Country Day came into Friday’s nondistrict game against Pope John Paul II having outscored its first four opponents by a 217-28 margin.
The incredible run continued against the Jaguars.
Country Day raced to a 49-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 63-0 win on PJP’s homecoming night at Lester Latino Field in Slidell.
Jase Griffin was the prime catalyst for the Cajuns. He rushed 12 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns, caught three balls for 68 yards and two scores, returned an interception for a touchdown and recovered a fumble.
Griffin said he wasn’t worried about his stats; impressive as they were.
“The whole team was impressive,” he said. “I’m happy with the win. Five-and-O is really all that matters. We’re ready for next week.”
Pope John Paul II (1-4) seemed to have the Country Day offense where it wanted on the opening drive: facing a fourth down-and-long situation. But the Cajuns went for it, and converted with a 26-yard pass from Christian Kerut to Griffin in the right corner of the sideline.
The ensuing PAT made the score 7-0 with 7:56 to go in the first.
Country Day (5-0) didn’t wait long to increase its lead. On the first play on the Cajuns’ following possession, Griffin ran around left end untouched for a 47-yard score. On first down on PJP’s next possession, Charlie Livaudais intercepted David Doane and ran for a 25-yard touchdown. Livaudais kicked his third PAT of the evening, and the lead increased.
A further big blow came with :16 in the first when Kerut found Griffin again on a short screen. The speedy senior broke free along the right side and scored his third touchdown from 36 yards out.
Country Day led 28-0 at the end of the first. The Cajuns began substituting players liberally midway through the third quarter.
Griffin intercepted the first pass of the second quarter and ran it back 20 yards for a score — his fourth of the game. He added a 5-yard scoring run after recovering a fumble only a moment later, and tacked on his sixth score from 47 yards out with 2:12 to go in the half.
“That’s kind of what we expect out of him every week, and he shows up for us,” Country Day coach Joe Chango said. “But we had a lot of other kids step up and play great supporting roles. If you decide you want to take him away, we have other kids who can hurt you.”
The Cajuns scored once in both the third and fourth quarter — on a 71-yard pass from Kerut to Trey Harrell and on a 44-yard strike from Christian Becnel to Price Petagna.
PJP was limited to 137 yards of total offense against the Cajuns.