Blue Jays Ready for a Battle in the Swamp of the Gators
Jesuit vs. Escambia High Game Will Be Streamed Live
The Blue Jays are eastbound for Florida’s Panhandle in Week #3 where a Friday night game against the undefeated Gators of Escambia High School in Pensacola is expected to draw a huge crowd, most of whom will be rooting for the home team.
Kickoff at McArthur Field, which the locals have dubbed the Swamp, is at 7:30 p.m. on Escambia High School’s campus. This will be the first game between the defending Louisiana state champion Blue Jays and the Gators, last year’s district winner and currently the #4 ranked team in Florida’s Class 6A. No pre-sale tickets are available for this game; admission is $6 and tickets must be purchased at the gate.
Jesuit fans can watch a live stream of the game here. The pre-game show begins at 7:15 p.m.
The Blue Jays (1-1) are coming off a thrilling, well-deserved 17-14 win over St. Paul’s of Covington. Jesuit’s opening season 26-21 loss to Warren Easton has faded from memory except for some valuable lessons learned. Last week, Escambia (3-0) defeated the Catholic High Crusaders, 35-10, although the Gators apparently didn’t play as well as had been expected, at least according to announcers from 8730 sports, which streamed the game.
The team will leave Carrollton and Banks at noon on three chartered buses. Jesuit supporters will follow a bit later, some in their own cars, others on buses, one of which will be filled with many parents of the players, while another charter — a Blue & White Spirit Bus — will be chocked full of students and the Jesuit Cheerleaders.
Last year, the Jays traveled to the Panhandle to play the Pensacola Tigers, a game won handily by Jesuit, 49-17. The game against Escambia will not be a romp in the sand but Jesuit’s toughest test to date. The Gators like to use the triple option on offense and their defense is exceptionally fast.
“They’re a good-looking team with a mixture of talent and size and they have exceptional speed on defense,” said Coach Mark Songy, adding that Escambia is undefeated and, therefore, pretty confident.
“We’ve been very inconsistent so far,” he continued. “What I’d like to see us come away with this weekend is, of course, a win. More importantly, I’d like to know more about our team. I’d like us to start playing consistent football because we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot. We’re capable of beating both of the opponents we’ve played, and one of them we did. We’re capable of beating Escambia but we’ve got to do so many things right and stop doing a lot of things wrong where we have to pay for the same thing twice. If we can grow up in that direction, where we’re not committing self-inflicted damage, I’d be happy to see that.”
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