Buddy Abraham scored two TDs, and Steve Gallo caught his second TD pass of the young season. Chubby Marks' defenders stifled the home team, allowing just 19y, causing four fumbles, intercepting three passes, and blocking a punt which Keith Schultz returned 45y to paydirt.
  • In the final tuneup before district play, the Saders gained revenge for the two defeats suffered at the hands of Bonnabel the year before. The O gained 294y rushing with Roland McAllister amassing 150 on that total. The Bruins managed just 51y of O. Warren Dufauchard, Reggie Gaines, and Jeff Reine each contributed an INT to the 28-7 triumph.

The Crusaders won only four of their seven district games to miss the playoffs. The season ended with a 6-2 loss to Moss Point in the Turkey Bowl at Ocean Springs MS.

District JV Champs

The 1978 Crusader JV football team won the District Championship with an undefeated record.

  • The season began with non-district victories over East Jefferson, 14-6, and Bonnabel in a shutout.
  • The only loss of the season came to Ehret, 14-8.
  • The Saders were unstoppable in district, walloping De La Salle 38-0 before stifling Jesuit and Chalmette by identical 6-0 scores.
  • Rummel fell 12-0 for the third straight shutout before Shaw scored the only district tally against BM but lost 16-6.
  • The O was led by QB Mike Calogero, HB Benny Burst, and FB Marlon Yarbrough.
  • The line was anchored by T Mike Carrou and Al Giraud, G Mike Lombardino, and TE Jean Robert, who played both ways.
  • Defensive stalwarts included DT Eddie Jacobs, DT-E Mike Carrone, LB Jay Pittman, LB Tommy Priestly, and DB David Stechmann.
1978 JV Football Action
Three Squeakers in Four Years
From 1979-1982, the Brother Martin-Shaw football rivalry was almost as close as a series can be. Three of the four clashes were decided by a single point.
  • 1979 -€“ The Eagles won 7-6. Shaw scored first on a 9y run. The Crusaders came right back on a 2y run by Bruce Daigle only to miss the extra point. Neither team changed the scoreboard after that.
  • 1980 -€“ Unbelievably, the game ended in another 7-6 Shaw triumph. Bob Conlin's crew had just lost a heartbreaker to Rummel 13-9 the week before on a "Big Ben" pass in the last seconds.
  • 1981 -€“ The West Bankers triumphed in a veritable blowout, 20-7, in the Superdome as the Eagles dominated the Crusaders.
  • 1982 -€“ Finally, after three straight losses to Shaw, the Saders triumphed 20-19, holding off a Q4 surge.
Bruce Daigle 1979
Bruce Daigle
Four-Way Tie for District
Kenny Newfield
Kenny Newfield
Billy Dwyer
Billy Dwyer

The 1964 St. Aloysius gridders entered the final game against De La Salle with a 5-3 overall record and 4-2 in district.

  • In the previous game, Thursday, November 12 (by which time the playoffs have started in prep football today), the Crusaders edged Redemptorist 3-2 on a 21y FG by senior Robin Maginnis. The key point in the game occurred in Q3 when the Rams, behind the hard running of Richard Jones, drove to a first-and-goal on the 7. However, the Knights braced and took over on downs at the 6.
  • On Saturday, November 21, the Saders belted the Cavaliers 27-6. On the first play from scrimmage, senior RB Kenny Newfield took in a pass from senior QB Ronnie Hebert and raced 44y to paydirt. Hebert also connected with Newfield for another TD, this one for 38. The LSU-bound RB capped the scoring with a brilliant 73y dash late in Q3. The other senior HB, Billy Dwyer, scored the other TD on a 13y run.
  • The final results threw the district race into a four-way tie among Aloysius, Holy Cross, Jesuit, and Terrebonne, all 5-2. The Crusaders had defeated Terrebonne (12-7) and Jesuit (14-13) but lost to the Tigers (20-14). The committee had to go to level three of the tie-breaker system before naming Jesuit and Holy Cross as the district representatives in the state playoffs. The committee asked the LHSAA for permission for a playoff but were refused.
Ronnie Hebert
Ronnie Hebert
Coach Bob Conlin
Bob Conlin

Anthony Slavich
Anthony Slavich

The 1974 Crusaders shut out three straight district opponents.

  • Friday, October 11 -€“ Bob Conlin's wishbone cranked out 273y and the D held the Chalmette Owls to just 81y in a 29-0 romp in St. Bernard Parish.
  • Thursday, October 17 -€“ The Crusaders shut out Jesuit for the third straight year following the 1971 campaign when the Blue Jays handed the state champion Saders their only loss. INTs by Kevin Lair, Anthony Slavich, and Mark Schindler set up scores or stopped Jesuit drives. Freddie Martinez provided the offensive higlight with a dazzling 92y return of the opening kickoff to start a 34-0 homecoming rout.
  • Saturday, October 26 -€“ The Shaw Eagles fell 28-0, with all the scoring in Q2. Newly-installed FB Tony Melito scored the first TD on a 2y plunge as part of his 78y rushing. The Sader secondary provided four more INTs. Rummel's 20-14 loss to Holy Cross that weekend propelled BM into first place.

