Jesuit routs Holy Cross in District 9-5A opener _lowres

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Holy Cross quarterback Kyle Schexnayder slips away from Jesuit's Zack Robert while Jesuit's Hunter Robert closes in a game last season.

Kyle Schexnayder didn’t waste any time.

Schexnayder, gearing up for his senior season at Holy Cross, committed to play at Louisiana College on Thursday shortly after Wildcats coach Dennis Dunn offered him a spot.

“I just wanted to go ahead and get it over with, so I could focus on everything I needed to do for my senior year,” Schexnayder said. “It’s humbling and excitement at the same time.”

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Schexnayder had drawn some interest from other schools, but chose the Division III school. (Division III schools don’t offer athletic scholarships).

“They believed in me since Day 1,” Schexnayder said. “Even though I am a little undersized, they never took that into consideration. I always thought that was a place where I would fit in really well.”

Schexnayder completed 67 of 132 passes for 747 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior before fracturing a bone in his foot midway through the season.

It was Schexnayder’s first year as a starter, replacing James Tabary, who went on to play at Arkansas State.

“James was awesome and showed me the ropes of being a starting quarterback,” Schexnayder said. “I had big shoes to fill.”

Schexnayder also rushed for another 371 yards and two touchdowns.

“Kyle is just a competitor,” Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo said. “He is going to come out and play hard on every single play. Physically, his legs save him a lot. He puts a lot of stress on the defense because he can get out of some pressure situations. It’s a great thing for Louisiana College and a great thing for Kyle.”

Schexnayder is hoping his twin brother, John Curtis punter Kody Schexnayder, will join him as well.

“Hopefully we can be a package , and he can come, too,” Kody said. “It would be awesome to play with him again. We haven’t been in school together since the eighth grade. All of the thanks goes to him because he is the one who pushes me and makes sure I do everything I need to do to succeed.”

Schexnayder, who also plays baseball at Holy Cross, said he will try to walk on in that sport as well.

“I haven’t talked to the coach yet, but my goal is to play both,” Schexnayder said. “If not, I will just concentrate on football.”

Schexnayder is the fifth Holy Cross senior (the most among schools in the Greater New Orleans area) who has made a oral commitment.

Other Holy Cross players who have committed are running back Tre Turner (Arizona State), defensive back Kyle Myers (Florida State), linebacker Kenny Hebert (Tulane), and linebacker Jacques Boudreaux (Louisiana-Lafayette).

“When I took my visit, I knew it was the place for me,” Schexnayder said.