Jays to Yulman: Football Takes Down Brother Martin 28–10
Photography contributed by Jacob Reeder ’19
Last November, the Jesuit football team was heading to the busses at Tad Gormley Stadium, filled with a sense of despair that usually followed a loss that ended a season. However, On Nov. 26, 2021, the Jays (10-0) practically glided back to the busses after defeating the opponent that beat them a year ago to advance to the state title game at Yulman Stadium.
The route to defeating Brother Martin 28-10 was not easy in the early going. The Jesuit defense, which was spectacular all night, started the game off by recovering a fumble after the offense went three and out to start the contest.
During the ensuing drive, the Jays seemed to score on a double-reverse pass, but the score was called back due to an ineligible man down field. The Crusaders would go on to score on the next drive to take a seven to zero lead with less than three minutes left in the first quarter. From that point on, Jesuit came alive.
Senior quarterback Jack Larriviere has learned where to go in a tight spot when the situation calls for it. Larriviere took a long drop back and used the time given by his tremendous offensive line to find his go-to man: junior receiver Jace Larsen. Larsen used his superior route running ability to beat man coverage for a 54-yard touchdown to even the score.
Jesuit did not have to wait long for another opportunity. Junior kicker Aidan Corbello perfectly placed the kickoff after the score, and the Jays recovered. On the second play, Larriviere found Larsen again for a 40-yard score. Those two touchdowns in the span of 20 seconds helped secure a lead that Jesuit would never relinquish.
The first offensive possession of the second period produced Larriviere’s third touchdown pass. Senior running back Jaron Duplessis ran a slip screen and barreled his way into the end zone for the score.
For the rest of the night, the offense went back to their ground and pound style of attack while the defense held strong by not allowing a point in the second half. Seniors Dennis Dougherty, Joseph Barnett, Jake Cannizzaro, Andrew Besh, and junior Hunter Oufnac were all over the field and constantly applied pressure, so the crusaders never felt comfortable on offense.
Jesuit put together their best performance to shine at the biggest game of the season. Now, the state championship game awaits against Catholic of Baton Rouge on Saturday December 4, 2021, at 7 p.m. at Yulman Stadium. Jesuit last appeared in a state title game in 2014 against John Curtis and won by a score of 17-14.
Football Championship Ticket Information
The LHSAA Football Division I championship will take place on Sat. Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium. Tickets are available for $22 plus fees at www.slocaltix.com. Tickets are $25 at the gate. No cash will be accepted at the gate, only credit cards. Attendees must create an account to purchase tickets. Important: make sure to purchase a Division I ticket, not a Division III ticket, which are also available for sale.