by Hunter Bower, GeauxPreps.com Owner
In a world where sports narratives often pivot around the perennial champions and the dynasties that seem insurmountable, every once in a while, an underdog emerges to etch a story worth remembering. This week, we tip our hats to the Holy Cross football team, the undisputed GeauxPreps Team of the Week, presented by Magnolia Property Management.
In a heart-pounding Saturday night showdown, the Tigers of Holy Cross shocked the football universe when they took down the defending Select Division I state champion, John Curtis, in a thrilling 42-41 encounter that will be remembered for years to come. What made this victory even more remarkable was the manner in which it unfolded, with seconds remaining on the clock and a daring two-point conversion that etched their place in history.
Veteran quarterback Cole Canatella, the maestro behind this dramatic victory, connected with his trusted receiver, Johnson, on a 32-yard touchdown reception. The score brought Holy Cross to within one point of the formidable Patriots, setting the stage for an audacious play call.
Head coach Scott Wattigny, the mastermind behind this program’s resurgence, made the bold decision to go for the win. He sent his offense back onto the field to attempt the two-point conversion. It was a decision that required not only faith in his players but also an unshakable belief in the culture and spirit he had cultivated at Holy Cross.
In a pivotal moment that will be etched in the minds of Holy Cross faithful, the Tigers executed a triple-option play to perfection. Koby Young, showing incredible composure, scampered into the endzone, securing not just a win but a place in the hearts of Tigers fans for generations to come. The Holy Cross fanbase erupted into a celebration that spilled well into the weekend, as they reveled in their team’s historic triumph.
For the first time in the program’s history, they had claimed victory over Curtis in a series marked by relentless determination and unwavering courage.
Coach Scott Wattigny’s impact on this team cannot be understated. Since his arrival on campus, he has orchestrated a remarkable transformation, turning a struggling program into a legitimate contender. Holy Cross’ journey this season is nothing short of awe-inspiring. With a perfect 5-0 undefeated record, they have defied all odds and expectations, a stark contrast to their 3-8 finish just a season ago.
In a sports world that often seems dominated by familiar faces and predictable outcomes, the Holy Cross football team’s triumph stands as a shining example of what dedication, hard work, and unwavering belief can achieve. It’s a reminder that underdogs can rise, champions can fall, and the spirit of competition continues to captivate our hearts and minds.
Congratulations to the Holy Cross football team, the GeauxPreps Team of the Week, presented by Magnolia Property Management. Your resilience and determination have made us all believers in the power of the underdog and the magic of sports. Here’s to many more thrilling victories and inspiring moments in your remarkable journey.