Alas, the Crusaders lost to Rummel 10-7 the following week and finished second in district. The final 1974 record was 8-2-1 after a first round 7-3 playoff loss at #2 ranked West Jefferson.

Kevin Lair
Kevin Lair

Freddie Martinez
Freddie Martinez

Continued Futility
Coach Wop Glover
"Wop" Glover

Johnny Campora

On Sunday, October 12, 1941, the St. Aloysius Crusaders tried for the 17th time to defeat the Jesuit Blue Jays on the gridiron.

  • Jesuit rode a 13-game winning streak into the clash at four-year-old City Park Stadium. They had defeated Behrman and Baton Rouge during the 1941 campaign.
  • "Wop" Glover's Crusaders opened the season with a 14-10 victory over Moss Point before losing to St. Stanislaus and the great "Doc" Blanchard 14-0.

A crowd of 8,500 watched the Saders battle the Jays to a standstill.

  • According to Times Picayune correspondent Stanford Opotowsky, "the contest was extremely disappointing in that it failed to produce even half of many thrill plays the fans were expecting. Both teams played almost annoyingly cautious football, leaving little opportunity for any slipups which might have been converted into scoring breaks."
  • The Saints corralled Jesuit's 190 lb FB Tony DiBartolo. In addition, SA's star RB Johnny Campora kept the enemy at bay with booming punts.
  • As a result, almost the entire game was played between the 30y lines.

Finally, with less than two minutes left, Jesuit finally threatened.

  • Ray Coates intercepted Campora's pass on the Jay 20 and returned it 44y to the 36. Al Widmer passed to Schmitz for 12, then Widmer tore through T for 14 for first-and-goal on the 9. After three line bucks netted only 3y, Tom Loker tried a FG but missed to keep the game scoreless.
  • Because of a 9-8 advantage in first downs gained on that last drive, the defending state champions retained their undefeated record.

After allowing 24 points in the first two games, the Saints relinquished only 6 more the rest of the season to finish 5-1-2. It would take three more years before the Crusaders broke the Jesuit hex.

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A Tale of Two Eddies
An article in the February 19, 1934, issue of The Aloysian recounted the intertwined lives of two recent stars of the prep league. Eddie Daigle of St. Aloysius ('33) and Eddie Toribio of Jesuit grew up together.
  • Both attended McDonogh 28 school on Esplanade Avenue just off Broad.
  • After finishing there, Toribio began a course at the Delgado Trade School while Daigle entered Aloysius.
  • Toribio moved to Jesuit "and then the fun began."

Let Richard Lambert ('34), the Aloysian writer, take over.

Every sports-loving Orleanian looked forward to a Aloysius-Jesuit event simply because they were assured of an intensely exciting competition between the two Eddies. Can Toribio score with Daigle behind him? Will Daigle be able to break loose with Toribio hovering about? That's all anyone wished to see. And in the sprints it was beautiful to see them running abreast carrying with them the anxious hearts of followers of their respective schools. But few knew of the two lives off the athletic field.

Living in the same parish, attending the same church, presented at the same parties, going about with the same set, they were often, in fact, almost invariably side by side. Parishioners of St. Rose Church were proud of their two Eddies. Very often they were seen next to each other at the Communion rail. On the morning of any athletic competition Father Prendergast administered Holy Communion to them and he says that often he wondered whose prayer the Lord would answer that day.

Both boys were noted for their modest reception of victory and praise. Both were equally good sportsmen in defeat. Separated now by miles and miles, they are still good friends. If rumors now circulating in prep circles are true, within six months the two Eddies will be rivals no longer but partners on the field as they were in childhood. Both boys are scheduled to enter Loyola next fall.

Daigle transferred to Loyola after a year in New Mexico.

After assisting legendary coach Gernon Brown at Jesuit for many years, Toribio coached the Aloysius gridders from 1948-1952, winning the school's first city championship in his last year. He then returned to his alma mater as head coach until his early death in 1958.

Eddie Daigle
Eddie Toribio
Eddie Toribio

Coach Eddie Toribio 1950
Eddie Toribio 1950

Winners On And Off the Gridiron


RB Mark Estorge
Mark Estorge

LB Pat Stant
Pat Stant

In 1986-7, the LHSAA inaugurated its "Academic All-State" program to honor outstanding athletes who also excelled in the classroom. Five Crusaders made the football all-academic team.
  • Senior RB Mark Estorge, who also served as Student Council President, gained over 1,000y rushing, score 9 TD, and led the team in pass receptions. His 3.62 GPA in the Honors curriculum ranked him 17th in his class.
  • LB Pat Stant, like Estorge an All-District performer, led the Crusaders in tackles. His 3.24 GPA put him in the top 20% of his class. Stant was also named to Parade magazine-€™s All-American High School Football Team, one of only 5 LBs named nationwide. One of only two Louisianians honored, Pat followed in the footsteps of Warde Manuel (-€™86), who received same award the previous year.

