St. Augustine versus Jesuit has proven to be a football series in which one must throw out the record book, at least, according to the record book.
The Purple Knights and Blue Jays enter their 51st meeting of their series tied with 25 wins, an indication when these teams play it is anybody’s game. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at City Park’s Tad Gormley Stadium.
St. Aug is trying to get off the schneid.
The Knights (0-3) host Jesuit having lost nine straight dating to a 2-9 record from last year, despite boasting one of the area’s top players in senior quarterback Justice McCoy.
Jesuit (2-1) is nowhere near a funk, although the Blue Jays are coming off a 5-7 season.
The Blue Jays are ranked ninth in the New Orleans Advocate’s Super 10 rankings for large schools, with their lone blemish, a 13-10 loss at No. 6 St. Paul’s in Week 2.
“We’re 0-3, but our kids are working hard and keeping everything upbeat,’’ St. Augustine coach Al Jones said. “We’re keeping everything in a positive state. We just have to stop making errors and mistakes.
“We just have to keep to our guiding principles. We have to give 100 percent effort. We have to continue to do the things we need to do both on and off the field. And we have to keep believing in each other, to believe in your teammates and to keep believing in the St. Aug way.’’
The Knights entered last year’s district opener versus the Blue Jays with a similar 0-3 record before dispatching the reigning state champions, 32-20.
The Knights have played a demanding early schedule, losing to McDonogh (35) 26-19 in the opener, 36-22 to Scotlandville and a 42-20 to Landry-Walker.
“They might be the best 0-3 team in the state,’’ Songy said, “because you look at the teams they’ve played They’re a tough bunch. So it’s surprising they’re 0-3, but it’s certainly understandable given the people they’ve played.’’
McCoy, a Florida Atlantic commitment, was brilliant a year ago versus the Blue Jays, accounting for 401 yards total offensee. He completed 22 of 34 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns.
“He throws a very accurate ball, and he throws a really good catchable ball,’’ Songy said. “He’s a very tall kid (6-foot-3). I’ve watched him grow up the last three years. I’ve watched him progress. Going into the year, I thought he was the best quarterback in the league, and I still feel that way. He’s a super player, he really is.’’
Jesuit counters with a first-time starter at quarterback in junior Alex Watermeier and an offense normally tailored around running back Connor Pruiet.
Pruiet and fellow running back Kai Rozas were injured and could not finish last week’s 34-13 victory against Escambia, Florida. But Pruiet is expected back from the bruised hand that sidelined him after carrying 14 times for 69 yards with a 2-yard touchdown. Rozas is expected to miss some time after reinjuring an ankle.
Reserves Michael Torry and Willie Robinson picked up the slack with Torry carrying 15 times for a team-leading 77 yards and one touchdown as the Blue Jays totaled 215 rushing yards.
Watermeier, meanwhile completed 7 of 14 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown while being intercepted once.
“Our young running backs came in and did a terrific job. It was good to see that,’’ Songy said. “Escambia is a pretty physical football team, and they beat us up a little bit. But we’re fine. We were back to nearly 100 percent (at practice) on Monday.’’