Replay: Jesuit impresses to hand Holy Cross first loss, 28-7
Holy Cross had won each of its first four games by more than 20 points.
Battle-tested Jesuit was not deterred by that fact.
At Tad Gormley Stadium, the Blue Jays improved to 2-0 in District 9-5A with a 28-7 win Friday night over the Tigers 28-7 in a game aired live on CrescentCitySports.com.
In the 99th meeting between the two schools, Jesuit (4-1) clamped down defensively, only allowing 171 total yards of offense and just one late score.
The Tigers were forced to punt on four of their six first half possessions, with the two other drives ending in a turnover on downs and a lost fumble recovered by Jesuit’s defensive back Cameron Helm in the second quarter.
However, Jesuit took just a 6-0 lead into the locker room.
Blue Jays head coach Mark Songy said, “I thought we had a real good, complete performance tonight. I knew 6-0 at half definitely wasn’t holding up. They’re a really good football team. They’re very well coached and I think we had them on their heels most of the night.”
Jesuit found the end zone for the first time with a flash to start the third quarter when Luke Besh returned the second half opening kickoff for a 93-yard touchdown to put the lead at 13-0.
“We’ve been working that real hard” Songy said about the big kick return. “We’ve been close so far during the year to popping one. Luke has the speed to do that. He hit it running the right way and all 11 of our guys had something to do with that.”
On the next drive for Jesuit, Brayton Whittington scored on a one-yard run to cap a five-play drive to put the score to 20-0 with 8:44 left in the third quarter. Whittington ran 15 times for 79 yards and one touchdown.
The Jesuit defensive line played stellar as a unit, led by Owen Melville and Perry Ganci. Melville, who finished with two sacks, noted the total team effort on the night.
We were really hungry for this game and everybody played lights out. From special teams, offense, defense and coaching, it was just a great game,” said Melville.
Ganci had a sack and a tackle for loss. “I think we got rid of a lot of the mistakes we made last week”, said Ganci. “We still made some mistakes, but not nearly as many as we made last week. So we were able to really show how great our defense was and the offense showed off in the second half. A great game plan by the coaches and we stuck to it.”
Blue Jays defensive lineman Sonny Hazard also had a sack as part of the effort that kept Holy Cross (4-1) off balance on offense.
“I think they beat us up front. We couldn’t establish the run early on and when we were in a situation where we had to pass the ball, we didn’t have a whole lot of time. I have to give a lot of credit to their defensive line. They were phenomenal,” said Tigers head coach Guy Lecompte.
Holy Cross defensive lineman Jace Stewart finished the night with a sack and a tackle for loss but playing from behind took its toll as the game moved along.
The Tigers did put together an solid 10-play 84-yard drive in the third quarter to get on the board to climb back into the contest. Wideout Jalen Johnson made a touchdown toss on the reverse to quarterback Bryan Broussard to put the score at 20-7 with 1:43 left in the third quarter.
Jesuit’s Willie Robinson ran a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Robinson lead the team with 18 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown.
“Coach always told us to never let down”, Robinson said. “We gotta keep the game going. Keep pushing and keep fighting, because anything can happen in the game. Holy Cross could’ve easily came back. We were strong on offense, defense and special teams as well. We came out and prevailed in the end.”
Holy Cross quarterback Bryan Broussard completed 10-of-20 passes for 106 yards. With starting running back Celven Hulbert sidelined due to injury, Jaden Handy ran a team-high 16 times for 42 yards.
Jesuit scored first with a 36-yard field goal by Max Scheurich with 7:30 left in the first quarter. The kick was set up with a 30-yard run by quarterback Robert McMahon, who finished 8-of-17 for 129 yards.
Scheurich scored again in the second quarter, kicking a 44-yard field goal to put Jesuit up 6-0 with 1:44 left in the half.
The Blue Jays were in control for most of the night, and their efforts resulted in a fourth straight victory.
Both teams will have their hands full next week as Catholic League play continues.
Jesuit takes on John Curtis Christian, while Holy Cross will travel to Metairie to face Archbishop Rummel.
JES 3 3 14 8 — 28
HC 0 0 7 0 — 7
JES- Max Scheurich 36-yard kick good 3-0 7:28 left in 1st
JES- Max Scheurich 44-yard kick good 6-0 1:44 left in 2nd
JES- Luke Besh 93-yard kick return KG by Scheurich 13-0 11:46 left in 3rd
JES- Brayton Whittington 1-yard run KG by Scheurich 20-0 8:43 left in 3rd
HC – Broussard 8-yard catch on reverse play, throw by Jalen Johnson KG by Nolan Heitmeier 20-7 1:43 left in 3rd
JES- Willie Robinson 15-yard run 2-point conversion good to Luke Laforge 28-7 7:27 left in 4th
JES 9 for 57 yds.
HC 10 for 76 yds.
Willie Robinson 18 carries for 104 yards, 1 TD
Brayton Whittington 15 carries for 79 yards, 1 TD
Robert McMahon 13 carries for 34 yards
Robert McMahon 8-of-17 for 129 yards
Noah Varnado 3 catches for 83 yards
Zack Charneco 1 catch for 10 yards
Will Moran 1 catch for 8 yards
Brenden Berggren 1 catch for 16 yards
Brayton Whittington 2 catches for 12 yards
Jaden Handy 16 carries for 42 yards
Bryan Broussard 2 carries for 23 yards
Bryan Broussard 10-of-20 for 98 yards
Jalen Johnson 1 of 1 for 8 yards, 1 TD
Tyler Kirkwood 3 catches for 45 yards
Jalen Johnson 3 catches for 21 yards
Christian Calimari 3 catches for 30 yards
Bryan Broussard 1 catch for 8 yards, 1 TD
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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,…