Blue Jays Top Tigers, 38-0, In 97th Great American Rivalry Game
By nature, coaches are seldom satisfied. However, it would be tough to quibble or cavil over anything about Jesuit’s effort against Holy Cross on Friday, Sept. 30. The Jays led 10-0 at the half and cruised to a 38-0 taming of the Tigers in the 97th Great American Rivalry game.
“We played like we’re capable of playing. When you put it all together, this is what you get,” Blue Jay coach Mark Songy told reporters after the game, referring to his team’s practice and preparation.
Senior Connor Prouet led the Jays’s ground game, carrying the ball 19 times for 83 hard-earned yards and two touchdowns. Prouet was named the game’s MVP.
Senior Denny McGinnis, making his first start at quarterback, was competent under center, completing all eight of his passes, including a 30-yard touchdown strike to running back Willie Robinson that gave Jesuit a 24-0 lead. Robinson finished with 46 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The defense sealed the deal when senior linebacker Cameron Crozier, a second team All-American, stepped in front of a Holy Cross screen pass, picked it off, and returned it 15 yards for a another Blue Jay score. An interception by senior safety Evan Loria led to an earlier Jesuit score.
Senior kicker Jack Chanove booted a 32-yard field goal and made all five of his extra points.
After Friday’s victory, the Jays lead the Rivalry Series, 56-39-1.
The Jays, who evened their district record at 1-1, return to action and Tad Gormley Stadium on Friday, November 7, to face John Curtis.
Before the action and between it, both schools honored alumni who have contributed to the Rivalry and their community. Prior to kick-off, Jesuit introduced its Distinguished Military Alumnus, LtCol Justin J. Ansel, Jr. USMC ’91. Between the first and second quarters, Jesuit recognized three members of the Class of 1956: Ronnie Gravois, Jim Moore, and the late Dick Daigre for creating and maintaining a website (www.bluejaystigers.com) that is dedicated to chronicling the Jesuit vs. Holy Cross football series. And at halftime, Jesuit honored the football state champions of 1946. Four of the nine surviving players received framed certificates: Robert Chaney, Moon Landrieu, Allan Smuck, and co-captain Joe Shirer.
Senior Josh Sauviac received Jesuit’s Scholar-Athlete award. Jacob Acosta took home the First NBC Community Service Scholarship.
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