Jesuit stayed true to its motto of showing improvement week-to-week against Washington’s Union High School and displayed no signs of a Camas hangover, by flattening Union 32-7 on Friday.

The Camas defeat had no implication in the OSAA 6A power rankings, Metro standings or even the top-10 polls.

Nonetheless, the Crusaders cleaned up the mistakes that cost them against a charged Camas, Wash., squad and played relatively clean football versus Union.

Jesuit jumped out to a 25-0 halftime lead and never relented, punishing Union with a ground game that’s gaining steam and garnering huge amounts of yardage.

“You always look for your team to be able to handle adversity,” said head coach Gene Potter. “During the week last week, we had our best practice we had all year probably. When things aren’t going well, you want to understand it just takes hard work and getting back to doing the things you do well.”

Potter said he was happy with how the Crusader offensive line of senior tackles Mike Martin and Nick Miller, guard David Brugato, center Charlie Landgraf and guards Ben Jarrett and Paul Vickers controlled the line of scrimmage. There’s a long way to go, Potter said, but the longer the o-line plays together and continues to communicate, the better they’ll be. Joey Alfieri and Chase Morrison lit up Union running the ball and swept through a big opening created by the still-improving big guys upfront.

“You always want to give kudos to the offensive line that makes holes for you, and both of those kids have been the beneficiary of some good blocking,” said Potter.

Defensively, Potter pointed to linebacker Henry Mondeaux’s effort getting to the football and disrupting Union’s offense as a real catalyst for the defense.

“Overall, we played much better as a team,” said Potter. “I was pleased with the progress of the kids. We made less mistakes in assignments. But, we have to tackle better. We didn’t tackle as well as we hoped we would. We had a couple of unforced errors that we have to overcome, but I was pleased with the progression.”

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