Jesuit kennels Central Wildcats, 42-10, for first victory of the season
METAIRIE – After two forgetful weeks to start the season, Jesuit will surely remember this performance for quite some time.
The Blue Jays scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game, flying away from the visiting Central Wildcats, 42-10, for their first victory of the season Friday night at The Shrine on Airline.
Senior Michael Torry set the tone for Jesuit (1-2) on the opening kick-off, breaking free for 82 yards to put the Blue Jays on the board in a matter of seconds and the route was on. The Blue Jays scored three more touchdowns in the first half to put the game out of reach before halftime.
“We needed to feel that, we worked real, real hard,” said Jesuit Head Coach Mark Songy on the Blue Jays first victory of the season. “I was telling them all week they need to feel this victory to see how it pays off.”
The lone blemish for the Blue Jays in the first half came on their first offensive possession of the game. With the ball deep in their own territory, Quarterback Alex Watermeier fumbled the snap and Drew Lasseigne recovered for Central, giving the Wildcats first and goal at the Blue Jays six-yard line.
However, Central (1-2) would only get three points out of the great field possession as Jesuit stuffed the Wildcats twice at the one-yard line, forcing the Wildcats to settle for a 22 yard Tyler Melton field goal to cut the lead to 7-3 with 7:14 to play in the first quarter.
Two possessions later, the Blue Jays extended the lead by marching 62 yards on 6 plays, scoring on a two yard Willie Robinson touchdown to give Jesuit a 14-3 lead with 9:56 to play in the second quarter.
The Jesuit defense got in on the action the very next series. With Central crossing into Jesuit territory and trying to find any offensive success, the Blue Jays forced a Parker Evans fumble at the 43 yard line, which Perry Ganci scooped up and raced 57 yards the other way for a touchdown, further extending the Jesuit lead to 21-3 with 8:05 to play in the first half.
The Blue Jays defense wasn’t done though. On the ensuing Central possession, Jesuit again pressured Evans, this time forcing him into a bad throw for an easy Ethan Kerrigan interception, setting the Blue Jays up at the Central 40 yard line. Two plays later, Watermeier hit Noah Varnado with a perfectly placed pass for a 28 yard touchdown, stringing the lead out to 28-3 at the 5:14 mark in the second half.
Following two lackluster defensive performances against Warren Easton and St. Paul’s, the Blue Jays defense rose to the occasion against a far less potent offensive. The Blue Jays seemingly had the Wildcats by the tail all night long as they smothered Evans and the Central offense all night long. Evans finished 4 of 8 passing, for 36 yards with two interceptions and a fumble.
Central momentarily looked like they were going to change the tide at the start of the second half. The Wildcats took possession and quickly went 62 yards in 4 plays, scoring on a 12 yard touchdown run by Quint Guerin to cut the Jesuit lead to 28-10 with 10:50 in the third quarter.
The Wildcats caught the Blue Jays off guard and recover an onside kick, giving them possession right back at the Jesuit 40. The drive stalled out at the 16 yard line and any hope of a comeback for the Wildcats was quickly tamed as the Blue Jays snuffed out the fake field goal attempt and tackled kicker Tyler Melton for a seven yard loss to end the drive.
The Blue Jays put the game on ice in the fourth quarter. Following Kerrigan’s second interception of the night, Watermeier wasted no time hitting Torry with an 18 yard touchdown pass to make the score 35-10 with 11:44 to play in the game. Matt Alexander would put the final points of the night on the scoreboard, scoring on an 8 yard run with 1:24 to play, bringing the score to the final mark of 42-10
Offensively, the Blue Jays were able to finally find rhythm and success, which eluded them the first two weeks of the season. Jesuit finished the night with 162 yards rushing, led by junior Willie Robinson’s 60 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.
In addition to the 82 yard kick return touchdown, Torry gained 58 yards on 12 carries as well, along with 20 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Watermeier tacked on 116 more through air on 8 of 16 passing for two touchdowns in addition.
“It felt great, we played great as a unit tonight,” said Torry on the overall Jesuit performance on the night. “We played as one tonight and we played Jesuit football and that’s what we need to do every single week.”
The Blue Jays will look to continue playing Jesuit football next Friday when the return to the Shrine on Airline and open Catholic League play against the St. Augustine Purple Knights.
Note: With the win, Jesuit now leads the all-time series between the two schools 3-0.
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