NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - There was a different buzz in the air at Holy Cross this week. It's a match-up with heated rival Jesuit on the horizon that has the players a little more amped up. The coaching staff, though, is tempering the hype.
"We treat this game like any other district game, any other Catholic league game. It's an important rivalry. We understand that, especially to the alums. The game goes back to 1922, it's very special to us, but we treat it like a typical Catholic game where preparation is the same," said Holy Cross Head Coach Eric Rebaudo.
Coaches can preach it's just another week, but the players know the significance.
"It's the biggest rivalry in the country. Always a great atmosphere, packed game, it has a lot of tradition behind it. My last year I want to go out with a big bang, and just have a good game," said Tigers cornerback Kyle Meyers.
The secondary for Holy Cross should be in safe keeping with Kyle Meyers running the show against the Jays. The Florida State commitment is a unique shutdown corner that matches height and speed to dominate opponents.
"He's just one of those guys that's always been a huge competitor. We had a guy that went on to sign at LSU, and Kyle was a freshman, he always wanted to go against him. That told us a couple of years ago that this guy was going to be special. Even if he gets beat, he's going to keep coming back after you. That's the type of mentality you need as a cornerback," said Rebaudo.
In 2013 Holy Cross lost in the state semifinals to Byrd. Last year with a young roster they got knocked out in the first round of the state playoffs. In 2015 they hope with an older roster they have can success starting with Jesuit tonight.