Jesuit Coach Mark Songy said his team “left a lot of plays on the field against (St. Augustine) last week.”
The Jays left little on the field or in doubt during their 42-14 first-round Division I playoff win against St. Aug Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Sixth-seeded Jesuit moved its record to 9-2 and advances to play St. Thomas More next week.
Grinding out yardage behind its offensive line anchored with four seniors, the Jays jumped to a 21-0 lead by halftime and coasted from there. Jesuit gained 287 yards rushing on 47 carries against the Knights (4-6).
Songy said he was not surprised by the lopsided margin, but “I was surprised by the number of points we put up.”
“Things were clicking with the running game early,” he said. “We stuck with it.
“The offensive line played well again and our backs ran hard. Trey (LaForge) threw the ball well we needed it.”
Chris Mills, who scored the Jays first touchdown, gained 115 yards rushing and Charles Jackson, who had a 61-yard run in the fourth quarter, gained 103.
While building its 21-0 halftime lead, the Jays ran the ball 25 times and threw only eight passes.
Jesuit went on two trudging drives for a 14-0 lead and then used a quick strike pass after a St. Augustine short punt deep in its own territory for its third first half score.
On its second possession, Jesuit drove 67 yards in 12 plays, consuming seven minutes off the clock. LaForge threw only one pass on the drive, a third down 8-yarder that produced a first down.
Chris Mills’ 4-yard run, his seventh carry of the drive, made it 7-0.
Jesuit made it 14-0 on its next opportunity, marching 52 yards in 8 plays. LaForge scored on a 2-yard run.
Zack Robert, who forced a St. Aug. fumble earlier at the Jesuit 30, sacked Justice McCoy for a 9-yard loss and McCoy’s fourth down punt died at the Knights’ 35-yard line.
LaForge found Kalija Lipscomb streaking down on the sideline and connected for the 35-yard touchdown and the 21-point lead.
St. Augustine drove 68 yards after the second half kickoff and scored on a 17-yard pass from McCoy to Morgan.
A pair of 5-yard touchdown passes from LaForge gave the Jays a 35-6 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Jackson’s 61-yard run made it 42-6 and St. Augustine added a score in the final 90 seconds.