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  Jesuit Blue Jays 2004 Season, Game-By Game:

 JESUIT SCHEDULE FOR 2004  * * * District Champions * * * 

Vic Eumont, Coach

Date   

Opponent   

Location

Time   

Score   

Comments

Record

Sat Sept 4   

Abramson

Tad Gormley   

7:30   

37-14   1-0

Sat Sept 11   

Warren Easton

Tad Gormley   

2:30 23-0   2-0

Fri Sept 17

Catholic High  Olympic (BR)

(GAME CANCELLED DUE TO IVAN)

Thurs Sept 23 Kennedy

Tad Gormley   

7:30 30-6   3-0

Sat Oct 2  

McDonogh 35

Tad Gormley   

7:30 38-0   4-0

Sat Oct 9   

St. Augustine Tad Gormley 7:30 10-7 Homecoming 5-0

Sat Oct 16   

Shaw Hoss Memstas 2:00 20-10   6-0

Sun Oct 24   

Bro. Martin

Tad Gormley   

2:30 35-7   7-0
Sat Oct 30 Rummel Joe Yenni 7:00 22-10 Jesuit Won Dist. 8-0

Sat Nov 6   

Holy Cross

Tad Gormley   

7:30   

24-21   9-0
Fri Nov 12 Southwood Tad Gormley 7:30 34-13 Playoff 10-0
Fri. Nov. 19 E. St. John E. St. John 7:00 14-6 (L) Playoff 10-1

All reports below are copyright 2004 The Times-Picayune

Jesuit Works Out Kinks in Jamboree Win


Saturday, August 28, 2004
By Bryan Lazare
Staff writer

Jesuit's new-look offense had its dress rehearsal for the upcoming season in the Tad Gormley Jamboree on Friday.

The Blue Jays displayed a variety of methods to attack opposing defenses with a 28-0 victory against McDonogh.

The defense and special teams were responsible for two of Jesuit's four touchdowns. Alex Farge intercepted Eric Burton and ran 16 yards for one of the Blue Jays' two first-half touchdowns. A 75-yard kickoff return by Philip Blancher set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Stephen Carriere in the first minute of the second half.

"We started sluggishly on offense," Jesuit coach Vic Eumont said. "We had a lot of young, nervous kids out there. We have to be multiple on offense. We are going to have to do different things."

Carriere, who also had a 1-yard touchdown run, was limited to 31 yards on 11 carries. Reserve running back Norman Roussel gained 43 yards on four second-half attempts. Quarterback Anthony Scelfo completed three of eight passes for 66 yards, with Blancher making all three receptions.

 

Jesuit Defeats Abramson , 37-14

(We missed the T-P story on this game.  However, we pick up this account from the Jesuit High School website):

In the regular season opener, the Blue Jays looked superb in knocking off Abramson 37 - 14 Saturday afternoon at Tad Gormley Stadium. The Jesuit running game was led by Stephen Carriere'06, who rushed for four touchdowns, and by Norman Roussel'05, who had nine carries for 100 yards. The ninety-degree heat and the Blue Jay defense made for a deadly combination that held Abramson to only two touchdowns and 135 total yards. The Jays take on Warren Easton next week at Tad Gormley

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Jesuit 23, Easton 0

Game keys: Jesuit quarterback Anthony Scelfo rushed for two touchdowns, including a 40-yarder after fumbling the snap out of the shotgun to lead the Blue Jays to their second victory of the season.

Notes: Easton (0-2) was held scoreless for the second consecutive game. The Eagles drove to the Jesuit 10 yard line in the third quarter before giving up the ball on downs. That led to a 12-play, 90-yard drive by Jesuit (2-0) that was capped off by Matt Dozier's two-yard touchdown run. The Blue Jays intercepted Easton quarterback Warren Matthews twice.

Top stat: Jesuit rushed for 276 yards, led by Stephen Carriere's 129 yards on 21 carries. Scelfo finished with 101 yards on seven carries.

He said it: "We had to bring more people up to the line [in the second half] to counter their big guys versus our midgets." -- Jesuit coach Vic Eumont.

