Jesuit coach Mark Songy couldn’t have asked for much more from his team in Thursday’s Hahnville jamboree. The Blue Jays were dominant from start to finish racing out to a 20-0 first half lead before finishing the job in the second half to oust Bonnabel 40-7.
“I was excited to see that and I really think we clicked everywhere,” Songy said. “We’ve got a couple of things to clean up, but our guys did what we asked them to do which was to come out and start really fast, and get faster as the game went on.”
Bonnabel actually had a bit of success on its first drive picking up a pair of first downs, but a tackle for loss and a sack, both by Ethan Branch, got the Bruins behind the sticks forcing them to punt.
The Blue Jay offense went to work immediately with three straight runs by Rader Jackson for a total of 14 yards, then Grant Jordan hit Luke Besh for a 16-yard touchdown with 9:09 left in the 15-minute first half.
Efficiency on offense became a theme for Jesuit throughout the game, particularly for Jordan who had a sensational outing going 7-of-11 for 99 yards with three touchdowns in his first start. The senior also ran in one more score on a quarterback sneak for Jesuit’s second score of the night with 6:16 to go in the opening half.
“This was awesome,” Jordan said of getting his first start. “I’ve been waiting for this for a while, the offense did great and we had a good week of practice. Bonnabel’s a great team and I know their quarterback (Torrence Bardell) and their coach (Brett Bonnaffons) and they’re great guys.
“But our offense really stepped up,” added Jordan, whose second touchdown toss covered four yards to Luke LaForge on fourth down just before the end of the first half for a 20-0 lead. “My o-line gave me some protection — I didn’t get hit one time today and that made me ecstatic. The receivers did their job today and the running backs with Rader and Jalen did their job too.”
Jesuit expected to be a physical team up front heading into the year, and Thursday was an example of the Blue Jays could look like if they continue to win their matchups in the trenches.
The offensive line — even without Air Force commitment Brian Balestra who missed the game with a knee injury — opened holes all night for running backs Jackson, Jalen Williams and Jordan Hughes.
The Blue Jays averaged 6.6 yards per tote and Williams had the longest play of the night going virtually untouched for a 57-yard touchdown in the second half.
“Our offensive line was clicking on all cylinders,” said Louisiana-Lafayette defensive line commitment Sonny Hazard. “Our center Effy Marks had a really good game. He busted Jalen open for that huge touchdown on a great double, (then) pancaked the safety and it was a beautiful play.”
That score put Jesuit on top 34-0 with 8:52 left in the game, and the Blue Jays also scored on their previous possession when LaForge hauled in a 16-yard pass from Jordan, which was his fourth and final touchdown of the night.
Jesuit’s second-team also got in on the fun piecing together an 8-play, 54-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard quarterback sneak by Jack Larriviere with 2:53 to play.
Bonnabel got on the board on its final possession with a big 40-yard run by running back Deaune Nicholas that was sandwiched in between 24 and 20-yard runs by Bardell. Nicholas got the score from one yard out with 1:23 left in the game, but that didn’t put much of a damper on what was nearly a flawless night for the Blue Jays.
“I’ve been playing here and starting for four years,” Hazard said. “But I’ve never seen a scoreboard like that and Jesuit’s doing something special this year.”
There was one other hiccup for Jesuit, though, that came on Bonnabel’s opening possession. The Bruins were just about set to run another play, but Hazard inadvertently lost his lunch — right on the football.
“The school lunch got me,” Hazard said of his bowl of jambalaya. “I usually pack my own meals and that’s something I’ll do Week 1.”
Bonnabel: 135 yards of total offense (95 rushing, 40 passing)
Jesuit: 290 yards of total offense (191 rushing, 99 passing)
Rushing: Deaune Nicholas, 9-53, 1 TD; Torrence Bardell, 15-49; Rome Fannin, 1-4; Chris Toler, 1-(-11).
Receiving: Chris Toler, 2-22; Deaune Nicholas, 3-12; Lawrence Joseph, 1-6.
Passing: Torrence Bardell, 6-14, 40 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT.
Rushing: Jalen Williams, 5-77, 1 TD; Jordan Hughes, 9-58; Rader Jackson, 10-54; Grant Jordan, 2-5, 1 TD; Jack Larriviere, 3-(-3), 1 TD.
Receiving: Luke LaForge, 3-56, 2 TDs; Luke Besh, 2-32, 1 TD; Win Schibler, 1-6; Grant Moreau, 1-5.
Passing: Grant Jordan, 7-11, 99 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT.
Jesuit — Luke Besh 16 pass from Grant Jordan (Aidan Corbello kick), 9:09, 0-7.
Jesuit — Jordan 1 run (kick blocked), 6:16, 0-13.
Jesuit — Luke LaForge 4 pass from Jordan (Corbello kick), 1:41, 0-20.
Jesuit — LaForge 16 pass from Jordan (kick failed), 10:51, 0-26.
Jesuit — Jalen Williams 57 run (Corbello kick), 8:52, 0-33.
Jesuit — Jack Larriviere 2 run (Corbello kick), 2:53, 0-40.
Bonnabel — Deaune Nicholas 1 run (Nester Perez kick), 1:23, 7-40.
NEXT UP: Jesuit travels to Terrebonne for its Week 1 matchup while Bonnabel makes the trip to Destrehan. Both games will be played Friday at 7 p.m.