Football Team Seeks to Overcome First Half Obstacles
For Second Week in a Row, Scoreless First Half Too Much to Overcome – Jays Fall to John Curtis, 56-28
As the Blue Jay football team turns the halfway mark of District 9-5A competition, it is important not only to look back but also to look forward.
Looking back, the Jays have faced three of the fiercest teams in the district in St. Augustine, Holy Cross, and John Curtis. In fact, all three of these teams to whom the Jays have endured district losses boast undefeated records. The latest installment pitted the Blue Jays against the John Curtis Patriots on Friday night at the Shrine on Airline.
For the second week in a row, a scoreless first half plagued the Blue and White. A five touchdown deficit at halftime is tough for any team to overcome, but especially against the Patriots of John Curtis, who scored 35 unanswered first-half points behind the running game of sophomore quarterback Collin Guggenheim.
On the hopeful side, though, the other facet of the game that carried over for the second week in a row was the tenacity of the Blue Jays as they emerged from the locker room after the half. The Jays started the second half with 21 unanswered points of their own.
Although junior running back Willie Robinson was the first to get the Jays on the board with a 1 yard scramble in the third quarter, it was the passing game that carried the Jays through the late-game surge. Senior quarterback Alex Watermeier passed for 326 yards, improved his passing percentage to 62%, and posted three touchdowns. Two of the touchdown receptions came in the hands of junior receiver Noah Varnado, who had eight receptions for 93 yards on the night. Junior receiver Robert McMahon was the target for a third receiving touchdown in the second half. McMahon had 9 grabs for 85 yards.
On defense, Wyatt Candies led the Jays with 8 solo tackles, and standout junior Perry Ganci also put in a great performance with 6 solo tackles. Ganci also added the assist for nine other tackles.
As the Jays look forward, there are three district games that remain. Two games in the final stretch are against opponents who, like the Jays, still seek their first district win. On Friday night, the Blue Jays face a Rummel Raider team who are 1-1 in district play. The game will be played at Yulman Stadium at Tulane University. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM. Parking is available at both the Claiborne Avenue Lot and the Diboll Garage for $5. Please consult Tulane Parking and Stadium Information for more details. All fans should enter the stadium on the east side at Gate B.
The game will also be streamed live through Crescent City Sports.