Jesuit 23, Easton 0 

STATISTICS Easton Jesuit
First downs 7 15
Yards rushing 78 276
Yards passing 57 89
Total offense 135 365
Passing -- A-C-I 15-7-2 11-7-1
Punts-Avg. 4-30.3 1-33
Penalties-Yds. 2-25 10-85
Fumbles-lost 3-0 2-0
BY QUARTERS

1

2

3

4

T

Easton

0

0

0

0

0

Jesuit

3

13

7

0

23

SCORING:
J: Kruse 27 field goal
J: Scelfo 14 run (kick failed)
J: Scelfo 40 run (Kruse kick)
J: Dozier 2 run (Kruse kick)

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Jesuit 30, Kennedy 6

Game keys: Stephen Carriere ran for two first-half touchdowns in leading the Blue Jays to their third straight victory. Jesuit quarterback Anthony Scelfo had touchdown runs of 16 and 29 yards in the second half.

Notes: Despite carrying five times, Scelfo was the Blue Jays' leading rusher with 65 yards. Carriere gained 62 yards on 25 attempts. Kennedy (1-3) limited Carriere to three yards or less on 17 plays. Six of Scelfo's nine completions went to Philip Blancher. Jesuit (3-0) converted four third-down situations on its 65-yard scoring drive in the second quarter. Alex Farge intercepted two passes from Cougars quarterback Melvin Lee. An 81-yard kickoff return by Dwayne Winesberry to the Blue Jays' 3-yard line set up Kennedy's touchdown, a 5-yard run by Lee.

Top stat: The Jesuit defense sacked Lee four times and held wide receiver Jeremy Lafrance to four catches for 40 yards.

He said it: "We stopped some very talented football players from making big plays except for the kickoff return. We were still spotty in a lot of areas." -- Jesuit coach Vic Eumont.

Bryan Lazare

Jesuit 30,  Kennedy 6

STATISTICS Kenn Jes
First downs 9 20
Yards rushing 38 199
Yards passing 95 126
Total offense 133 325
Passing -- A-C-I 19-8-2 23-9-0
Punts-Avg. 4-25 2-44
Penalties-Yds. 6-50 5-40
Fumbles-lost. 2-2 1-0

 

BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 T
Kennedy 0 0 6 0 6
Jesuit 7 7 9 7 30

 

SCORING:
J: Carriere 6 run (Kruse kick)
J: Carriere 1 run (Kruse kick)
J: A. Scelfo 16 run (kick failed)
J: Kruse 25 FG
K: Lee 5 run (kick failed)
J: A. Scelfo 29 run (Kruse kick).

 

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Carriere leads Blue Jays

Jesuit RB scores four touchdowns
Sunday, October 03, 2004
By Pierce W. Huff
Staff writer

Jesuit running back Stephen Carriere rushed for 141 yards and four touchdowns to help his team remain unbeaten with a 38-0 win against McDonogh 35 on Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium.

"Stephen keeps getting better and better with each week," Jesuit coach Vic Eumont said.

Jesuit (4-0) plays St. Augustine in both teams' Catholic League opener Saturday. McDonogh 35 plays Douglass in both teams' District 8-5A opener Friday.

McDonogh 35 had 10 starters injured in its loss to John Curtis last week who did not play in Saturday's game.

Roneagles coach Wayne Reese said the injuries were no excuse for his team's loss.

"When district comes around next week, we'll muscle up enough players to be competitive," Reese said.

McDonogh 35 (3-2) played quarterbacks Jared Gourrier (leg injury), Eric St. Amand, Morris Poche and Joshua Smith, but was held to 40 yards, including 3 yards rushing.

Jesuit (4-0) took a 7-0 lead when Carriere ran up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The score capped a six-play, 32-yard drive.

The Blue Jays increased their lead to 14-0 when Carriere ran off right guard for a 1-yard touchdown with 11:19 remaining in the first half.

Jesuit's final score of the half came on a 26-yard field goal by Kyle Kruse, which made it 17-0 with 50 seconds left.

McDonogh 35 was held to minus-11 yards rushing and no passing yards in the first half.

