Jesuit quarterback Trey LaForge said “timing is a big part of (the Blue Jays) offense.”
Sharp timing produced four LaForge to Kalija Lipscomb touchdowns for Jesuit and a quandary for Central on Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium as the Jays pulled away to a 35-6 win.
LaForge hooked up with Lipscomb each time on a fast developing pattern that enabled Lipscomb’s to make some quick moves. LaForge and Lipscomb connected for scores of 17, 16, 12 and 14 yards.
LaForge completed 16 of 22 passes for 155 yards. Lipscomb caught eight for 97 yards and has 355 yards and six touchdown receptions through Jesuit’s first three games.
“Kalija is a great receiver,” LaForge said. “He works so hard in practice. We rely on tempo, and tonight we were able to get on top and stay on top.”
Jesuit took a 14-0 lead at halftime, utilizing an early Central turnover, a 30-yard punt return and a good defensive stand near the end of the half.
“I was happy at halftime,” Central coach Sid Edwards said. “We had played well and had (a scoring opportunity) at the end. This is a really good football team we played ... sharp ... very sharp. We stayed with them early.”
Jesuit (2-1) is sixth ranked among the Advocate’s Super 10 Large School teams in the New Orleans poll, and Central (2-1) is fifth ranked in the Baton Rouge Large School poll. Jesuit is ranked eighth in the LSWA statewide rankings.
Central’s second offensive snap of the game resulted in an interception by Jesuit’s Mark Beebe that gave Jesuit a first down at its 49. LaForge needed five plays to put the Jays ahead for good.
On the first play, he hit Lipscomb for a 23-yard gain to the Central 28. After a first down, LaForge connected with Lipscomb for a 17-yard touchdown less than three minutes into the game.
Jakirai Wiley’s 30-yard punt return started the Jays’ second TD drive. The drive was kept alive by a Hunter Robert 7-yard run on a fourth-and-one play. It ended with the 16-yard Laforge to Lipscomb touchdown.
Late in the second quarter Central drove to the Jesuit 19 with less than 50 seconds remaining. Justin Helm defended a fourth-down pass from Tyler Sansone to Terrell Chatman in the end zone, and Jesuit took over on downs.
Sansone, a converted H-back-tight end-linebacker was making his second start at quarterback for Central. He injured his collarbone and did not play in the second half.
“He played the last three or four plays (of the first half) hurt, and we didn’t know (he was hurt),” Edwards said.
With Sansone out and Jesuit dominating possession in the early stages of the third quarter, the Blue Jays pulled away.
Jesuit’s second possession of the third period was a 16-play, 81-yard drive that consumed nearly seven minutes. Lipscomb’s 17-yard quick slant produced the TD.
Jesuit moved 52 yards on its next series, needing only six plays before LaForge found Lipscomb with a 14-yard TD pass.
“Our offense was sharp,” Jesuit coach Mark Songy said. “For the second week in a row we ran the ball well, we threw it and our defense was very good.
“We are growing step-by-step.”