|2013 Varsity Football Team|
Week 2: Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Showcase
Nightmare Under the Dome: Blue Jays Experience Friday the 13th Against St. Paul’s as Outcome of Game Decided on a Controversial Play in Final Seconds
The Blue Jays take the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday, September 13. The Jesuit - St. Paul’s game was the
first of a doubleheader in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Showcase.
St. Paul’s kicked a field goal with four seconds remaining to defeat Jesuit, 24-21, in a heart-stopping opening game of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Showcase on Friday, September 13. The winning field goal by the Wolves is already mired in controversy. (See the link below to the article on Nola.com.)
The Blue Jays take to the road on Friday, September 20 to play Central High School of Baton Rouge. Kickoff is 7 p.m. with a Blue Jay tailgate party beginning at 5 p.m. outside Wildcat Stadium.
Under the Dome: Blue Jays and Wolves to Meet on Friday, September 13 in a Super Gridiron Clash in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Showcase
Senior defenders Jack Hebert (95) and Brad Davis (90) pressured the Green Wave quarterback last week and are expected to help lead the Jesuit defense against the Wolves in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday.
The Blue Jays will play the Wolves of St. Paul’s on Friday, September 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Showcase is 6 p.m.
Friday is a Blue & White Day. Blue Jays may wear collared shirts that are blue, white, or blue and white,
or they may wear a Jesuit logo t-shirt.
Pre-sale tickets for the Jesuit-St. Paul’s game are $12 each for adults, students, and children. Tickets will be on sale Friday at the switchboard from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and in the Student Commons during lunch. All tickets purchased at the Superdome are $15 each. Student and faculty IDs, as well as season passes, will NOT be accepted at the gate.
The tailgate for the Jesuit - St. Paul’s football game will start at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The theme for the game is the “El Switcho.” This means that blue shirts will be worn for the first half of the game; white shirts for the second half. So, wear a blue shirt to the game and bring a white shirt to switch into for the second half.
WWL Radio will broadcast the Jesuit - St. Paul’s game with live play-by-play streamed online and accessible via computer or any mobile device. The broadcast starts at 5:40 p.m. and can be heard by clicking the link below:
Look for the large green LISTEN LIVE link. Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J., president of Jesuit, will be the halftime guest interview.
The game will be available only online and will NOT be broadcast on WWL-870 AM or WWL-105.3 FM. However, the game will be archived and available for listening on demand. Look for the archive link on the WWL Prep Sports web site.
Blue Jays Encounter Rough Surf, But Tame the Green Wave, 28-23
Junior defensive back Dillon Knight had two interceptions, including this one that he ran back for a touchdown against
Ponchatoula on Friday night (September 6) at Tad Gormley Stadium.
It was surf and turf night at Tad Gormley Stadium as the Blue Jays rode the Green Wave of Ponchatoula for a season opening win, 28-23. Scoring for the Jays were senior wide receiver Nathan Zimmer, junior running backs Malcolm Ben and Michael McMahon, and junior defensive back Dillon Knight, who intercepted a pass and ran it back 50 yards for a TD.
The Jays play the Wolves of St. Paul’s next Friday evening (September 13) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Blue Jays Open Non-District Play by Welcoming the Green Wave of Ponchatoula to Tad Gormley Stadium on Friday, September 6
Trey LaForge scrambles against Grace King in last week’s Bonnabel Jamboree.
The Green Wave surfs into town on Friday evening, September 6 to play the Blue Jays on the artificial turf at Tad Gormley Stadium. This special surf and turf kicks off at 7 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets are priced at $6 each for adults and students. All tickets purchased at the gate are $8. Pre-sale tickets are available at the switchboard from 7:40 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and in the Student Commons during lunch. Student IDs will not be accepted at the gate. However, faculty and staff IDs will be accepted at the gate. A spouse or guest also will be permitted free admission with faculty or staff ID.
The non-district game between Jesuit and Ponchatoula will be broadcast on WRBH Radio. Sportscaster and Blue Jay alumnus Danny Riehm ’00 will handle the play-by-play and former Jesuit coach Mark Songy will be right next to him to provide analysis and color commentary. The pre-game program starts at 6:40 p.m. Halftime guest will be Mark Cousins, a 1974 Blue Jay alumnus who is serving as chairman of this year’s Parents’ Annual Giving drive.
Jesuit Routs the Fighting Irish in the Bonnabel Jamboree, 44-14
Senior wide receiver Daron Wilford hurdles the Irish to gain extra yardage against Grace King in
the Bonnabel Jamboree on Thursday afternoon, August 29 at Joe Yenni Stadium.
Jesuit’s 2013 football season is underway. The Blue Jays seemingly scored at will against the Irish of Grace King in the Bonnabel Jamboree on Thursday, August 29. Jesuit put up six touchdowns, three in each half (15 minutes). Throw in a safety and six extra points by sophomore kicker Crew Jacobs and by the time the sun was setting, the Jays had routed the Irish, 44-14.
