McDonogh 35 and Jesuit’s football teams both traveled to John Ryan Stadium on Thursday for a scrimmage to prepare for the beginning of regular season play next week.
One displayed a dominant performance on both sides of the ball, but it wasn’t the defending Division I state champions.
The Roneagles put forward an impressive performance at the Blue Jays’ practice field Thursday, running away with a 42-7 victory.
“I think we still have plenty things we need to work on, but I’m very happy with the way the guys played (Thursday),” McDonogh 35 coach Wayne Reese said. “To come out and play the way we did against a team that won state last year shows how much we’ve improved, but we still have a long way to go.”
The Roneagles were paced by an explosive performance from their first-team offense, which scored five touchdowns on the day.
McDonogh 35’s senior quarterback Sidney Wilson, who led his team to a championship in the Airo 7v7 Louisiana state championship this summer, marched the Roneagles up and down the field with ease, completing 15 of 20 passes for 196 yards and four touchdown passes.
Roneagles running back and Tulane commitment Darius May finished with 93 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown run on his first carry.
“I was really happy with the way we played offensively. Wwe were able to kind of pick up where we left off this summer, and that was important for us,” Wilson said. “We are depending on a lot of our young guys, and they made plays over the summer, but they carried that over into how they played (Thursday), which is huge for us. We’re going to need them.”
While the McDonogh 35 offense was piling up yardage, the Jesuit offense struggled.
They faced a defense expected to be one of the best in the metro area this year, and they showed just why they’ve have that reputation in Thursday’s scrimmage.
The Roneagles defense forced a three-and-out on Jesuit’s first possession, while also recovering two fumbles. Cornerback Toreano Miner returned an interception back for a touchdown on the first play of another Jesuit drive.
“I thought we were making some major strides this offseason, but I’m really disappointed with our play here (Thursday),” Jesuit coach Mark Songy said. “We were putting the ball on the ground, missing blocks and just making bad plays overall. We can’t play like that and expect to compete against a good team like 35.”
Songy added despite coming off a state championship season last year, Jesuit will need some time to grow into the team they hope to be, with only four total starters returning.
Jesuit decided to give senior quarterback Peter Hontas the start in Thursday’s scrimmage, and while he started slow, he finished 9-of-17 for 70 yards and touchdown and an interception.
The Blue Jays also split the majority of the first-team carries between junior running back Connor Prouet and sophomore Aubert Waguespack. Prouet had Jesuit’s biggest run with a 20-yard run midway through the scrimmage.
“Peter was up-and-down throughout the day, but I expect him to get better as he gains more experience,” Songy said. “The most important thing for us is that we have to start nailing some of our fundamentals down and just playing better as a team.”