Football Punts on Covid

Posted November 22, 2020 / Last updated November 22, 2020

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By Michael Paul Fine ’22, Editor in Chief

During the summer, the football season was in danger. The LHSAA was coordinating with city and state officials to find a safe and efficient way to play high school sports.

By early September, Jesuit was able to start after school practice and workouts.

Obviously, all COVID protocols continued. Students were required to wear masks on the bus to all sports functions as well as stay physically distant when possible. On October 2nd, Jesuit football finally played its first game against Helen Cox. The Jays had a fantastic start to the season with a 45-6 victory. Capacity was limited to only fifty percent, but Blue Jay Spirit was at an all-time high.

The football team also found key victories in the 101st rivalry game against Holy Cross as well as Shaw, and Hahnville. However, there were very many unconventional storylines this year.

For example, due to Covid regulations and weather, Jesuit played a game against St. Augustine on a Sunday afternoon at noon. The playoffs always bring great teams such as Rummel, Brother Martin, and John Curtis. However, Coach Scott Bairnsfather had his team ready to face the tough competition in the Catholic League this year.

The two-quarterback system, consisting of Luke LaForge ‘21 and Jack Larriviere ‘22, has worked flawlessly throughout the season. Furthermore, Luke Besh ‘21, Max Milano ‘21, and Jace Larsen ‘23 have contributed key offensive firepower. On the defensive end of the ball, Giovanni Licciardi ‘21 and Hayden Morris ‘21 provided key interceptions and pass deflections. Defensive lineman Jospeh Barnett ‘22 and Luke Carlton ‘21 supplied great run stops and sacks.

Although this year has been unconventional, Jesuit football has persevered through all challenges and put together an awesome season.