Other key performers who excelled on the field and in the classroom:

  • RB Mike Johnston gained over 300y and achieved a GPA of 3.41.
  • LB Dennis Pearse sported a 3.60 GPA.
  • DB Mike Danna, whose injury-riddled senior season did not tarnish his leadership, boasted a 3.47 GPA.

The 1986 edition of Brother Martin football finished the regular season 7-3 to make the playoffs. The Crusaders defeated South Lafourche 20-0 in the first round before bowing to Fortier 40-28.

DB Mike DannaRB Mike Johnston
(L) Mike Danna chases Mickey Joseph of Shaw; (R) Mike Johnston rambles.
First Douglass Win
Andy Douglass took over the St. Aloysius football program in 1953 after Eddie Toribio returned to his alma mater, Jesuit, to replace the legendary Gernon Brown.
  • A graduate of Metairie High, Andy lettered three years at C for Auburn.
  • Andy joined the Aloysius faculty for the 1952 season. He coached the line as the Crusaders won the city championship in the highest classification for the first time.
  • M. L. Lagarde ('45) and first-year coach Bobby Nuss ('48) assisted Douglass.
1953 Captains and Coaches
The 1953 coaches with their captains: (L-R) Bobby Nuss, Bobby Neyrey, Andy Douglass, Eddie Arms, M. L. Lagarde
After losing to Leon Godchaux at Reserve 20-7, Douglass's first squad faced De La Salle on Sunday, September 13, at City Park Stadium. The game held extra significance because the Cavalier coach, Johnny Altobello, left Esplanade Avenue after the 1951-2 school year to become AD and head football, basketball, and baseball coach at the St. Charles Avenue school, which began operation in 1949.
  • FB Walt Kelley put the Cavs ahead with a TD in the early minutes of Q1.
  • The scoreboard read 6-0 until early in Q2 when HB Jimmy LaCava fought his way across the DLS goal. However, the PAT failed to keep the score tied.
  • After the Cavaliers lost the ball on downs, the Saints kept it for the remainder of the period without scoring.

The pivotal play occurred in Q3.

  • Pinned back to its 10, DLS sent Kelley into punt formation. However, "Big John" Wilson crashed through and blocked the kick, which rolled out of the EZ for a safety.
  • SA kept possession for all but two plays in the final period to preserve the 8-6 victory.
Andy's first squad finished the season with a 6-4 record.
1953 De La Salle Game
Star Opponent: John Fourcade
Crusader athletes have competed against many future college and pro players.

The Crusader gridiron aggregations of 1976-77 played the Shaw Eagles led by future Ole Miss and Saints QB John Fourcade.


  • The Saders walloped the Eagles 38-7 at Suarez Stadium in Chalmette.
  • Fourcade started as a sophomore but did not fare well against a powerful Martin team that finished the season 8-2-1.
  • After the Crusaders scored on their first possession on a 26y run by FB Tony Melito, Fourcade countered with a 54y TD pass to Marcel Thomas.
  • Shaw would score no more as the Saders used a series of four no huddle plays to take the lead for good on a 35y scamper by QB Louis Ernst.
  • Fourcade and Company ended the evening with only 152y of O.


  • Fourcade led the Eagles to a 26-7 victory over the Saders at Memtsas Stadium. The All-Stater rushed 183y on 16 carries out of the Shaw's new veer O.
  • Leading 7-0 just before the half, John scampered 65y to paydirt.
  • In Q3, backed deep in his own territory, he went 47y from the 15 to the Sader 38. Eight plays later, he culminated the back-breaking drive with a 13y run.
  • On the next possession, Fourcade got loose for 30y to set up another TD.


  • Shaw came to Tad Gormley for the last regular season game. The Saders needed to win by more than one point to obtain a playoff berth.
  • The wishbone O scored on its first two possessions against the Eagles "Brickhouse" D. Mike Schiro's 1y plunge climaxed a 76y drive with the opening kickoff. Following a fumble, the Crusaders moved 35y as Schiro again did the honors from the 1.
  • Chubby Marks' D held on to win 14-7. Twice the Saders stopped Shaw at the 1, once in each half.
  • Fourcade's O outgained BM 341-199, including 113-5 in the air. But three lost fumbles and an INT shot down the Eagles.
  • The victory gave the Saders a share of the district championship with Shaw and St. Augustine. By the tie-breaking procedure, the Purple Knights were eliminated from the state playoffs.
  • Fourcade was voted 4A All-State MVP.

It was well known that Fourcade as a senior followed his own rules on Coach Joe Zimmerman's squad.

  • John traveled to and from games apart from the team, ignored plays sent in by the coaches, and even turned back subs.
  • Shortly before the '77 Shaw game, I talked to Coach Conlin about Fourcade's "special status." To get a reaction, I asked, "If you had a player that good, you'd give him special privileges, wouldn't you?" Bob replied: "I'd sooner shovel manure than put up with that!"
QB John Fourcade
QB Louis Ernst
Louis Ernst
RB Mike Schiro
Mike Schiro




Stifling D

District JV Champs

Three Squeakers in Four Years

Four-Way Tie for District


Continued Futility

A Tale of Two Eddies

Winners On And Off Gridiron

First Douglass Win

Star Opponent: John Fourcade

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