Crusader ground game runs past Wildcats
Jesuit rushes for 408 yards and improves to 2-0 in Metro play
ROCK CREEK Jesuit was Jesuit on Friday, and the results were very, very impressive.
The Crusader football team, visiting Westview in week two of the 2012 Metro League season, used its size, speed, power and depth to pound past the Wildcats 42-7 at Westview High School. The win lifted Jesuit's Metro record to 2-0 (5-1 overall) and kept it half a game behind league-leading Aloha, while the Wildcats fell to 0-2 (2-4 overall).
Foremost among the many factors helping Jesuit to victory Friday night was its massive and talented offensive line and its two main beneficiaries, running backs Joey Alfieri and Chase Morrison. Alfieri broke loose for a season-high 182 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, and Morrison followed suit with a season-high 152 yards and three TDs on 27 carries.
Our offensive line played very well and allowed Joey Alfieri and Chase Morrison to both have very good games running the ball, said Jesuit coach Ken Potter.
The Crusaders kicked off the night's scoring with a four-yard Morrison scoring run in the first quarter, then tacked on three more TDs in the second quarter to carry a 28-0 lead into halftime. In that second quarter, Buddy Webb hauled in a 34-yard touchdown pass from Elliott Nistler, Alfieri ripped off a 51-yard TD run, and Morrison cashed on from 14 yards out. Patrick Carley connected on all six of his extra point tries in the game.
The Crusaders weren't done yet either, powering home their final two scores in the third quarter to extend their lead to 42-0, the first of those another four-yard Morrison score, the second a 50-yard rumble by Alfieri.
Westview, led by quarterback Julius Rucker's 76 yards on 16 carries, added its lone score in the fourth quarter on a four-yard Rucker run.
As a team, Jesuit rushed 60 times for 408 yards, while Nistler went 3-of-11 passing for 74 yards, including two to Webb for 50 yards. Rucker connected on just 2-of-16 passes for 37 yards while the Cats rushed for 86 yards as a team.
While happy with the win, Jesuit knew that it still needed to improve for the big games yet to come, including its Friday game at Southridge (2-0, 3-3) at 7:30 p.m.
We still are making too many mental and physical mistakes, Potter said. We will need to eliminate those in order to compete with Southridge.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, play at Beaverton at 7:30 p.m. Friday.