Jesuit Thrashes Holy Cross in a Rambunctious Rumpus of a Rivalry
Jays Display Dazzling Offense and Stingy Defense Schemes in Besting Holy Cross, 56-14
It wasn’t even close this 95th football game featuring Jesuit and its crosstown rival Holy Cross.
Once again, the Jays started strong, gathering the opening kickoff Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium and methodically marching down the field. The Blue Jays presented an offensive kaleidoscope that kept the Tigers dazed and confused, on the prowl.
At the end of the first quarter, the Jays were up by two touchdowns, 14-0. In the second quarter, Jesuit had just about shocked everyone, including their own fans, by scoring three TDs, giving the Jays a commanding 35-0 lead heading into the locker room.
While Holy Cross scored twice in the second half, the Jays tallied three additional touchdowns.
Here is how Jesuit scored:
The game was four minutes old when senior running back Charles Jackson burst through the line and darted into the end zone from 18 yards out for Jesuit’s first touchdown, which was also the first of three he would eventually score.
Junior wide receiver Malachi Hull caught a short Trey LaForge pass around mid-field and after covering about five yards, he fumbled. As fate would have it, the ball bounced back in his arms and this time, he made it to the end zone.
In the second quarter, fullback Hunt Robert took a handoff from Trey LaForge and dashed up the middle for a 30-yard touchdown.
Wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb caught a 30-yard pass in the end zone for the Jays’ fourth TD.
The fifth touchdown came as time expired in the first half. Quarterback LaForge rolled left and sprinted 11 yards, diving into the end zone from the two-yard line and taking a monstrous hit in the process.
In the second half, Charles Jackson scored twice on runs of four yards and 23 yards. The final TD was tallied by reserve quarterback Peter Hontas, who sneaked into the end zone from the one. Crew Jacobs hit seven PATs and Christopher Freibert kicked the final one.
News media covering the game voted Jesuit quarterback Trey LaForge as this year’s Most Valuable Player. In addition to running for a TD, LaForge completed 14 of 18 passes for 236 yards. Two of his passes were for touchdowns.
“We had a great week of preparation,” LaForge said after the game. “It all goes back to the offensive line which has lots of experience. We’re as good as we want to be.”
Unfortunately, the Jays lost their second senior for the remainder of the season. Moments after the stadium announcer informed the crowd that fullback Michael McMahon was the winner of a scholar-athlete scholarship, the senior sustained a serious ankle injury and was helped off the field by Jesuit’s athletic trainers. (The other senior still on crutches is Shawn Walsh, who dislocated his ankle in the Jesuit – St. Paul’s game.)
Jesuit has a 55-38-1 record playing Holy Cross. With Friday’s win, the Golden Football trophy moves back to Carrollton and Banks. It had been on display at Holy Cross during the past year by virtue of the Tigers’ 16-13 win last season.
N.O. Advocate: Jesuit routs Holy Cross in District 9-5A opener