Jesuit began the third quarter with a seven-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to take a 24-0 lead. Carriere rushed for 78 yards on five carries on the drive, including a 6-yard touchdown run up the middle.

Carriere scored his final touchdown of the game when he raced around left end on an option play and sprinted down the sidelines for a 45-yard touchdown to make the score 31-0 in the fourth quarter.

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Pierce W. Huff can be reached at phuff@timespicayune.com or (504) 826-3809.

STATISTICS,McD35,Jes McD35 JESUIT
First downs 2 14
Yards rushing 3 226
Yards passing 37 36
Total offense 40 262
Passing A-C-I 24-5-2 5-3-0
Punts-Avg. 8-29 3-33
Penalties-Yds. 5-33 5-31
Fumbles-lost 2-0 3-1
BY QUARTERS

1

2

3

4

T

McDonogh

0

0

0

0

0

Jesuit

7

10

7

14

38

SCORING
J: Carriere 3 run (Kruse kick)
J: Carriere 1 run (Kruse kick)
J: Kruse 26 FG
J: Carriere 6 run (Kruse kick)
J: Carriere 45 run (Gaudet kick)
J: Brown 3 run (Moseley kick)

 

 

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Jesuit proves expedient

Turnovers help Blue Jays defeat St. Aug
Sunday, October 10, 2004
By Pierce W. Huff
Staff writer

Jesuit scored all of its points on two turnovers by St. Augustine and held off a rally by the Purple Knights for a 10-7 victory in both teams' Catholic League opener in a torrential downpour on Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Jesuit (5-0, 1-0) scored the deciding points on a 3-yard run around left end by quarterback Anthony Scelfo on a bootleg, which made the score 10-7 in third quarter. The score came on third-and-goal and was set up when the Blue Jays' James Miceli recovered a muffed punt by St. Augustine's Roy Hall at the Purple Knights' 4-yard line.

Scelfo, a 6-foot, 185-pound senior, increased his record to 2-0 against St. Augustine as a starting quarterback. Jesuit is 3-1 against St. Augustine in Scelfo's four years on Jesuit's varsity team.

"It's always a good game (against St. Augustine), and it's always good sportsmanship," he said.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, but Jesuit took a 3-0 lead when senior Kyle Kruse hit a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter. The score was set up by a fumble recovery by Colin Guarisco at the St. Augustine 15-yard line.

"We gave them everything they had," St. Augustine coach Tyrone Payne said. "All the scores they had were off of us not being disciplined. We didn't play well offensively, but Jesuit is a good team and I give them credit."

St. Augustine (2-3, 0-1) outgained Jesuit 49 yards to 47 in the first half. St. Augustine's best chance to score came in the second quarter when it drove 29 yards in seven plays to the Jesuit 40-yard line before punting.

Jesuit's best drive of the half came in the second quarter when it drove 35 yards in nine plays to its 42-yard line before punting.

The Blue Jays started its first possession of the game at the St. Augustine 32-yard line. The drive was set up when Jesuit's James Truxillo returned the opening kickoff 18 yards to the 20 yard-line and fumbled, and teammate Jaron Villafana picked up the ball and ran 48 yards. Jesuit covered 13 yards on its first two plays for a first down at the St. Augustine 19-yard line, but lost 25 yards on the next three plays and was forced to punt.

St. Augustine began the second half with a seven-play, 73-yard touchdown drive to take a 7-3 lead. Purple Knights quarterback Rashaad Kaiser threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Renell Thomas to give the Purple Knights the lead . Kaiser was three-for-three for 46 yards on the possession.

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Pierce W. Huff can be reached at phuff@timespicayune.com or (504) 826-3809.

