Jesuit has edge in defensive struggle, takes 10-7 Jamboree win at Hahnville
BOUTTE, La. – For Hahnville head coach Nick Saltaformaggio, jamborees just aren’t his thing but they are the only thing he will coach, at least for a month.
After learning that he is suspended four games for LHSAA violations earlier in the day, Saltaformaggio went out and coached his team Thursday night. He refused comment on the suspension but spoke about his luck in jamborees.
“I’ve been lucky enough to win a bunch of games as a head coach, but I think I’m 1-12 in jamborees,” Saltaformmagio explained.
That trend continued Thursday night, when Jesuit held Hahnville to just one special teams score to take a 10-7 win at Tiger Stadium.
Neither team was able to get anything going offensively to begin the game.
The only scoring play in the second half was the game winner. After a 15-yard penalty call for unsportsmanlike conduct went against the Tigers set the Blue Jays up in red zone territory, senior running back Willie Robinson scored from a yard out for the decisive points.
For the game Robinson had 10 carries for 65 yards on the ground.
Jesuit’s first scoring drive came after a short punt gave the Blue Jays great field position. A few running plays later, Jesuit was approaching the red zone.
Senior wideout Noah Varnado caught a short screen pass and took it up field for 24 yards down to the Hahnville six-yard line.
After Blue Jays quarterback Robert McMahon couldn’t convert a third down throw, Jesuit was forced to settle for a 24-yard field goal by senior Max Scheurich.
On the very next play, Hahnville’s Jha’Quan Jackson broke free for a 95-yard kickoff return. With 6:12 left in the first half, the Tigers held the lead but wouldn’t score again.
The Blue Jays defense deserve a lot of credit for locking up the Tigers all game, only allowing 13 yards of total offense.
Saltaformaggio explained, “We were young, we were exposed. We’re young up front offensively with two first time starters. Jesuit’s defensive front is very good. It’ll be something we can correct.”
As a team, Jesuit finished with 188 total yards of offense. McMahon was 6-of-10 for 71 yards despite being sacked five times.
Hahnville defensive linemen Adonis Friloux and Logan Brimmer combined for three sacks in the game. Friloux had two alone, while Brimmer had one sack and another quarterback hit. Linebackers Corey Labranch and John Pearsall each had one sack.
The Tigers have a solid defense, but an offense missing graduated star Anthony “Pooka” Williams and trying to establish balance is still lacking an identity at the early stages of the season.
“We’re just gonna go back to work tomorrow. We’ll come to school, go to class, get in the weight room, and keep working. It’s a jamboree. We’re 0-0,” Saltaformaggio said.
Hahnville through the St. Charles Parish School System has appealed the ruling by the LHSAA, which also levied a $2,500 fine on Hahnville.
To open the regular season, Hahnville takes on West Jefferson at 7 p.m. next Friday at Hoss Memtsas Stadium. Jesuit will try to keep rolling against Warren Easton next Thursday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.
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Born at East Jefferson Hospital, Jordan Liuzza is a Louisiana native who grew up in Metairie, before moving to Destrehan after Hurricane Katrina. Jordan graduated Destrehan High School, class of 2012, and thereafter graduated from LSU, class of 2017, with a B.A. in Communications. Growing up in Metairie, Jordan played park ball at Johnny Bright Playground. At Destrehan High School,…