Two team leaders, both defensive stalwarts.
Perry Ganci and Marc Dougherty, who have defined Jesuit grit and leadership during their prep careers each took part in National Signing Day Wednesday formally committing to their respective schools they will play for at the next level.
Ganci, a defensive end who led the Blue Jays in tackles and sacks signed with Nicholls State, while Dougherty a middle linebacker signed with Colby College in Maine.
Combined Ganci and Dougherty started for seven seasons and 77 games for the Blue Jays. Those were numbers given by Jesuit head coach Mark Songy who offered plenty of praise to his defensive leaders.
“It saddens me to see these guys off,” said Songy. To lose this type of productivity and reliability, at minimum from the head coach’s perspective it’s concerning. Yet I’m filled with confidence and hope because these guys have left us with such a great example that I’m sure has rubbed off on our younger players. Our program is stronger because Mark Dougherty and Perry ganci were such a great part of it. Without a doubt, Jesuit football will be celebrated as a class program once these guys get on their respective campuses and people start asking where they’re from.”
For Ganci, signing a National Letter of Intent comes just days before the LHSAA Wrestling State Championships in Bossier City where he will be going for a third straight individual state title. After that, it’s all football.
“I’m just strictly to football after this,” said Ganci. “I’m working on being a three-time state champion this week so hopefully all goes well and that happens but after that I’m given up wrestling and I’m all full in on football.”
Dougherty was a four-year starter at Jesuit and will be playing for Colby College in Maine.
“The coaches have been really good here about instilling leadership in all of us,” said Dougherty. “To go into a school where you’re a freshman now and you’re not a senior anymore, to be able to lead from the get-go is something I really hope to be able to do and something that Jesuit has prepared me to do. I’m happy to be going to a college that wants me and I want them as equally back.”