Sophomore quarterback Collin Guggenheim staked John Curtis to an insurmountable first-half lead. And, when Jesuit showed fight in the second half, he stemmed the tide with a 75-yard run.
Guggenheim rushed for 186 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries, as the Patriots took a 56-28 District 9-5A victory Friday night at the Shrine on Airline.
Curtis (5-1), ranked No. 2 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association's Class 5A poll, moved to 2-0 in district heading into next week's game against St. Augustine. Jesuit is 1-5, 1-0.
“The O-line just gave me very good holes to run through,” Guggenheim said. “I have to give credit to them. (Jesuit's) tackle was inside a little bit, so we just down-blocked and let the running back run the outside veer, and it was my read to keep the ball.”
Jesuit trailed 35-0 at halftime but stormed back with 21 consecutive points. That's when Guggenheim broke off his game-sealing long run.
“I just needed to get something going for the team,” he said. “We had not really been executing in the third and fourth quarters this season. We have to start doing a better job of that.”
Blue Jays coach Mark Songy said his team needs to get off to better starts.
“We didn't change much (at halftime),” Songy said. “They just started playing better. We played better in the second half, but it's too little, too late. The last two weeks, we started off ballgames like we're in another world, and I don't know how to correct that.”
Jesuit quarterback Alex Watermeier was 16 of 27 for 207 yards and three touchdowns in the second half. However, he was intercepted twice by Curtis cornerback Brandon Davis, who returned the second one 46 yards for a touchdown.
Curtis ran roughshod over the Blue Jays in building a 35-0 lead. Guggenheim had 99 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries. His scoring runs were of 31, 3 and four yards as he staked the Patriots to a 21-0 lead by 8:59 of the second quarter.
“Obviously, he executed our option well,” Patriots coach J.T. Curtis said. “He made nice reads and obviously mad nice runs. We have to be able to do that if we're going to compete in the district and make a run in the playoffs.
“(Jesuit) threw and caught the ball extremely well in the second half. The quarterback threw well, and he had pretty good protection. They play like that, and they give people trouble.”
Curtis gained possession at the Blue Jays' 47 following a punt. Malik Wells burst 30 yards to the 12, and two plays later Ma'khi Smith ran 7 yards up the middle for a 28-0 lead at 6:03 before halftime.
On the Patriots' next possesion, Donnell Jones, a senior, took over at quarterback. One play after being sacked for a 17-yard loss at the Curtis 39, Jones completed a screen pass to Darryan Washington, who weaved through the Jesuit defense for a 61-yard touchdown with 2:46 left before halftime.
The Patriots rolled up 297 yards total offense in the half- 180 rushing and 117 passing.
Jesuit had 151 yards, but 71 of it came on its final drive of the half on the passing of Watermeier after Washington's score. Watermeier was 6-of-8 on the drive and finished 13-of-18 for 123 yards.