St. Paul’s exacts revenge against Jesuit
The two sides know each other very well.
In 2018, Jesuit knocked off St. Paul’s 34-24 in the regular season and the Blue Jays ended the Wolves season with a 21-17 playoff victory as well.
Having lost two close games to Jesuit, including in the playoffs a year ago, St. Paul’s was primed to avenge those tough defeats Friday night at Hunter Stadium.
The Wolves did so, holding off Jesuit 19-16 to improve to 2-0.
Speaking on The Three Tailgaters Show on 106.1 FM NASH ICON Saturday morning, St. Paul’s coach Ken Sears did not hide the revenge factor being a key element in the victory.
“No doubt,” Sears said. “Both games last year were tight where they came back in the end to win. Our kids were certainly motivated to win this game after what happened a year ago.”
Kenny Sears expected it would be another dogfight with the Blue Jays.
“They are well coached and a disciplined team,” Sears said. “It’s always a great battle and a good atmosphere. They have a tremendous front four on defense but we are playing well defensively as well. We felt if we could score in that 20 to 21-point range, we could win.”
The game was a defensive struggle most of the way with Jesuit taking a 3-2 halftime lead. A William Grand field goal gave the Wolves a 5-3 lead in the third quarter before sophomore quarterback Grant Billson connected with Cole Piazza on a 21-yard touchdown pass to make it 12-3.
It looked like St. Paul’s would win easy after Billson raced 30 yards for a score to make it 19-3 before Jesuit scored twice to cut the deficit to 19-16 and the Blue Jays had the ball at midfield late with a chance to tie or win the game but the Wolves forced a turnover to secure a hard-earned win.
Billson passed for 129 yards and a touchdown in the victory while Carter Elie had 17 carries for 55 yards.
“He’s certainly gotten better,” Sears said. “He’s taken some lumps but he is improving every week, gaining confidence in what we do. I see him developing each week.
Grant Jordan passed for 255 yards and two scores for the Blue Jays (1-1) while Luke Besh was big with 12 receptions for 158 yards. The Wolves were stout up front defensively, holding Jesuit to just four yards rushing.
“Our defensively line did a great job with our pass rush and we did a good job of stopping the run,” Sears said. “We are playing without Wayne Galloway in the secondary, who is our best player, but our other players are stepping up and playing well. They are progressing very well.”
Based on early results, District 6-5A looks like it will be a dogfight this season.
“There’s a lot of parity in our district,” Sears said. “It will be a week-to-week thing. Every game is going to be a battle for us. If we can get a little better each week on offense and play the kind of defense we’re playing, we’ll be fine.”
The Wolves face a very difficult test next Friday night against tradition power Destrehan.
“Steve Robicheaux does a great job,” Sears said. “I really feel like playing teams like that. Playing teams at a high level prepares us very well for district play. That environment will prepare us well. They are very talented and we will just have to avoid the big play and force them to move the chains and not yield big plays. It will be quite a challenge.”
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