STATISTICS St. Aug Jesuit
First downs 12 5
Yards Rushing 22 57
Yards passing 155 49
Total offense 177 106
Passing A-C-I 32-17-0 11-7-0
Punts-Avg. 6-32 6-33
Penalties-Yds. 3-24 4-30
Fumbles-lost 5-2 3-0
BY QUARTERS

1

2

3

4

T

St. Aug

0

0

7

0

7

Jesuit

3

0

7

0

10

SCORING
J: Kruse 27 FG
St.A: Thomas 28 pass from Kaiser (Bordenade kick)
J: Scelfo 3 run (Kruse kick)

 

 

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Scelfo leads Jays past Eagles

JESUIT 20, SHAW 10
Sunday, October 17, 2004
By Bryan Lazare
Contributing writer

Shaw limited quarterback Anthony Scelfo's effectiveness for most of Jesuit's offensive snaps Saturday.

However, Scelfo was too much to handle for the Eagles on third down. Two third-down touchdown passes by Scelfo carried Jesuit to a 20-10 District 10-5A victory at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.

The victory leaves Jesuit and Brother Martin as the only teams without a loss in the district. The Blue Jays and Crusaders play one week from today.

On first- and second-down plays, Scelfo rushed for 19 yards on nine carries and completed three of nine passes for 16 yards. But when the critical third-down plays surfaced, Scelfo dominated Shaw.

On third downs, Scelfo rushed for 95 yards on three carries and completed five of 11 passes for 120 yards. The Blue Jays were 8-of-16 on third-down conversions, with Scelfo responsible for all but one of the successful plays.

"(Scelfo's) just a tough sucker," Jesuit coach Vic Eumont said. "He's the marked guy this year. He just found some ways to get us going today."

Scelfo's two plays with the most impact came in the fourth quarter with the score tied at 10. The first one prevented the Blue Jays (6-0, 2-0) from punting from deep in their territory. On third-and-three from Jesuit's 21, Scelfo ran with the ball after rolling out to pass. He eluded one tackler and carried the ball 53 yards to Shaw's 26.

"It was a boot pass," Scelfo said. "I was looking to hit (Philip) Blancher over the middle of the field. A defender overran me, and then there was nobody around."

In scoring range, the Blue Jays gained 1 yard on two plays. But the result of the third-down play was a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Baay. Kyle Kruse's conversion gave Jesuit a 17-10 lead with 8:41 remaining in the game.

"The touchdown pass came on a naked boot," Scelfo said. "I booted away from (Baay). I guess the defender lost him, because he was wide open. I just had to throw a little lob pass."

Kruse clinched the Blue Jays' victory by making a 42-yard field goal with 2:29 remaining. Jesuit linebacker Theo Smith tackled Daryl Doris for a 1-yard loss, giving the Blue Jays possession at Shaw's 45. Scelfo converted another third down, a 21-yard pass to Baay, to set up the field goal.

The Eagles (5-2, 1-1) moved 55 yards in 10 plays for their only touchdown on the first series of the game. Doris, who ran for 34 yards on the drive, scored on a 1-yard run. Jesuit tied the score on its next possession when Scelfo threw 25 yards to Blancher on third-and-four for his first touchdown pass of the season.

"It took a long time to get one," said Scelfo, who left the game briefly in the second quarter because of sickness. "That one was Blancher all the way. It was a bad pass. I threw it behind him."

Each team added a field goal in the last two minutes of the second quarter. Kruse kicked a 17-yarder for the Blue Jays before Chad Gervais kicked a 42-yarder for Shaw on the final play of the first half.

Shaw, which gained 99 yards in the second half, did not cross midfield during the last two quarters until less than two minutes remained in the game.

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Bryan Lazare can be reached at blazare@timespicayune.com or (504) 826-3405.

STATISTICS Jesuit Shaw
First downs 12 11
Yards rushing 166 113
Yards passing 136 98
Total offense 302 211
Passing -- A-C-I 20-8-1 23-12-1
Punts-Avg. 3-35 3-38
Penalties-yds. 6-46 2-19
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 T
Jesuit 7 3 0 10 20
Shaw 7 3 0 0 10
S: Doris 1 run (Gervais kick)
J: Blancher 25 pass from Scelfo (Kruse kick)
J: Kruse 17 field goal
S: Gervais 42 field goal
J: Baay 25 pass from Scelfo (Kruse kick)
J: Kruse 42 field goal.

