No big plays — that’s the Friday night goal of Holy Cross’ defense against rival Chalmette at Bobby Nuss Stadium.
It won’t be easy.
A fourth quarter full of effort. Flying to the football. Capitalizing on all Chalmette offensive mistakes (if there are any).
“We can’t let them make big plays — 25 or more yards,” Holy Cross safety Corey Rholdon said.
The nondistrict game marks the schools’ 45th meeting in the state’s oldest rivalry between a Catholic and public school.
Holy Cross leads the series 30-11-3.
“It’s a big rivalry game, there’s no question about it,” said first-year Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo, now in his 13th season at the school. “We take this game seriously. We know what it means, the history behind it.”
The Tigers want the history to continue, while Chalmette is aiming for its first win in the series since 2011.
The Tigers want to curtail speedy receivers Montrell Howard and Kerry Johnson. Both can reach the end zone — and fast. They’re also preparing for Owls running back Connor Lambert, who last week amassed 176 yards against Northshore.
“They can get around the corner to the outside pretty fast,” Holy Cross cornerback Kyle Meyers said.
The Owls (1-0) have utilized their playmakers during the first two weeks of the season, helping their offense average 34.5 points per game.
Meanwhile, Holy Cross (1-1), which returns just two starters on defense, trailed Covington by 24 points in the third quarter before rallying late in a losing effort 24-21. And Friday, the Tigers held on late against Sulphur (34-27), stopping their offense on a fourth-and-3 at the Holy Cross 34 with 33 seconds left.
“They’re getting used to starting,” said Myers, who along with linebacker Adrian Richardson are the lone returning Holy Cross starters on defense.
“All the plays have been thrown at them. They’ll get better as each week goes. We can be a great defense.”