State roundup: Jesuit uses strong ground game to top St. Paul’s _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Jesuit running back Conner Prouet makes a 38 yard run in the first quarter before being stopped by St. Paul's defensive back Brycen Brown while Deonte Sorapuru trails behind as they play in Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.

After a disappointing start to its season a week ago, Jesuit gave its fans a flashback to their Division I state championship run a year ago.

Behind a dominant rushing attack from junior Connor Prouet, the Blue Jays picked up their first victory of the season with a 17-14 win over St. Paul’s on Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.

After Corey Williams scored on a 1-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give St. Paul’s a 14-10 lead, Prouet helped lead the Blue Jays on a game-winning touchdown run, capping an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a game-winning 26-yard touchdown to give Jesuit the win over St. Paul’s, the 10th-ranked team in Class 5A.

With less than 30 seconds left in the game, Austin Means’ 43-yard field goal attempt, which would have tied the score, sailed wide right.

The story of the first half was the rushing attack for the Blue Jays (1-1), led by Prouet. The junior had 111 yards on 14 carries in the first half. Dominating the line of scrimmage in the first half, the Blue Jays outgained St. Paul’s 290-38.

Prouet finished the game with 258 yards on 31 carries and a pair of touchdowns.

St. Paul’s (1-1) hosts Denham Springs next week. Jesuit (1-1) will travel to face Escambia High of Pensacola, Florida.

CECILIA 33, NORTHSIDE 6: In Lafayette, Cecilia’s Bulldogs showed Friday night that they are more than Raymond Calais.

The Bulldogs got three touchdown passes from Landon Roberts and had a stifling defensive performance for the second straight week, rolling to a victory over host Northside (0-2) and giving Cecilia its first 2-0 start since the 2009 season.

Calais, who had run for 228 yards and three scores in the season-opening 28-0 win over Comeaux, finished with 129 yards and a pair of scores before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter.

BROTHER MARTIN 68, ST. STANISLAUS (MISS.) 21: Bruce Jordan-Swilling rushed 19 times for 344 yards and seven touchdowns as the Crusaders (2-0) romped to victory.

Jordan-Swilling now has 12 touchdowns in the first two games for the Crusaders (2-0), ranked No. 6 in Class 5A.

He scored five in last week’s season opening victory over Plaquemine.

McDONOGH (35) 20, SLIDELL 14: In Slidell, Cornell Washington caught a tipped pass from Sidney Wilson that turned third-and-27 into a 79-yard touchdown that was the difference in the Roneagles’ victory at McGinty Stadium.

Washington’s catch came two minutes into the second half and gave McDonogh 35 (2-0) a 20-6 lead.

But Slidell (0-2) didn’t fold. The Tigers took 17 plays and almost 10 minutes to go 69 yards for a touchdown that made it a single-possession game going into the fourth quarter. But they could never get the ball past their 29 in the final period.

LANDRY-WALKER 38, KARR 35: In New Orleans, Landry-Walker (1-1) roared to life with a 20-point fourth quarter to take an improbable victory over West Bank rival Karr in a nondistrict game Friday at Behrman Stadium.

Karr (0-2) had the ball with five minutes left, but Landry-Walker defensive lineman Kenneth Harton dropped back into a zone and picked off Karr’s Aldon Clark with 3:25 left.

On the next play, Thompson ran through several Karr defenders for a 38-yard touchdown to give his team its first lead at 32-28.