Video: Jesuit rally falls short vs. potent Destrehan, 28-23
With both teams trying to get positioned for the playoffs, Destrehan and Jesuit faced off in an entertaining non-district game on Friday.
On a night where the Wildcats committed no turnovers, a pair of long touchdown plays early in the second half proved enough as Destrehan triumphed, 28-23, at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Quarterback J.R. Blood led the way for the Wildcats, connecting with wideout Quincy Brown on the 3-yard go-ahead touchdown in the first half and a 61-yard bomb for the team’s final score.
The senior quarterback completed 12-of-15 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. “This is a big win for us. We knew their defense was real good and they were everything we thought they were. I’m just happy we got the win,” Blood said.
Jesuit (5-4, 3-2) found themselves down 28-10 in third quarter, but fought back till the very end.
A 3-yard touchdown catch to Brenden Berggren from quarterback Robert McMahon made it 28-16 after the PAT was no good.
McMahon finished 21-of-34 for 227 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Jesuit then put together a 14-play, 97-yard drive on their final possession, capped by another 3-yard catch by Berggren.
The score brought the Blue Jays within 5 points with 1:21 left in the game, but the onside kick was recovered by Destrehan’s Champ Craven to end the game.
Blue Jays head coach Mark Songy wasn’t surprised by his team’s effort. “I’m really proud of our kids. It looked like we were completely out of it at 28-10 and we just kept fighting back. I gotta tell ya, I’m not surprised by that. It’s just the way we practice and our thought process in the way we work. We have a great group of kids that fight their tails off. I’m proud of them and looking forward to next week and then the playoffs.”
Destrehan (8-1, 9-0) will play undefeated rival Terrebonne next week at Destrehan Stadium which could be the Wildcats toughest battle yet.
Senior running back John Emery faced a stacked box most of the night but did break free for a 60-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. On Thursday, Emery de-committed from Georgia on Twitter and spoke about it after the game.
“I didn’t want this to happen. I wanted to commit before the season and be relieved about it, but I had to evaluate everything and make sure I commit to the right team. I’m gonna make it happen and I’m talking it over with my family. But really my main focus is trying to get a championship with my guys.”
There were only two turnovers in the game, but both committed by the Blue Jays.
In the second quarter, Jesuit fumbled a punt return that was recovered by Destrehan at the Blue Jays 5-yard line.
Two plays later, the Wildcats found the endzone on a 3-yard catch to Quincy Brown, providing Destrehan a 14-10 lead that they never returned.
Brown nabbed four grabs for 115 yards and two touchdowns on the night.
“The win was great. We practiced hard all week and we came out with the victory tonight,” Brown said.
The junior receiver talked about the long play in the second half. “He played me to my inside, so I went outside. I guess he tripped up, so I ran for the touchdown.”
Besides the big plays, Jesuits defense played well, especially Perry Ganci who made tackles all game and finished with three sacks.
Songy had high remarks for the senior defensive end. “I’ve been coaching in this game for almost 30 years and he’s one of the top ten best defensive players I’ve ever been around. He’s talented, but he certainly works at it tremendously. He’s a great kid. Our other defensive guys follow him and we love him to death. He’s capable of doing some great things.
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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,…