Surging Jesuit hands Hahnville first loss
What started out as a potentially ominous season for Jesuit is turning into a very promising season for the Blue Jays.
After a disappointing loss to St. Paul’s and after starting district play with a convincing loss to Brother Martin, Jesuit has gotten healthy, found its identity and is winning games against good competition in impressive fashion.
Perhaps the most impressive win came Friday night when the Blue Jays went to Boutte into a hostile environment and handled previously unbeaten Hahnville 24-14, spoiling Homecoming for the Tigers, who were ranked second in the most recent LHSAA Class 5A power ratings.
Jesuit has now won four of its last five games, falling only to John Curtis Christian while improving its seeding in the upcoming Division I playoffs.
Speaking on The Three Tailgaters Show on 106.1 FM NASH ICON Saturday morning, Songy was thrilled with his team’s performance against Hahnville.
“We’ve been waiting for a big win,” Songy said. “Our kids stayed with the plan. We went in knowing that Hahnville is very talented, well coached and unbeaten. We are very excited about how we played and how well prepared we were and how intense we were. We did not make mental mistakes. The idea was to get on them quickly and we were able to do so.”
The Blue Jays took the early lead, driving 52 yards in seven plays with Radar Jackson scoring on an 18-yard run to make it 7-0. Aiden Corbello added to the lead with a 29-yard field goal to make it 10-0, capping a nine-play, 65-yard drive.
On the opening drive of the second half, Jesuit continued its dominance, driving 65 yards in eight plays Grant Jordan connected with Luke Besh on a 22-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-0 with 8:47 to play in the third quarter.
The Tigers responded with a 24-yard touchdown run by Drew Naquin to cut the deficit to 17-7.
The Blue Jays put the game away with 10:30 to play in the game as Jordan ran nine yards for a touchdown to make it 24-7, capping a nine-play, 49-yard drive.
Naquin completed the scoring with a 3- yard touchdown pass to Chance Tregle with 8:24 to play but but it was too little, too late.
Jesuit’s fine defensive front held Hahnville to just 92 yards rushing while the offense, led by Jordan, continues to improve.
Jordan is a large reason for the turnaround for Jesuit.
“He’s been playing lights-out,” Songy said. “He’s getting better every week. He is extremely coachable. Our offensive coordinator, Scott Bairnsfather, has done an excellent job with him. Grant has a good work ethic and wants to improve and he has. He is putting balls on the money and he is extending plays with his feet. You have to account for him in the running game.”
The Blue Jay defense was stout against the Tigers.
“Our defensive front has been solid all season long,” Songy said. “Sonny Hazard, Evan Taffaro and Ethan Branch have played really well all season long. Our linebackers are doing a good job as well. We were excited about our defensive front going into the season and they have not disappointed us at all.”
Now, the Blue Jays get unbeaten Archbishop Rummel Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium with a chance to prevent the Raiders from winning an outright district championship and possibly the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
“A win this week would likely put us in the (No. 5 seed) in the playoffs,” Songy said. “That’s a tall order given what Rummel did last night. We knew we were going to face them Week 10.
“We’ll show up and play real hard. Our coaches will have a real good plan. Of course, we will all likely see each other again in the playoffs. You are seeing the best of the best in Division I.”
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