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Sunday, December 4, 2011


by Michael Monks 
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A packed house celebrated the 2011 KHSAA Class 2A State Football Champions, the Holy Cross Indians, in the school's gym in Latonia Sunday afternoon. By proclamation, the City of Covington designated December 4, 2011 as "Holy Cross Indians Day" and will name the corner of 36th & Church Streets "Champions Corner". The players were presented medals and commemorative t-shirts while principal Clay Eifert was given the game ball from the 33 - 14 victory over Glasgow in Bowling Green Friday night. What an awesome display of pride. Congratulations to Head Coach Bruce Kozerski, Eifert, the team, the students and the entire Holy Cross community on this historic achievement!
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More notes from the rally:
-Former Holy Cross principal Bill Goller said that when he pushed to create a football program that the Diocese of Covington was not initially behind the idea because of lack of funding. "They said no, you have to money for that," Goller laughed. "We were already half a million dollars in debt. I said, 'What's a million or two?' They said, 'You can do it, but we'll fire you.' I feel vindicated."
-Principal Clay Eifert lauded the school's blue-collar appeal by recognizing all the work Coach Kozerski put in while the practice fields were being laid. "You could see Bruce in ditches, laying pipes." Also, "Bruce Kozerski played three different positions on the line for the Bengals and went to the Superbowl. He'd been to the mountain, seen it all and for some reason came here to coach. He didn't inherit a dynasty. He created one."
-Did you know that Eifert was Head Coach of the Holy Cross boys' basketball team when they won the 9th Region and went to quarterfinals of the Kentucky State "Sweet 16" tournament in 1994?
-Kozerski, who is also a math teacher at the school, provided some arithmetic: Holy Cross's 5 opponents in the playoffs this year had a combined record of 53 wins and 6 losses. The Indians won by scores of 68 - 0, 45 - 0, 45 - 21, 48 - 14, and 33 - 14 for an average margin of 43.6 - 9.8.
-This year's team set school records for wins, points and fewest points allowed. 
-In addition to the City of Covington designating the day in honor of the school and naming the corner of 36th & Church Streets "Champions Corner", you will soon see a billboard on I-75 and a banner at Ritte's Corner in Latonia.
For more on the Holy Cross championship, see The River City News story from when the team buses returned victorious to Latonia.
Return of the Champs: Holy Cross is Kentucky's Best

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