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Red-hot Crusaders roll in round one of football playoffs

No. 1 Jesuit hammers Centennial 65-6 to kick off the second season


By MILES VANCE

The Times

BEAVERTON — There were a few bumps in the road for the Jesuit football tam this season, but right now, it looks like nothing but smooth pavement ahead for the Crusaders.

Top-ranked Jesuit, the Metro League runner-up, won its third straight game in impressive fashion on Friday night, crushing Centennial 65-6 at Jesuit High School in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Next up, the Crusaders (8-2 overall) will host No. 17 Thurston (6-4), the second-place team from the Southwest Oregon Conference, at 7 p.m. Friday night.

In its Friday home win over No. 32 Centennial (2-9), the sixth-place team from the Mt. Hood Conference, Jesuit ripped off 21 unanswered points in the first quarter, stretched its lead to 35-0 at the half and just kept rolling after that. In total, the Crusaders got touchdowns from seven different players, welcomed senior tailback AJ Glass back into the mix after recovering from a broken collarbone, and held the Eagles to just 128 yards in total offense.

“Defensively, Joey Alfieri, Christian Martinek and Trent Werner all had very good games,” said Jesuit coach Ken Potter. “The whole defense swarmed to the ball and did an excellent job of playing team defense and stopping Centennial’s veer offense.”

Alfieri stepped up on both sides of the ball, kicking off Jesuit’s scoring parade with a one-yard run in the first quarter, that followed by a five-yard blocked punt return by Michael Mueller and a one-yard Glass run. In the second quarter, quarterback Elliott Nistler hit tight end Henry Mondeaux for a two-yard score and Xavier Coleman cashed in a nine-yard run to make it 35-0.

In the second half, Zach Houlemard turned in his team’s second blocked punt return for a score, the Crusaders notched a safety, Alfieri hit paydirt from 10 yards out, Glass scored his second TD on a two-yard run, and Jack Hamburg added a one-yard burst in the fourth for the final margin. Centennial’s Nick Schoebel broke a 19-yard run for his team’s lone score.

“Elliot Nistler threw the ball well and the offensive line continued to improve this week,” Potter added.

Chase Morrison paced Jesuit with 140 yards on 14 carries, while Nistler went 9-of-12 passing for 204 yards, connecting three times to Trent Werner for 103 yards. Justin Lee led the Eagles with 48 yards on nine carries, but QB Bobby Craswell went just 4-of-14 for 38 yards.




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