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Carriere, defense lead Jays

JESUIT 35, BROTHER MARTIN 7
Monday, October 25, 2004
By Billy Turner
Staff Writer

Jesuit running back Stephen Carriere is learning the game as he tears through the Catholic League.

What will he be like when he gets his reads right?

On a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon at Tad Gormley Stadium, Carriere, who began to play football in the ninth grade and has started seven games at Jesuit, made a splash of his own. He ran for 150 yards to help the Blue Jays to a 35-7 victory against Brother Martin in a battle of unbeaten Catholic League teams.

Brother Martin fell to 6-1, 2-1; Jesuit is 7-0, 3-0.

"He's not flashy," Blue Jays coach Vic Eumont said of his junior running back, "but he's learning. He had a couple of plays where he made the wrong read or he would have had even more."

Carriere had a touchdown among his 18 carries, which included runs of 12, 20, 11, 16 and 15 yards, and sat out the fourth quarter.

"I'm just gaining experience each week," he said. "I guess we'll think about this one today and move on." But he admitted, "I didn't think (the outcome) would be like this."

Jesuit's defense held the league's top-scoring offense to 229 yards and one touchdown.

Brother Martin struck first on a 13-yard run by Jacob Boe. But the Blue Jays' defense, which has given up 44 points in seven games, put the clamps on Boe away after that. The Crusaders' leading runner gained 24 yards on nine carries.

Still, the Crusaders seemed to have the momentum. Then came the ensuing kickoff, which fell short to up-man Johnny Giavotella, a linebacker who haunted Brother Martin's quarterback Andrew Lair all afternoon. Giavotella twisted and turned for 64 yards. When Carriere scored from the 18 on the next play, Jesuit never looked back.

"That's the kind of great player he is," Eumont said of Giavotella. "That was a big, big play for us."

With Jesuit's defense digging in on the torn-up Gormley turf, the Blue Jays' offense was able to move on each possession, rushing for 353 yards. Quarterback Anthony Scelfo was the Blue Jays' rudder, Carriere its motor.

"He (Scelfo) always does some things I wouldn't do, but usually it works out," Eumont said.

Jesuit went 87 yards on 13 plays with Carriere getting 64. Scelfo's 9-yard touchdown pass to Philip Blancer made it 14-7.

"They took it to us on both sides of the ball," Brother Martin coach Wayde Keiser said. "They've a very, very good football team."

The game's turning point came in the second quarter. Brother Martin, down 14-7, recovered a Scelfo fumble at the Jesuit 35. But four plays netted 5 yards, and the Crusaders turned it over with five minutes remaining in the half.

On Jesuit's next possession, Scelfo went 49 yards to the Brother Martin 9 and scored two plays later to make it 21-7 at the half. Scelfo had 80 yards rushing and threw for 61.

Jesuit outscored Brother Martin 14-0 in the second half and was never challenged.

Jesuit, which has not won the league title outright since 1981, can clinch a playoff spot and a share of the district title with a victory Saturday night against Rummel.

"Rummel is a team with one loss (in the league)," Eumont said. "And we haven't done that well against Rummel."

That's the way Carriere reads it as well.

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Billy Turner can be reached at bturner@timespicayune.com or (504) 826-3406.

STATISTICS

Jesuit

BM

First downs

11

15

Yards rushing

353

156

Yards passing

61

73

Total offense

414

229

Passing -- A-C-I

8-4-1

13-4-2

Punts-Avg.

2-33

2-47.5

Penalties-yds.

8-70

5-37

Fumbles-lost

1-1

3-0

BY QUARTERS

1

2

3

4

T

Jesuit

7

14

0

14

35

BM

7

0

0

0

7

SCORING

BM: Boe 9 run (Hill kick)

J: Carriere 18 run (Kruse kick)

J: Blancher 10 pass from Scelfo (Kruse kick)

J: Scelfo 9 run (Kruse kick)

J: Scelfo 5 run (Kruse kick)

J: Zimmerman 48 run (Kruse kick).

