Jays Drop Final Game to Rummel, Face Shaw in Playoff Opener

Posted November 11, 2019 / Last updated November 14, 2019

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The Jesuit High School football team took a 27-0 loss to Rummel, the undefeated District 9-5A champions, on Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium. Despite the loss, the Blue Jays (6-4, 3-3) have much to be proud of, ending their season above .500 with a 60 percent overall win rate.

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Momentum was everything as the Jays could not convert on fourth down in any of their trips to the red zone. No one can know how the game would have played out if Jesuit was able to score on the game’s exciting opening drive that was eventually stopped short at the 25-yard line. The drive was kept alive due to some trickery by head coach Mark Songy and special teams coach Kurt Werling ’91, who called a fake punt flip play from punter John Gunaldo to linebacker Dennis Dougherty (Watch). The play was executed perfectly and brought the Jays from their own 42-yard line to Rummel’s 42. Understanding the talent that Rummel has on both sides of the ball, Jesuit elected to go for a touchdown rather than kick a long field goal into the wind. For Jesuit, the half saw two drives reach field-goal range but ending with no points. Rummel scored twice in a 1-minute span, on a passing touchdown followed by a pick-six, to lead 14-0 at the horn.

By the end of the game, Rummel (10-0, 6-0) scored two defensive touchdowns while Jesuit went 0-for-4 on red zone trips. The Raiders proved why they have, without question, the best defense in the Catholic League. Seeded 6th in the upcoming LHSAA playoffs, Jesuit’s only chance of seeing No. 1 Rummel again is if both teams reach the championship.

Through the Lens…

On fourth and 2, punter John Gunaldo executes a “flip pass” to Dennis Dougherty for a gain of 26 yards and a first down!

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By the Numbers…

Season Stats (Offense)

Grant Jordan  141 – 266 – 9 int   1861       14td

Rader Jackson  122 – 380               2td
Grant Jordan  137 – 444                 10td

Luke Besh            50 – 630               7td
Luke Laforge      48 – 595               4td
Grant Moreau   20 – 251               1td

Aiden Corbello  21/24 PAT                           6 /9  (30, 23, 30, 41, 29, 29) 

Scoring Summary:      

R  –  TOUCHDOWN – Wickersham 14 yard PASS to Robertson (Vanderbrook kick GOOD)
R  –   TOUCHDOWN – Fields 17 yard INTERCEPTION return (Vanderbrook kick GOOD)
R  –   FIELD GOAL – Vanderbrook kick for 19 yards GOOD
R  –   FIELD GOAL – Vanderbrook kick for 29 yards GOOD
R  –   TOUCHDOWN – Woodrey 31 yard INTERCEPTION return (Vanderbrook kick GOOD)

In His Words…

“I think we’re fairly healthy, and we’ll bounce back,” head coach Mark Songy said when asked how he feels heading into the playoffs. “This is a resilient group. We’ve been playing some great football. We just made too many mistakes against a great, well-talented team.”

On the Horizon…

The varsity football team will host Archbishop Shaw in the first round of the state playoffs on Thursday night at Tad Gormley Stadium with kickoff set for 6:00 p.m.  Pre-sale tickets are $7.00 each for adults, students, and children (ages 6-11).  Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase at the switchboard from 7:45-3:45 Tuesday through Thursday.  All tickets purchased at the gate are $9.00 each.  Note that both student ID’s and season passes are not accepted at the gate for LHSAA playoff contests.

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