Warren Easton had the better of the offensive stats but an opportunistic Jesuit defense helped the Blue Jays to prevail with a 13-6 victory over the Eagles in the season opener for both teams Thursday at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.
The Eagles (0-1), who lost three fumbles, came up with a costly miscue on their first possession of the game.
Easton punter Johnathan Moriano fumbled a snap from center with the Blue Jays recovering at the Eagles’ 9-yard line.
Jesuit running back Connor Prouet carried the ball four straight times, the final one coming from 2 yards out to give Jesuit a 7-0 lead that would hold up through halftime.
The Blue Jays (1-0) added to their lead on a pair of Jake Chanove field goals. The first came from 31 yards out in the third quarter and the second one from 25 yards early in the fourth quarter.
Easton’s only score came following a missed field-goal attempt by Chanove with less than six minutes remaining in the game.
The Eagles moved 80 yards, culminating in a 17-yard touchdown from Joseph Edwards to Sheldon Jones with less than five minutes remaining in the contest.
Easton had the ball for once last chance but a fumble by Edward when sacked with less than three minutes allowed Jesuit to seal the 13-6 victory.
Easton topped 100 yards passing and 150 rushing. Jesuit was held to 185 total yards, including 133 rushing.
The Eagles missed out on some scoring opportunities in the first half.
Easton reached the Jesuit 12 but Lance Legendre, who got the start at quarterback for the Eagles, was stopped short on fourth-and-5.
The Eagles reached the Jesuit 28 in the closing second of the opening half before the clock ran out on Easton.