 

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Jesuit locks up district championship

JESUIT 22, RUMMEL 10
Sunday, October 31, 2004
By Bill Bumgarner
Staff writer

Coach Vic Eumont's Jesuit Blue Jays scored 12 points on defense and 10 points on special teams to turn back Rummel 22-10 Saturday at Joe Yenni Stadium and win District 10-5A for their first outright league championship since 1981.

Holy Cross, Eumont's alma mater, stands between Jesuit (8-0, 4-0) and its first undefeated regular season in 42 years. The Tigers and Blue Jays meet Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

The Blue Jays scored 13 points in a span of one minute, four seconds of the fourth quarter to turn a 10-9 deficit into a 22-10 lead.

"Coming in, we felt special teams and defense would decide it," Eumont said. "Both have good defenses and neither team could stop the blitz."

Rummel's Chris Jones returned the second-half kickoff 99 yards to give the Raiders (5-3, 2-2) a 7-3 lead at 11:45 of the third quarter.

Following a fumble recovery by Jesuit's Alex Farge, Blue Jays kicker Kyle Kruse trimmed the Rummel lead to 7-6 with a 34-yard field goal. On the fourth play of the fourth quarter, Rummel's Paul Fournet kicked a 29-yard field goal for a 10-6 Rummel lead at 10:40. Another Kruse field goal of 32 yards pulled Jesuit to 10-9 at 8:49.

But Rummel freshman Greg Dick, subbing for injured starters Rashad Brown and Marvin Jackson, lost control of the ball on his first carry. The fumble popped into the hands of Jesuit's Theo Smith, who went 18 yards for a 16-10 lead.

On Rummel's next play from scrimmage, Jesuit's James Truxillo stepped in front of a pass by Josh Tolbert and returned the interception 35 yards for a 22-10 lead at 7:53. An end zone interception by Jesuit's Josh Romig nine plays later sealed the game.

Kruse, who missed field-goal attempts of 37 and 45 yards in the first half, gave Jesuit a 3-0 lead with a 40-yarder with 36 seconds remaining before halftime. The score was set up by a 45-yard punt return by Truxillo.

Jesuit gained 191 yards to 153 for the Raiders, but the Blue Jays had no turnovers to five for Rummel.

"Jesuit has a very good team," Rummel coach Jay Roth said. "Without turnovers, it could have been 10-9 (final score), but our offense did not do enough to win this game."

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Bill Bumgarner can be reached at bbumgarner@timespicayune.com or (504) 883-7057.

STATISTICS Jesuit Rummel
First downs 12 1 9
Yards rushing 125 69
Yards passing 66 84
Total offense 191 153
Passing -- A-C-I 17-7-0 15-7-2
Punts-Avg. 4-38 5-39
Penalties-yds. 3-30 10-63
Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-3

BY QUARTERS

1

2

3

4

T

Jesuit

0

3

3

16

22

Rummel

0

0

7

3

10

SCORING:

J: Kruse 40 field goal

R: Jones 99 kickoff return (Fournet kick)

J: Kruse 34 field goal

R: Fournet 29 field goal

J: Kruse 32 field goal

J: Smith 18 fumble return (kick failed)

J: Truxillo 35 interception return (Kruse kick).

 

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Jesuit corrals Cowboys

JESUIT 34, SOUTHWOOD 13
Saturday, November 13, 2004
By Billy Turner
Staff writer

Jesuit's defense chased cat-quick Southwood quarterback Frankie Gaston most of Friday night.

Jesuit's reward for catching Gaston enough to gain a 34-13 victory?

Now the Blue Jays travel to East St. John for the regional round of the Class 5A playoffs next week to play the Wildcats and all-everything quarterback Ryan Perrilloux. East St. John defeated St. Amant on Friday.

Jesuit's Anthony Scelfo threw for two touchdowns and 160 yards to lead the Blue Jays before he rested a bruised shoulder late in the game. He also rushed for 86 yards. Gaston rushed for 126 yards on 21 carries for Southwood. Even a leg injury barely slowed him.

"I kept telling everybody how good (Gaston) is," Blue Jays coach Vic Eumont said. "Against a guy like that, you have to get turnovers. Luckily, we made some big plays and got some turnovers in the second half."

