Jesuit Defense a “Hazard” for St. Aug as Jays Win, 37-21
Quarterback Grant Jordan and defensive lineman Sonny Hazard were named team captains for a few reasons. One is that they are leaders by example. And though stats don’t always tell the whole story, they did in Jesuit’s 37-21 district win over St. Augustine on Saturday night at Tad Gormley Stadium. Jordan’s offense was smooth-sailing, scoring early and often in both halves; Hazard’s defense posed problems for the Purple Knights and created opportunities for the Jays’ offense to keep pressing in the second half. It was a perfectly balanced victory.
There was also balance within the Jesuit offense, which compiled 361 total yards, as a good mix of run and pass kept the Knights guessing. In the second quarter sophomore Jack Larriviere caught his first touchdown of the year, and junior Luke LaForge grabbed his fourth TD of the year in the third quarter. Jordan accounted for four touchdowns, two in the air and two on the ground, and was named the Raising Cane’s Player of the Game. FOX8Live.com announced Jordan is one of three Players of The Week recognized for FOX 8’s Player of the Week Contest. Vote here.
Two of Jesuit’s four scoring drives came after three-and-out situations, which shows how the defense held St. Augustine to less than 200 total yards. The offense came close to scoring its fifth touchdown in the fourth quarter but ended the drive attempting a field goal, which was tipped and missed. This placed St. Aug at their own 10-yard line. After a few short-yardage plays, the defensive line buckled down. Sonny Hazard hurried the quarterback and almost sacked him for a safety. Two plays later, Hazard had a free lane to pick up a sack but decided to eye down the quarterback who was looking his direction. In the most exciting play of the game, Hazard intercepted the pass, broke an attempted tackle, and ran 11 yards into the end zone! This play sealed the game.
Hazard ended the game with five tackles and a sack. Linebacker Jimbo Hotard, another team captain, led the defense with eight tackles.
Through the Lens…
By the Numbers…
Jesuit: 363 yards of total offense (167 rushing, 196 passing)
St. Augustine: 363 yards of total offense (167 rushing, 196 passing)
Passing: Grant Jordan, 14-17, 196 yards, 2 TDs
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Rushing: Rader Jackson, 18-74; Grant Jordan, 14-56, 2 TDs; Jordan Hughes, 6-26; Jalen Williams, 4-11.
Receiving: Luke Besh, 6-88; Grant Moreau, 4-66; Luke LaForge, 3-40, 1 TD; Jack Larriviere, 1-2, 1 TD.
In Their Words…
“I was very pleased with our effort,” head football coach Mark Songy said. “The the thing I was most pleased with was how we came out of halftime. For the last five weeks we haven’t come out of halftime real well, but this week I think we came out and took control of the game.”
On the Horizon…
Jesuit (4-2, 2-1) resumes Catholic League play on Friday, Oct. 18, against undefeated John Curtis (6-0, 2-0), who has won 21 straight Catholic League games. The Jays and Patriots kick off at 7 p.m. at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium. Click this link for stadium/parking info: Tulane Stadium/Parking Guide.