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Holy Cross tries to right the wrongs of the 2020 season

Published: Aug. 7, 2021 at 10:33 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The 2020 season was one to forget for Holy Cross. The Tigers stumbled to a 1-6 record.

“It was horrible, Garland. I told our kids. I’ve been lucky. I’m going into my 16th year as a head coach. I’ve never had back-to-back losing seasons. So I don’t expect to have one this year. Coming to my Alma mater, which was obviously broken and fixing it was the right thing for me. It’s a job some would look at as being overwhelming. We’re the smallest school in the Catholic district. We’re probably the smallest school in 5A football. To come in with all those odds against you, and do something no one has done in 60 years. Holy Cross hasn’t played for a state championship since 1966, and hasn’t won one since 1963. I’m adamant about, hey let’s do this. Let’s do what no one else has been able to do,” said Holy Cross head coach Nick Saltaformaggio.

One new wrinkle in 2021, the Tigers will now run the triple option offense. Coach Salt won a state title at East Jefferson with this run-heavy approach.

“I don’t like to say we’re a young team, because when people say we’re young they automatically telling everybody we’re going to be bad. We’re not going to be a bad football team. We’re going to be very young. We only have a 11 seniors. We got 93 players. We have back-to-back small groups. So the fact that I can introduce it early to kids that are going to get Friday night playing time was No. 1. No. 2 it’s an offense that fits Holy Cross. Can implement in the fifth grade, and we can stay consistent in our offense from fifth to 12th grade. It also, No. 3, gives us an opportunity to identify players earlier by position. We’re not gifted with the lineman we play against. No 6′6″, 330-pound guy,” said Saltaformaggio.

Holy Cross opens their 2021 season against West Jeff.

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