In 100th Meeting vs. Tigers, Jays Cross the Plane in Flight to 20-14 Win
The Jesuit Blue Jays soared to a 20-14 victory over Holy Cross in a historic nail-biter that marked the 100th meeting between the two teams and the 80th at Tad Gormley Stadium. Senior quarterback Grant Jordan and defensive linemen Reed Wakefield and Max Jubenville collectively sealed the game in the final two minutes.
Jordan crossed the plane of the goal line on a 6-yard run, a quarterback keeper, but only with the help of offensive lineman Max McMahon and Effy Marks, who willed Jordan’s way into the end zone. On the ensuing Holy Cross drive, the Jesuit defense made sure it was the Tigers’ final possession, knowing that a touchdown and extra point would give Holy Cross the win. On 1st and 10 Reed Wakefield hit the Tiger quarterback from the side, knocking the ball free and allowing Jubenville to recover it. The Jesuit crowd, a huge wave of blue and white, reacted with its loudest roar of the night as the defense proudly marched off the field.
And the Golden Football remains at Carrollton and Banks. The Blue Jays (3-2, 1-1) not only moved above .500 overall, but they snagged their first district win in front of approximately 16,000 witnesses. In the Rivalry series started in 1922 and with the 1937 game declared a “no contest” by the LHSAA, Jesuit improved its lead to 58-40-1!
What makes Rivalry Friday so special is not the game’s outcome but rather the event’s outcome. The festivities on Roosevelt Mall behind Tad Gormley Stadium made a great spectacle for Holy Cross and Jesuit fans, showing the unity between schools of great tradition and camaraderie. On the Jesuit side of the tailgate, the alumni cook-off was once again a huge hit. The Class of 2012 received the most votes, making them the 2019 cook-off champion. The Krewe of Rivalry Parade was outstanding, as attendees stood along the street and cheered for the bands, cheerleaders, dance teams, and alumni honorees before entering the stadium for kickoff. It is not just a game; it is an event, and this year’s may have been the best one yet.
Through the Lens…
By the Numbers…
Jesuit: 313 yards of total offense (151 rushing, 162 passing)
Holy Cross: 315 yards of total offense (90 rushing, 225 passing)
Passing: Grant Jordan, 12-24, 162 yards, 2 TD
Rushing: G. Jordan, 26-133, 1 TD; Rader Jackson, 13-14; Jordan Hughes, 2-4
Receiving: Luke LaForge, 6-89, 2 TD; Luke Besh, 3-39; Rader Jackson, 1-16, Jack Larriviere, 1-11, Presten Berggren, 1-7
Luke LaForge 11-yard pass from Grant Jordan
Aidan Corbello kick (8/8 XP)
Luke LaForge 7-yard pass from Grant Jordan
Aidan Corbello kick (9/9 XP)
Alondre Wells 5-yard pass from John Dade Wooton
Extra point good
Jaylen Johnson 44-yard pass from John Dade Wooton
Extra point good
(WATCH) QB Grant Jordan 6-yard run
Aidan Corbello kick no good (9/10 XP)
In Their Words…
“Whenever we go out to practice and through the game, everyone has a role, especially this week with all the hype and tradition that came with it,” head football coach Mark Songy said. “Our team definitely got better in the week leading up to this big game. We won’t forget the mistakes we made because there’s a serious lesson in each one of them that will make us even better.”
On the Horizon…
Jesuit resumes Catholic League play against St. Augustine on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at Tad Gormley.