Eventually, the celebrating around Jesuit High School will die down.
Students will one day stop giving senior running back Charles Jackson a high-five when he walks down the hall.
Folks will stop saying congrats to quarterback Trey LaForge and tight end Foster Moreau and the other members of the Blue Jays, who two weeks ago helped the school claim its first state championship since 1960.
But for now …
“It’s still like a party,” Jackson said. “There’s still a glow around Jesuit. It will probably last through graduation, maybe longer. We etched our names into the walls of Jesuit. Getting that big picture in the Hall of Champions at Jesuit was a big goal for us.”
In addition to the Division I state title after beating John Curtis 17-14, the Blue Jays also finish the season ranked No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10.
“I think we certainly came out and took care of business when we needed to,” LaForge said when asked if Jesuit made its case as the city’s best team.
The Blue Jays, who finished the season 12-2, entered the playoffs ranked No. 3, right behind previously unbeaten Rummel and Destrehan.
They knocked off Rummel in the semifinals before beating John Curtis in the championship game. Curtis, by the way, finished No. 1 in the Small School rankings for a second straight season.
“To be quite honest with you, it still hasn’t hit me yet,” said coach Mark Songy, who took over the program in July. “Talking to other guys who have won state, I think it kicks in when you get some time off. But it’s gigantic for our community, and I’m really pumped up about it.
“The kids are elated, and I’m just happy to be a champion.”
Songy said what made this team special was that this team was just that: a “team.”
“These guys locked in,” said Songy, who also coached the program in the 1990’s. “They were pretty unflappable and really believed in themselves.
“They were extremely simple to coach. They were the epitome of team. Nobody was looking to make gigantic plays for themselves. They were looking to make plays for the team.”
Songy points to his senior class for its leadership.
“I always say you can have a talented football team, but unless you have a great senior class, you’re not going to get very far,” he said.
Want an example of how tough this senior class was?
Defensive tackle Hunter Robert played the championship game with a broken hand in the final three quarters.
How unselfish were they?
Some guys weren’t just rooting for Jesuit.
Jackson, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the championship game, was also rooting for Warren Easton to win the Class 4A state championship game on Saturday.
“We wanted them to win too, to help represent mid-city,” Jackson said.
But Jackson and company will settle for the first championship in more than 50 years.
“I think we are just starting to come down off our high,” said LaForge, who threw a pair of touchdowns in the title game. “School spirit around here is as high as it’s ever been. Everybody is still reminiscing on a wonderful season.”
Moreau, a senior tight end, still had a smile on his face when talking about the title Monday.
“We were glad we could bring it home for the city and the community and we were just glad we could make all of our Jesuit brothers proud,” Moreau said.
But nobody will be as the 95 members of the Jesuit football team, who staked their claim as state champions, and kings of the city.
They will be the guys you see walking around with their chests sticking out just a tad bit further than usual for the next few months.
“Yeah, it’s always good to have bragging rights,” Jackson said.
“We earned it.”