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Crusaders power up, derail Warriors

Jesuit hammers Aloha 56-13 to give the Warriors a first loss


BEAVERTON — That one is going to leave a mark.

The Jesuit football team did just that on Friday night, giving third-ranked Aloha its first mark of the season in the loss column, and the Crusaders did it in impressive fashion.

No. 8 Jesuit did what no one thought was possible — it slowed down Aloha star tailback Thomas Tyner — and that effort, along with its most complete offensive performance of the year, lifted the Crusaders to an overwhelming 56-13 victory at Jesuit High School.

by: MIKLES VANCE - BREAKTHROUGH - Jesuit senior running back Joey Alfieri takes flight over Aloha's Calvin Davis to set up the first touchdown in his team's 56-13 Metro League win over the Warriors on Friday night at Jesuit High School.

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, and with a win there and an Aloha victory over Southridge, the Crusaders would share the Metro crown with both the Warriors and Skyhawks.

“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 80 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.”

“We believed that we could do a lot of good things if we just put our heart and soul and mind into it and we came out and played some Jesuit football tonight,” added senior lineman Andrew Kirkland, who helped the Crusaders churn out 449 yards in total offense.

The Warriors, meanwhile, still have a shot at winning a piece of the ‘12 league crown on Friday and say they’ll come back strong to close out the regular season.

“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. “I can’t wait for the next shot. We’ll be ready.”

“Like coach (Chris) Casey said, you learn a lot from a loss,” said Tyner, who finished with a season-low 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 25 carries. “We’re going to watch film and learn what we did wrong ... and we play for the league championship next week.”

Jesuit grabbed a 6-0 lead on its second series of the game when Mondeaux took an end around for 11 yards and a touchdown midway through the first quarter. That score was set up by Chase Morrison’s 22 yards and a 12-yard Aloha penalty.

The Crusader defense did its part next, stopping Tyner on a fourth-and-two play late in the first quarter, then sacking Warrior quarterback CJ Eytel and knocking him from the game on a fourth-and-six play at the Jesuit 45 early in the second quarter.

From there, Jesuit senior quarterback Elliott Nistler keyed an eight-play scoring drive highlighted by three completions to Alfieri, one for 23 yards, the second for eight more and the third for nine yards and the score in the left flat. Nistler went to Alfieri one more time on the conversion and Jesuit’s lead was 14-0 with 8:34 to go in the half.

“Last week, we ran the ball the majority of the time and we weren’t able to move the ball as much as we’d like to,” said Nistler, who went 11-of-21 passing for 101 yards, one touchdown and one interception. “We decided to change it up and it worked out for us.”

“Elliott did a great job this game,” Alfieri said. “He was poised. He didn’t break down under pressure. He knew where he had to go. He had great placement on the ball on all his passes. I really have to give him credit.”

Aloha answered with its first score less than a minute later, though, with Tyner making a 62-yard kickoff return to the Crusader 17, 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 Morrison’s 40-yard TD run and, after Patrick Carley’s extra point, gave the Crusaders a 21-6 edge with 6:01 remaining before halftime.

It got worse for Aloha too, and did so quickly. The Crusaders got the ball back on Aloha’s first-down play when Mondeaux picked off a tipped Nick Krautscheid pass, and Alfieri added a two-yard run off left tackle for a score and a 28-6 lead at halftime.

The Warriors, who also lost senior lineman Michael Kluge — a two-way starter — to a leg injury, came back with a big kick return by McSwain at the start of the second half. Starting at the Jesuit 41, Tyner carried six times for 34 yards, ending that march with a two-yard dive that cut his team’s deficit to 28-13 two minutes into the quarter.

But that was the end of the highlights for Aloha. The Warriors wouldn’t score again, punting three times and throwing an interception for a touchdown on their final four series, while the Crusaders put together four straight touchdown drives to close out the game in style.

For Jesuit, Trent Werner got the first of those four TDs on a 25-yard end around set up by two Nistler completions to Mondeaux for 26 yards. The second came on an eight-yard run by Mondeaux, that one set up by three Ben Hartmeier runs for 40 yards and two by Morrison for 21 more.

Next, in the fourth quarter, Jesuit drove 80 yards in nine plays to score, with Hartmeier carrying six times for 61 yards, then fumbling the ball on his final try only to see it scooped up and carried eight more yards for the score by teammate Braden Nelson. And finally, senior defensive back Xavier Coleman capped the evening’s festivities by picking off a Krautscheid pass and taking it back 25 yards for the score and 56-13 margin with 5:05 to go.

“I thought we kept the momentum going even when they came out in the second half and scored that drive,” Mondeaux said. “I thought we did a great job coming back strong.”

“We knew they were going to be keying our run game, so we spread ‘em out early, gave the fly sweep and the end arounds, and then later on, we could pound them down the middle and call run plays,” Alfieri added.

For their part, the Warriors promised they would learn from their mistakes and come back strong.

“The main thing is to get healthy, get one of our main linemen and our quarterback back. We do that and we’ll be fine,” Tyner said. “This is in the past. We just have to keep our heads up and we’ll be fine.”

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to www.milesvance.exposuremanager.com.




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