Before Friday night’s matchup against Jesuit, East Jefferson coach Marc Martin praised both:
a) the effectiveness of the Jays’ offensive line
b) and the efficiency of their offense.
During Friday night’s first half against East Jefferson, Jesuit (4-1) answered with both of the above.
The Jays scored touchdowns on each of their six first-half possessions, raced out to 40-0 halftime lead and then coasted to a 40-14 victory Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Jesuit quarterback Trey Laforge played only one half, completing 13 of 19 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Chris Mills gained 93 yards on only eight carries, also all in the first half.
Jesuit, the No. 6 ranked team in both the LSWA statewide 5-A poll and in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 Large School rankings, won its fourth straight game.
East Jefferson, the defending state 4-A champions, fell to 2-3.
Before the Warriors mustered a first down, Jesuit had scored three touchdowns and raced to a 19-0 first quarter lead.
“We got off to the kind of start (a coach) likes to get off to,” Jesuit coach Mark Songy said.
“We put together a couple of good drives and then were fortunate enough to take the ball away a couple of times.”
The Jays drove 72 yards in 11 plays on the game’s first possession, and Michael McMahon scored the first of his two first-half touchdowns with a 3-yard run. The extra point was wide, and the Jays had a 6-0 lead with less than five minutes expired.
After the Warriors ran three plays and punted, Jesuit’s Mills turned in runs of 16, 9 and 26 yards as the Jays moved 68 yards in six plays.
Mills scored from 26 yards. After the 2-point pass failed, the Jays led 12-0.
Fumbles by the Warriors led to the next two scores.
Jesuit’s Dillon Knight gathered in a fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the EJ 21-yard line. Defensive tackle Hunter Robert, who plays as a fullback on short yardage plays, bulled in from the one, making it 19-0.
On the first play after the kickoff, Jakirai Wiley got the ball back for the Jays, recovering a fumble at the 23. LaForge found Moreau for a 7-yard TD pass and a 26-0 lead less than 90 seconds into the second quarter.
Jesuit scored twice in the final 2:35 of the half. LaForge connected on passes of 12, 30 and 40 as the Jays needed only six plays to cover 83 yards and make it 33-0.
A short punt gave Jesuit a first down at the EJ 47 with 1:01 remaining. LaForge and Mills covered the final 30 yards on another touchdown pass as the halftime horn sounded. Jesuit led 40-0.
“I was very happy with the way we played in the first half,” Songy said. “We were able to play some younger kids in the second half.”
East Jefferson scored twice in the second half. Morris Sarah finished off the Warriors’ first possession of the second half with a 2-yard TD run that capped a 74-yard, 16 play drive. Sarah rushed for 60 yards on 14 carries.
Kalib Brown added a 16-yard run in fourth quarter.