Jesuit Makes it Two in a Row Against Hahnville
Jesuit (4-3) marched into Tad Gormley Stadium and put on a show. No Blue Jay fan left disappointed when the final whistle blew. On senior night, the Jays took the lead early defeating Hahnville (5-2) 47-21 in a Friday night matchup.
In addition to the huge win, Jesuit history was made during the contest.
From the opening whistle, all three Jesuit units were locked in: special teams recovered a fumble, the defense forced two consecutive punts, and the offense provided a 14-0 lead all in the span of one quarter.
The two first quarter touchdowns were a sight to behold as junior Jack Larriviere connected with senior Luke Besh for a 69-yard touchdown, and senior receiver Presten Berggren executed the reverse pass to perfection by finding senior quarterback Luke LaForge for another score.
Hahnville did add a touchdown to cut the lead in half going into the second quarter, but Jesuit would not stay quiet for long.
With under 9 minutes to go in the half, senior Luke LaForge took the ball out of the running back’s belly and delivered a strike to senior Max Milano down the seam for an 89-yard touchdown reception—the longest pass completion in Jesuit history.
The 89-yard bomb broke the previous record that was set in 1954. Billy Ladner ’56, Southeastern Football hall of famer, connected with Ritchie Petitbon ’55, Louisiana Sports hall of famer and NFL champion safety, for an 88-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown against Holy Cross.
After the historic catch, senior Hayden Morris provided a timely interception seconds before the half, and the Jays, while playing well, only led 21-14.
Jesuit came out firing in the second half. The offense scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter with the help of two forced turnover-on-downs by the stellar Jay defense. Senior Jordan Hughes rushed for one, and Milano caught his second touchdown of the afternoon to extend the lead to 34-14.
The fourth quarter brought about more Jesuit scoring and the third longest reception in Jesuit history with an 86-yard touchdown throw by LaForge to Besh.
To cap of the tremendous afternoon, senior Walker Mannino recovered a muffed punt in the end zone for the final points of the contest, cementing the 47-21 win.
Besides history being made, Besh was named Offensive Player of the Week by Catholic League Sports. He finished the game with six catches for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Also, Head coach Scott Bairnsfather received NFL High School Coach of the Week for the New Orleans Saints.
LaForge and Larriviere also had big nights. LaForge finished 4-of-7 for 235 yards and three total touchdowns, and Larriviere chipped in with 139 yards in the air.
Check out Jesuit head coach Scott Bairnsfather’s post game remarks on the Crescent City podcast.
Jesuit will now look to make it three wins in a row against Rummel on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Joe Yenni Stadium.