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Jesuit does everything right to beat Aloha 56-13


The Crusaders throw it, run it, and contain Aloha tailback Tyner

BEAVERTON — The Jesuit football did what no one else in the state had been able to do.

Indeed, the No. 8 Crusaders did what no one thought was possible — they slowed down Aloha star tailback Thomas Tyner.

Jesuit, hosting the third-ranked Aloha Warriors on Friday night at Jesuit High School, limited Tyner to 100 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, and that effort — along with its most complete offensive performance of the year — lifted the Crusaders to an overwhelming 56-13 victory.

by: MILES VANCE - SCORE AND SOAR - Jesuit tight end Henry Mondeaux (left) and lineman Ryan Brown celebrate one of Mondeaux's two touchdowns in his teams 56-13 Metro League home win over Aloha on Friday.

The win lifted Jesuit's Metro League record to 3-1 (6-2 overall) and gives the Crusaders a shot at a piece of the 2012 league crown if they can beat Beaverton next week. Jesuit plays at Beaverton at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

“We did a great job on defense stopping Thomas Tyner, our pass defense was good and our Franchise, our offensive linemen, did a great job getting off the ball this game and getting a good push,” said Jesuit junior running back/linebacker Joey Alfieri, who had 86 yards in total offense and scored one rushing touchdown and one receiving TD.

“I think we did a really good job reading our keys and not getting caught trying to chase down their guys, not trying to make a play for ourselves,” said Jesuit junior tight end Henry Mondeaux, who had two rushing touchdowns and also made an interception. “We did a good job of locking it up and doing our jobs.”

Aloha, meanwhile, lost for the first time this season and saw its Metro record fall to 3-1 (7-1 overall), but still has a shot at winning a piece of the '12 league crown if it can beat Southridge on Friday. Aloha hosts Southridge at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

“I felt like we came in strong. We knew what we needed to do, but they just beat us up,” said Aloha junior wide receiver/defensive back Maurice McSwain, who made three catches for 27 yards and also picked off a Jesuit pass.

by: MILES VANCE - TO THE ZONE - Aloha tailback Thomas Tyner races in for one of his two touchdowns in his teams 56-13 Metro League loss to Jesuit on Friday.

Jesuit grabbed a 6-0 lead when Mondeaux took an end around for 11 yards and a touchdown midway through the first quarter, then stretched that edge to 14-0 in the second period when quarterback Elliott Nistler connected with Alfieri for a nine-yard score, then hit Alfieri again for the conversion.

Aloha answered with its first score less than a minute later, with Tyner making a 62-yard kickoff return tot he Crusader 17-yard line, and Tyner scoring two plays later on a 13-yard run to cut the deficit to 14-6.

Jesuit just kept driving though, and came back with a 70-yard scoring march capped by sophomore running back Chase Morrison's 40-yard TD run for a 21-6 edge.

The Crusaders were back in the end zone just four plays later, getting the ball back when Mondeaux picked off a tipped pass and Alfieri added a two-yard run for a score and a 28-6 lead at halftime.

The Warriors, dealing with the loss of senior lineman Michael Kluge and senior quarterback CJ Eytel — they were hurt on consecutive plays at the start of the second quarter — came back with a big kick return by McSwain that set up a two-yard Tyner run seven plays later and brought their team back within 28-13.

But that was the end of the highlights for Aloha. The Warriors wouldn't score again, while the Crusaders put together four straight touchdown drives, getting a 25-yard end around for a TD from Trent Werner, an eight-yard end-around for a score from Mondeaux, a nine-yard fumble recovery for a score by Braden Nelson, and a 25-yard interception return for a score by Xavier Coleman with 5:05 left in the game.

To see a complete game story and ore photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.