Jays Look Forward to Rivalry Game After Tough Loss
The Jesuit football team drops back to a .500 overall record (2-2, 0-1) after falling 31-7 to Brother Martin on Friday, Sept. 27 at Tad Gormley Stadium. As head football coach Mark Songy noted after the tough loss, the Jays will quickly correct “those early-game mistakes” as they look forward to a game unlike any other—the 100th meeting of Jesuit and Holy Cross.
The lone score for the Jays came in the fourth quarter. Senior quarterback Grant Jordan hit Presten Berggren on a 35-yard dart that saw Berggren drag his foot in bounds while maintaining possession of the ball. Jordan and tailback Rader Jackson showed sparks in the ground game, rushing for a combined 120 yards.
Jesuit’s defense held the Crusaders to 96 yards rushing, but Brother Martin’s quarterback put on a show passing the ball. Throwing for 211 yards and three touchdowns, the Crusaders had two 60+ yard scores in the first half and a 44-yard dagger with 9:05 left in the third quarter. Following that play, the Jays’ defense was able to prevent the opponent from scoring in the final 20 minutes of regulation. Linebackers Max Jubenville and Jimbo Hotard combined for 13 tackles, just as defensive lineman Sonny Hazard and Evan Taffaro combined for 13 tackles.
Through the Lens…
By the Numbers…
Jesuit: 282 yards of total offense (129 rushing, 153 passing)
Brother Martin: 322 yards of total offense (93 rushing, 229 passing)
Passing: Grant Jordan, 14-33, 153 YDS, TD
Rushing: Rader Jackson, 16 CAR, 70 YDS; G. Jordan, 12-46; Jordan Hughes, 6-13
Receiving: Presten Berggren, 5 REC, 70 YDS, TD; Max Milano, 5-49; Grant Moreau, 2-20; Jacob Reinhardt, 1-11, R. Jackson, 1-3
In His Words…
“That’s on me, I take the blame for that loss,” Coach Songy said humbly after the game, “and correcting errors will happen before we even hit the practice field. Meetings early this week are about making sure the players understand the magnitude of those big-play mistakes.”
He added how excited the upcoming Rivalry Game will be for the entire school. “I wish more games were like this one. It’s great for everyone—the fans, the players, alumni, parents—and as a team, we know how to stay focused, despite the hype, and keep the outside noise to a minimum. We can’t wait for this Friday’s game!”
On the Horizon…
Jesuit and Brother Martin will both continue Catholic League play on Friday. The Crusaders will host St. Augustine at Yulman Stadium at 7 p.m., while Jesuit faces Holy Cross at Tad Gormley Stadium at 7:15 p.m.