Jays and Crusaders Will Slug It Out Under Gormley’s Friday Night Lights
Kickoff Is 7 PM for District Season Finale
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Jesuit and Brother Martin’s football teams will play for the 48th time on Friday, Nov. 6, at Tad Gormley Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m. for this regular season district finale for both teams.
Blue Jays and Crusaders, along with their faculty, will be admitted with school IDs. Pre-sale tickets ($6 for adults; $3 for children ages 6-11) will be available at Jesuit until 4 p.m. Friday. Admission tickets bought at the gate are $8 each for adults and children. Jesuit is the home team and fans will cheer for the boys in Blue and White from the Marconi side of the stadium.
The Blue Jays hold a three-game edge, 25-22, in the series rivalry and have won the last four seasons. In last year’s championship season, Jesuit won, 17-14, in what was one of those staple thrillers for the Blue Jays. The Jays defeated the Crusaders in 2013 (20-0), 2012 (31-6), and 2011 (41-3). The last time Brother Martin won was in 2010 when they pulled out a 28-27 victory.
Jesuit has won its last two games against Shaw and Franklinton to improve its overall record to 4-5. The Jays are 1-4 in District 9-5A competition, known informally as the Catholic League. The Crusaders come into the game with a 7-2 overall record and 3-2 in district play.
The Crusaders will see that Jesuit brings an ever-improving balanced offense to the annual contest. The Jays’ senior quarterback Peter Hontas has passed for 1,427 yards. He has completed 108 of 202 attempts. Hontas has thrown 12 touchdown passes, including six to wide receivers Kalija Lipscomb and four to Bryce Musso.
Jesuit’s ground attack is led by Connor Prouet, who last week against Franklinton surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He’s carried the ball 188 times for 1,033 yards, an average of 5.5 yards per carry. Prouet is also the team’s top scorer with 11 rushing touchdowns. Jesuit’s other weapon is Kai Rozas, who has 46 carries for 311 yards and one touchdown.
Jesuit’s defense is anchored by linebacker Cameron Crozier, who has 124 tackles, including 66 solos; defensive back Mark Beebe with 79 tackles, including 28 solos; lineman Zach Robert with 66 tackles, including 28 solos; and linebacker Jacob Baxter, who has 65 tackles, including 40 solos.
The Jays have had a good week of practice and are ready as ever. The outcome of the game will determine which team the Jays face in the Division 1 playoffs.