Jays Race Past Wolves in Playoff Thriller, 21-17

Posted November 12, 2018 / Last updated November 15, 2018

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After he broke three tackles along the sideline, there was nothing but stadium seats in front of Jesuit receiver Noah Varnado as he raced to the end zone for a 66-yard game-winner. In the 8-versus-9 playoff thriller, the higher-seeded Blue Jays finished the job Saturday night at Tad Gormley Stadium with a 21-17 victory over St. Paul’s.

Channeling Sean Payton, head football coach Mark Songy was clearly ready to kick off postseason play as he called on Max Scheurich to open the game with an onside kick. The Jays would recover the kick and eventually score on their first two offensive possessions, comfortably leading 14-0 in the first nine minutes.

The next 30 minutes favored the Wolves. They scored touchdowns late in the first and third quarters and a field goal late in the fourth quarter to take a a three-point lead. It was the defense’s goal-line stand in the fourth, however, that became the deciding factor. Varnado’s score would not have been a game-winner if Jesuit’s defense had backed down when the team needed it most.

(WATCH) FOX8Live.com | Jesuit scores late to beat St. Paul’s, 21-17

Through the Lens…

Senior wide receiver Noah Varnado catches a pass along the sideline, breaks three tackles, and sprints to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown!

View the Photo Gallery of the Jesuit-St. Paul’s Football Playoff Game

By the Numbers…

Jesuit: 305 yards of total offense (195 rushing, 110 passing)
St. Paul’s: 258 
yards of total offense (86 rushing, 172 passing)

Passing: Robert McMahon, 6-11, 110 YDS, 2 TD
Rushing:Robert McMahon, 19 CAR, 103 YDS, 1 TD; Brayton Whittington, 14-61; Willie Robinson, 12-31.
Receiving: Noah Varnado, 3 REC, 84 YDS, 1 TD; Luke Besh, 2-21; Zack Charneco, 1-5, 1 TD.

Scoring Summary
Robert McMahon 17-yard run
Max Scheurich kick
7 0
Zack Charneco 5-yd pass from McMahon
Max Scheurich kick
14 0
Carter Elie 2-yd run
William Grand kick
14 7
Jack Mashburn 5-yd run
Grand kick
14 14
Grand 19-yd field goal
14 17
Noah Varnado 66 pass from McMahon
Max Scheurich kick
21 17

In His Words…

“I think (the onside kick to start the game) helped us quite a bit,” said Coach Songy. “We stole a possession from them, and we had talked about it all week. Our guys just did a great job executing it.”

“We know what kind of football program they have (at St. Paul’s) and what kind of team they are—they’re very, very explosive. All of our games the last two years have been like that. We love playing them, and I think they love playing us.”

On the Horizon…

View the 2018 LHSAA Football Playoff Bracket for Div. I

Jesuit (6-5, 3-3) will travel to Yulman Stadium to face top-seeded John Curtis in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

Read More…

NOLA.com | Jesuit 21, St. Paul’s 17: Noah Varnado makes go-ahead TD catch as Blue Jays advance in Division I

TheAdvocate.com | Jesuit follows similar script in first-round playoff win over St. Paul’s

(WATCH) FOX8Live.com | Jesuit scores late to beat St. Paul’s, 21-17