Linemen-Led Jays Push Past St. Aug in Final Seconds, 28-21
Friday, Sept. 28: The Great American Rivalry Series game will air live at
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Unless they recover a fumble for a touchdown, the big guys up front never get their names on the score sheet. They rarely make the headlines and almost always have the dirtiest jerseys.
Jesuit’s offensive and defensive linemen, however, sealed the deal in Saturday night’s district-opening 28-21 victory over St. Augustine at Tad Gormley Stadium. Senior running back Brayton Whittington, who scored the game-winning touchdown from nine yards out, noted himself that he “followed the blockers…and they just pushed me in.” Linemen Brian Balestra, Jack Juge, Jacob Kieff, Max McMahon, and Patrick Motes were backed up by tight ends Aaron Alonzo, Zach Charneco, and Win Schibler in executing their blocking assignments on the game-winner. McMahon and Kieff, joined by Alonzo, were the first ones to add to the momentum and push Whittington past St. Aug defenders and into the end zone.
After the go-ahead score, it was Perry Ganci‘s sack on 2nd down that preserved the victory and prevented St. Aug from a miracle play. Ganci, the defensive lineman who slowed down the explosive Knights with 13 tackles and three sacks, was named NOLA.com’s Player of the Game. Jimbo Hotard added eight tackles, and sophomore safety Tripp Haddad also added a key sack.
Through the Lens…
By the Numbers…
Jesuit: 279 yards of total offense (126 rushing, 153 passing)
St. Augustine: 220 yards of total offense (99 rushing, 121 passing)
Passing: Robert McMahon, 10-17, 153 yards, 1 TD
Rushing: Willie Robinson, 9-38, 1 TD; Brayton Whittington, 11-58, 1 TD; Robert McMahon, 15-56
Receiving: Noah Varnado, 5-95; Will Moran, 1-16; Luke Besh, 3-22; Luke LaForge, 1-20, 1 TD
In Their Words…
“The 12th man was definitely there tonight,” senior running back Brayton Whittington said after the game, giving a nod to the student section. “Moments like these make me proud to come to this school. That’s what Jesuit’s all about.”
Senior quarterback Robert McMahon added complimentary words about the Blue Jay student section and fans, saying, “They give us energy all the time. When they’re all here, I love it.”
On the Horizon…
For the 99th meeting of the Great American Rivalry game, Jesuit (3-1, 1-0) will face Holy Cross on Friday night at 7:00 p.m at Tad Gormley Stadium. Click this link to see more info on the pregame festivities.