A trip to the Florida Panhandle resulted in just another blowout win for the Jesuit Blue Jays, as quarterback Trey LaForge accounted for three TDs through the air in a 49-17 win over the Pensacola High Tigers on Friday in Pensacola.
“Pensacola has a talented football team ... that being said, I think we weren’t clicking real well in the first half,” Jesuit coach Mark Songy said. “We challenged them and I really like how they responded in the second half. We were able to keep them off track a little.
“We need to continue to play like this for district in two weeks.”
It didn’t take long for the visiting Blue Jays to strike the first blow, scoring on the fourth play from scrimmage.
Chris Mills took the handoff from LaForge and raced 59 yards to stake Jesuit out to a 7-0 lead with 10:27 left in the first quarter.
Jesuit’s defense got in on the act a little later in the quarter, pinning the Tigers deep and then forcing them to have to punt out of their own end zone.
The result was a short punt out to PHS’ own 27-yard line, giving Jesuit a short field with which to work. A few plays later, LaForge hit Foster Moreau on a 10-yard touchdown strike. The PAT by Crew Jacobs put Jesuit up 14-0.
The Tigers bounced back from that score and drove into Jesuit territory before having to settle for a 43-yard field goal by Curtis Thies, which cut the lead to 14-3.
PHS reduced that lead down to 14-10 midway through the second quarter when quarterback Slade Jarman hit DeAndra Norman on a 10-yard fade route into the corner of the end zone.
Jesuit took a 21-10 lead into the half when Hunter Robert capped off a 50-yard drive with a 2-yard run with 45.1 seconds left. PHS got the ball back and drove into Jesuit territory, but fumbled at their own 45-yard line.
The Blue Jays put the game away in the opening minute of the fourth quarter when LaForge picked up his second TD pass of the night with a 21-yarder to Kalija Lipscomb.
Just a few minutes later, the Jays went up 35-10 when LaForge tossed a 48-yard bomb to Moreau.
SHAW 44, HIGGINS 23: Shaw running back Trey Ragas ran for six touchdowns as Shaw breezed to the easy win. Ragas was a one-man wrecking crew, running for 194 yards and four TDs in the first half as Shaw jumped out to a 28-13 lead.
Daniel White passed for 181 yards and two TDs for Higgins, which dropped to 0-4 on the season. Shaw improved to 3-1 with their third straight win.
SOUTH TERREBONNE 44, BELLE CHASSE 21: Christian Wallis ran for two scores and caught a touchdown pass as South Terrebonne scored 27 points in the first half to put the game away. Wallis finished with 133 yards rushing on 17 attempts and quarterback Tyeson Verdin passed for 133 yards and two scores.
The South Terrebone defense held Belle Chasse without a pass completion and forced a pair of turnovers.
RIVERSIDE 62, ST. JAMES 32: Von Julian returned two kicks for touchdowns and Lowell Narcisse had three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Julian scored on 85 and 90 yard returns and Herb McGee had two receiving TDs and ran for another one.
NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN 26, SPRINGFIELD 21: Miguel Black had 216 rushing yards and two touchdowns, a scoring reception and an interception to lead Northlake Christian. Black scored on runs of 74 and 60 yards and caught a 9-yard scoring pass from Matt Whelan. Whelan also threw scoring passes of 52 yards to Zack Odenwald and 3 yards to Adam Riche as Northlake Christian, the ninth-ranked team in Class 2A improved to 4-0.
DESTREHAN 42, TERREBONNE 17: In Destrehan, Will Matthews scored on runs of 30 and 2 yards as Destrehan successfully opened District 7-5A play.
PONCHATOULA 35, MANDEVILLE 19: In Mandeville, Lavar Mitchell had a 10 yard interception return for a touchdown as Ponchatoula took the District 6-5A win.
PINE 42, HANNAN 28: In Pine, Devonte Pigott scored three touchdowns to lead Pine to the District 7-2A win. Pigott caught a 70-yard scoring pass and scored on runs of 4 and 24 yards.
ASSUMPTION 35, COVENANT CHRISTIAN 14: Dontrez Wiggins ran for three touchdowns as Assumption scored all its points in the first three quarters to earn the nondistrict win. Wiggins, who finished with 135 yards on 18 carries, scored on runs of 4, 6, and 58 yards.
Darren Williams tossed an 11-yard scoring pass to Melvin Young and Jordan Bell ran a fumble back 20 yards for the other Assumption scores.