Video: Defense, freshman quarterback Mmahat lift Brother Martin past Jesuit, 16-8
On Week 10 of the regular season, two teams with five wins each played to secure a home game in the playoffs and a higher seed in Division I on Friday night.
Brother Martin shut down Jesuit for three quarters, forcing seven sacks and allowing just 69 rushing yards to beat the Blue Jays 16-8 at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Coming out of the break, Brother Martin sacked Jesuit four times in the third quarter, allowing no first downs in the period. Senior defensive end Noah Labbe led the way for the Crusaders with two sacks and crucial fumble recovery on the night.
“All of us just wanted this game badly,” Labbe said. “We knew we wanted to prove everybody wrong. Doing so we just started to have some fun and it started to snowball, and we got the win.”
The Crusaders (6-4) overcame several obstacles this season, including losing their senior quarterback Drew Martin to a season-ending leg injury in a 7-3 loss to Holy Cross on Oct. 12.
Things didn’t look good for the Brother Martin offense after being held scoreless in a 17-0 loss against Rummel in the following week.
The team needed a spark – and they got one.
After making his first appearance in the second half of last week’s win against Shaw, Garrett Mmahat made his first career start against Jesuit and made plays when needed to lead his team to the big win.
“To play and beat Jesuit, it feels amazing,” Mmahat said. “I have a lot of friends on that team. It’s awesome.”
Mmahat completed 10-of-16 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown, including a 41-yard touchdown pass to LJ Gilyot on Brother Martin’s homecoming night.
“We drew it up at halftime,” Mmahat said. “It was a screen where LJ faked blocking and then ran a go. I just put it up there and it was a touchdown.
“I really couldn’t have done it without my o-line, the receivers making receptions and the defense getting stops for us to put us in good positions. We just did it together as a team.”
Brother Martin held Jesuit (5-5) scoreless till the fourth quarter, but the Blue Jays fought till the very end, making a run late.
Senior quarterback Robert McMahon connected with Luke LaForge for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 2:34 left in the game. A successful 2-point conversion would cut the deficit in half; however, the Blue Jays would not recover the onside kick and would run out of time.
Crusader head coach Mark Bonis – himself a former Jesuit football player – couldn’t have been prouder of his team.
“We knew we had a tough contest with Jesuit. They’re a very good football team. We played a hard schedule early, so we could improve at the best rate possible. You know when you play these types of games you have to be battle-tested. Our guys were battle-tested, came out and played Brother Martin football. They embodied what it means to be a Brother Martin football team,” Bonis said.
Blue Jay head coach Mark Songy didn’t have much to say after the tough loss.
“We got outplayed. They just did a better job than we did,” Songy said.
With the win, Brother Martin moves up to the No. 6 seed and secures the right to host a first-round playoff game, while Jesuit falls to the eighth seed with a chance to drop to ninth if St. Augustine beats Rummel on Saturday.
Brother Martin 16, Jesuit 8
BM: Jack Landry 37-yard FG @ 11:50 2Q
BM: LJ Gilyot 41-yard touchdown catch from Garrett Mmahat (Landry kick) @6:02 3Q
BM: Jack Landry 33-yard FG @11:08 4Q
BM: Jack Landry 33-yard FG @3:35 4Q
Jesuit: Luke LaForge 20-yard touchdown from Robert McMahon. 2 pt conversion successful @2:34 4Q
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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,…