Junior quarterbacks Trey LaForge and Thomas Marks shared the duties with each throwing for a touchdown. Junior running backs Chris Mills and Malcolm Ben each rushed for a pair of TDs and senior wide receiver Nathan Zimmer hauled in a 15-yard scoring strike. Sophomore running back Ro Harper added the final TD with a five-yard scamper around end.
Jesuit’s defense performed well and held the Irish to a couple of TDs, one early and one late in the game. Coach Wayde Keiser ’78, who views the Jamboree as a “dress rehearsal” for the rest of the 2013 season, said he was pleased with the team’s performance.
“We did some things well and some things we didn't do so well," said Coach Keiser. “There is lots of room for improvement.”
The Jays play Ponchatoula High School next Friday (September 6) at Tad Gormley Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m. Jesuit’s first five games are against non-district opponents. The first district game is against Holy Cross on October 11.
The 2013 Blue Jays sing the Alma Mater after the game.
In a Dress Rehearsal for the 2013 Football Season, Blue Jays Play the Irish of Grace King at the Bonnabel Jamboree
Seniors Jack Hebert (95) and Jimmy Mickler (53) will be counted upon heavily to lead the Jays on defense during the 2013 season.
The photo above is from the 2012 Jesuit-John Ehret game when the two players were juniors.
The 2013 football season kicks off at Joe Yenni Stadium on Thursday afternoon, August 29, at 5:30 p.m. for the Jesuit Blue Jays.
The Jays are playing the Grace King Irish in the Bonnabel Jamboree, which the team has traditionally participated in at the start of the past several seasons. Coach Wayde Keiser likens the Jamboree to a “dress rehearsal” for the rest of the 2013 season.
This year, the old Catholic League has been stitched back together, and the 9-5A district includes Jesuit, Holy Cross, St. Augustine, Brother Martin, Archbishop Rummel, and Archbishop Shaw.
Player and Coach Reunite to Promote Renewal of Jesuit vs. Pensacola Football Rivalry
Head football coach Wayde Keiser ’78 recently visited with his former Jesuit coach, Billy Murphy, at a news conference at Pensacola High School where it was announced that the two schools would be renewing their long-dormant
rivalry over the next two seasons.
The Blue Jays and the Pensacola Tigers, fierce interstate rivals in 17 games played from 1946-1966, are rekindling their gridiron relationship this season. The two schools play each other on Friday, September 27 at Tad Gormley Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Next year, the Jays reciprocate by traveling to the land of the Tigers.
Jesuit leads the series, 11-6. But two of Jesuit’s losses were severe blows. The Jays lost only one game during each of their 1953 and 1960 state championship seasons. Both losses were dealt by the Tigers.
At a news conference on July 26, 2013, Jesuit head football coach Wayde Keiser ’78 joined his counterpart at Pensacola High School — along with many of the Tiger alumni who played against the boys in blue and white — to promote the upcoming season’s game. Former Jesuit football coach Billy Murphy, who lives in Pensacola, was there to welcome his former player. Murphy coached the Blue Jays from 1975-1983.
Prior to this year’s game, a reception will be held for Jesuit and Pensacola players, coaches, band members, or cheerleaders who participated in the rivalry. The event in the Student Commons will be hosted by Jesuit’s office of institutional advancement.
The Blue Jays will scrimmage McDonogh #35 on Thursday, August 22 at 5 p.m. at Tad Gormley Stadium. On Thursday, August 29, the Jays will participate in the Bonnabel Jamboree by playing the Grace King Irish at 5:30 p.m. at Joe Yenni Stadium. The regular season for the Jays begins against the Ponchatoula Greenies on Friday, September 6 at Tad Gormley Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Blue Jay Football Players Lend a Hand with Special Olympians in Hammond
Twenty-four Jesuit football players including from left: Andrew Mieras, Brodrick Bazanac, Henry Creel, and Jacob Theriot — all rising sophomores — assisted
with the Special Olympics State Games on Saturday, May 25. The event is
held on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
Head coach Wayde Keiser ’78 and linebacker coach Darryl Roule
accompanied the student-athletes. It was Coach Keiser’s
seventh service trip to SLU.
In Spring Practice Game, Blue Jays Put on a Show, But Have a Long Way to Go
Photo by Mike McMahon ’85
Rising senior tailback Charles Jackson (7) takes a handoff from quarterback
Trey LaForge in a spring practice game the Jays played at Tad Gormley
Stadium on Tuesday, May 14 against Northshore.
A spring practice game that Jesuit played on Tuesday, May 14 against the Northshore Panthers yielded a variety of reactions — not all of them wrapped in grimaces and frowns — from Blue Jay head coach Wayde Keiser ’78.
One of the more positive outcomes from the two-hour glorified scrimmage was rising senior tailback Charles Jackson, whose hard running was duly noted by the coaches as well as the parents in the spectators’ gallery. Jackson finished with 68 yards rushing and an additional 48 yards in receptions.
Trey LaForge, the Blue Jays’ rising senior quarterback, completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Zimmer, another rising senior, during the timed period of the game. LaForge threw for more than 150 yards.
“We did some things well and found some areas where we need work,” said Keiser at the conclusion of the game. “That is what spring training is all about. If we’re going to compete in the fall, we’re going to have to get better, and with hard work this summer, we will.”