Punched in Ponchatoula: Rogue Green Wave Slaps Blue Jays
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It took eight games scattered over many years but the Green Wave of Ponchatoula finally notched a first win over the Blue Jays, 24-21, in a typical Friday night thriller on the Northshore.
The game was the season-opener for both teams (for the record, Jesuit’s Jamboree win last week and scrimmage the week before are ignored) and marked the second consecutive year the Jays have played Ponchatoula. Last year’s encounter at Tad Gormley Stadium that Jesuit won, 28-23, was not as close or nearly as exciting as Friday night’s meeting in Ponchatoula’s so-called Swamp.
The Blue Jays were, indeed, “swamped” in a plethora of uncharacteristic mistakes, miscues, penalties, and missed tackles.
“Take away one-third of the mistakes, one-third, and we win by two touchdowns,” said Coach Mark Songy. “We had enough opportunities to get it done but we end up kicking ourselves time after time.”
With a nod towards the Green Wave, Coach Songy said Ponchatoula is a good football team, but not as good as some of the teams Jesuit will play during the season.
“More mistakes like tonight and those teams are gonna stick it right to you,” he said. “If (tonight) doesn’t hurt, you’re on the wrong planet, and you’re certainly around the wrong guy.”
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