Jesuit celebrates first Catholic League championship in a decade, toppling Rummel | Preparation sports
One by one, the Jesuit football players finished their post-match handshakes and walked the width of the pitch so they could celebrate with the big blue crowd in the front rows of the grandstand at Tad Gormley Stadium.
These players and students had something they could celebrate together – an outright Catholic League Championship, the school’s first since 2011.
Jesuit cemented the feat on Friday with a 35-10 win over Rummel, a win that included five takeaways on the defense and ball control offense that kept the Jesuits in possession for most of the second. half time.
Senior quarterback Jack Larriviere ran 20 times for 88 yards and three touchdowns. He also completed five of his six 52-yard pass attempts, including a 17-yard pass off junior Jace Larsen near the left pylon on the goal line.
“That’s the goal,” Larrivière said of the District 9-5A championship. “We didn’t know how we would get there. We knew we would trust our coaches and they would get us to the right place. It just happened like that. “
The victory put Jesuit (8-0, 6-0 District 9-5A) a step ahead of John Curtis in the Catholic League standings, which was significantly altered two weeks ago by a decision of the LHSAA calling on Brother Martin to forgo the first five wins in what would otherwise still be an unbeaten season.
Among these forfeits was a game the Jesuits lost to Brother Martin in three overtime.
“We’re going to win the Catholic League title because we played really well,” Manale said. “But I know there was a Week 2 game that was a battle, that tripled in overtime, so I can’t take the credit away from them either. I am very proud of our football team. Very proud of our performance in the championship.
Rummel’s first two turnovers gave the Jesuit a good position on the pitch before scoring his first two touchdowns for a 14-0 lead.
Rummel (5-3, 3-3) drew 14-7 when senior Tyronne Hayes scored on a 2-yard run that capped an 11-game drive that included five first downs. Junior Casey Avrard made several short passes on the drive, and he completed 10 of 15 passes for 97 yards.
“I thought we fought better than we have over the past few weeks,” Rummel coach Nick Monica said of his stoned squad. “We just need to perform better and take care of the football. “
Jesuit dominated the second half with three long possessions, one of which ended in a turn-over on downs. The other two ended with touchdowns, including a one-yard run by junior Henry Reinhardt in the fourth quarter.
Jesuit won against Rummel for the first time since 2014 in the playoffs. The Jesuits’ last regular season victory over Rummel dates back to 2011.
The next step for the Jesuits will be a pass to the Division I playoff quarter-finals. The Blue Jays are almost guaranteed to have a top-four finish in the power odds that are used to determine heads. series in the playoffs.
The remaining eight teams will play next week in the first round of the playoffs. Rummel will learn his opponent in the first round on Sunday when the LHSAA released all selected and unselected media.