Jays Fall Short of Easton, 14-27

Posted August 31, 2018 / Last updated September 6, 2018

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“There can be no joy of the fall without the brutal heat of June, July, and August,” famous sports writer Wright Thompson once argued.

The Jesuit football team took the heat on Thursday night, falling to home-team Warren Easton at Tad Gormley Stadium. The 27-14 season-opening defeat may sting for the Blue Jays, but their never-quit attitude was evident against a talented Eagle team that finished 10-3 last season. 

When Easton took a 14-0 lead before the first quarter horn, Jesuit’s Willie Robinson slipped through the holes just four minutes into the second quarter and spun into the end zone. Two minutes later when Easton scored again, Jesuit’s Noah Varnado found the pylon on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Robert McMahon and kept the Jays within a score at the half. This back-and-forth mentality by the offense was comforting for Blue Jay fans. And even after giving up 27 points, the defense clearly improved from last year’s opener when it surrendered 40 to the Eagles. 

Through the Lens…
View the Photo Gallery of the Jesuit-Easton Football Game

Senior wide receiver Noah Varnado reaches the ball out, crosses the pylon, and scores Jesuit’s second and final touchdown to make it a one-possession game.

By the Numbers…

Jesuit: 200 yards of total offense (97 rushing, 103 passing)
Warren Easton: 
368 yards of total offense (216 rushing, 152 passing)

Passing: Robert McMahon, 6-15, 103 YDS, 1 TD, INT.
Rushing: Willie Robinson, 7 CAR, 22 YDS, 1 TD; Brayton Whittington, 11-55; Robert McMahon, 16-25; Will Moran, 1-(-6).
Receiving: Noah Varnado, 6 REC, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Scoring Summary
Kiaeem Green 22-yard pass from Lance LeGendre (Jahmal Sam kick)
0 7
Green 5-yard pass from LeGendre (Sam kick)
0 14
Willie Robinson 6-yd run (Max Scheurich kick)
7 14
Jewell Holmes 35-yd pass from LeGendre (Sam kick)
7 21
Noah Varnado 24-yd pass from Robert McMahon (Scheurich kick)
14 21
Ashaad Clayton 28-yd run (run failed)
14 27
NONE   14 27

In His Words…

“We’re still making a few mistakes that really talented teams will exploit,” Coach Songy said after the game. “I’m still really proud of how hard we fought, and I’m not surprised by the result. This is a better team than we faced last week, so we’ll continue to expect a good fight from teams moving forward.”

On the Horizon…

While the Jays’ season opener was at Tad Gormley, it was not technically the home opener. The home opener will be played against St. Paul’s on Friday, Sept. 7, at Tad Gormley. The Wolves (0-1)  lost to Karr, 33-30 in week one.

Read More…

NOLA.com | Warren Easton 27, Jesuit 14: Lance LeGendre, Ashaad Clayton too much

TheAdvocate.com | Big-play Warren Easton holds off Jesuit in tight opener at Tad Gormley