Jesuit recovered a fumble and intercepted three passes.

Blue Jays safety Sean Cronin ensured the victory by picking up a fumble by Gaston's backup, Johnny Van Arsdale, and running 74 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown that provided the final margin of victory..

Jesuit (10-0) took the lead in the second half when Rougie O'dor found himself open, with no Southwood player within 10 yards, for a 50-yard scoring pass from Scelfo with 7:01 remaining in the third quarter. Kyle Kruse's kick gave the Blue Jays a 20-13 lead. Stephen Carriere scored from the 2 with 1:26 remaining in the third quarter to put Jesuit up 27-13.

Jesuit opened the scoring with a 39-yard run by Scelfo on its fourth play from scrimmage.

Southwood (7-4) tied it with 6:25 remaining in the half on a 2-yard run by fullback Jerrell Edwards. Jeremy Sutter's kick tied it at 7.

But Scelfo, on third-and-four from the Southwood 39, found Philip Blancher with the Blue Jays' first completion of the half for their second score. The extra-point pass failed and Jesuit led 13-7.

Jesuit, refusing to accept the six-point lead in the half's final two-minutes, drove from its 22 to the Southwood 33. On third- and-two from there, Scelfo hit Blancher with a 3-yard pass near the first-down marker, but Blancher was tackled and he fumbled. Gaston picked the ball up and went 70 yards for the score. The extra-point attempt was blocked, leaving the score 13-13 at the half.

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Billy Turner can be reached at bturner@timespicayune.com or (504) 826-3406.

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Perrilloux, Wildcats clip Jays

EAST ST. JOHN 20, JESUIT 14
Saturday, November 20, 2004
By Nakia Hogan
Contributing writer

As has been the case for most teams throughout the season, Jesuit found corralling East St. John's ballyhooed quarterback Ryan Perrilloux to be a challenge.

Perrilloux zipped by the Blue Jays' defenders for long runs. He tossed passes over their outstretched arms and into the awaiting hands of Wildcats receivers. His did it time and again, often with Jesuit players readying to slam him to the turf.

Ultimately, Perrilloux led East St. John to a 20-14 victory in a Class 5A regional playoff game Friday at Joe Keller Stadium. The Wildcats (9-3) advanced to the quarterfinals to face Evangel.

Perrilloux rushed for 220 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also completed 22 of 29 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown. His 10-yard completion to Jamal Breaux on fourth-and-five from the Blue Jays' 11 sealed the victory.

"He's unbelievable," Jesuit coach Vic Eumont said of Perrilloux. "I coached against (Philadelphia Eagles quarterback) Donovan McNabb when he was at Syracuse, and Perrilloux's just like him. He's a great player.

"We fought our tail off against him. I can't be more proud of our kids. They hung in there and tried to find a way. They just couldn't bring that sucker down."

The victory avenges a loss by the Wildcats to the Blue Jays last season in the regionals and ended what had been a perfect season for Jesuit (10-1).

The Wildcats' defense also came away with a strong performance. After yielding an average of more that three touchdowns a game during the regular season, East St. John held its second consecutive playoff opponent to 14 points.

"This was a very emotional game," Perrilloux said. "They knocked us out in the second round last year. We played hard from beginning to end. We got off to a strong start and played hard on defense."

The Wildcats scored on their first three possessions. East St. John took advantage of a short Jesuit kickoff to start the game, and quickly drove 45 yards, with Perrilloux capping the drive with an 8-yard scoring run.

East St. John increased its lead to 14-0 on a 10-yard scoring pass from Perrilloux to Joshuelle Tuesno. A 40-yard touchdown pass from Jesuit's Anthony Scelfo to Phillip Blancher cut the margin to 14-7. But minutes later, Perrilloux broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run, pushing the Wildcats' advantage to 20-7 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Scelfo scored on a 53-yard run, cutting the Blue Jays' deficit to 20-14.

"Right now we are beating all the best teams," Perrilloux said.

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Nakia Hogan can be reached at sports@timespicayune.com or (504) 826-3405.

 

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