by: TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Jesuit running back Joey Alfieri muscles forward for a first down as Southridge defensive back Michael Parks drags him down late in the fourth quarter.

The highly anticipated matchup between No. 3 Southridge High and No. 4 Jesuit at Jesuit High School turned into a blowout in a hurry.

Jesuit jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never let up. Running back Joey Alfieri had a monster game, quarterback Eric Restic kept the offense balanced, and the Crusaders rolled to a 55-28 win.

“Southridge is a tremendous football team,” Jesuit coach Ken Potter said. “Our offensive line did a very good job opening up some holes, and we have a very, very good back, which is kind of putting it mildly. Joey is very good, and he runs hard and makes plays. We had a great week of practice, and our concentration and intensity was the best it’s been all year.”

For Jesuit (5-2, 3-0 Metro League), the victory was a bit of payback for Southridge upsetting the team the past two seasons. Now, with essentially a two-game lead over the Skyhawks, the Crusaders control their own fate when it comes to the Metro League championship.

“We’ve lost to them the last two years,” Alfieri said. “There was a tone of revenge. We wanted to prove to the Metro League that we could take home the championship, and that’s what we did tonight.”

Throughout the game, the Skyhawks never had an answer for Alfieri. The Stanford-bound, 6-foot-3, 231-pounder was superb, carrying the ball 43 times for 316 yards and four touchdowns. Alfieri’s touchdowns came on a 2-yard carry in the first quarter, a 38-yard run, an 11-yard run in the second quarter, and a 10-yard TD in the third quarter.

“All I do is get the ball and run straight ahead,” Alfieri said. “There’s always a seam that my lineman provide for me. I rarely get hit before the line of scrimmage because our lineman get off the ball so hard, and they get a great push. I just run straight and go wherever is open.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Jesuit wide receiver Trent Werner (right) celebrates his late first quarter diving catch touchdown with Christian Martinek (left).

After Alfieri’s touchdown run in the first quarter, Restic, who was playing with flu-like symptoms, put Jesuit up 21-0 with a 9-yard TD pass to Henry Mondeaux and a 12-yard TD pass to Trent Werner.

Jesuit return man Chase Morrison made the score 41-21 in the third quarter, when he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Later, Morrison would score the final touchdown of the game on a 4-yard TD run.

Southridge got on the board with 11:44 remaining in the second quarter, when Devin Martinez took a hand-off into the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown to make the score TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Southridge senior running back Devin Martinez helped keep the Skyhawks competitive by scoring on a 35-yard run in the second quarter.

The Skyhawks went into halftime trailing 34-14 after JT Taula’i returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.

The Skyhawks (5-2, 2-1 in the Metro League) scored their final touchdown of the game on their first drive of the second half, when Martinez took a hand-off 64 yards for a touchdown.

The Skyhawks will finish their season with home games against Westview High this week and against Aloha High the following week.

The Crusaders will control their own destiny in their pursuit of capturing the Metro League title. Jesuit will play at Aloha this week and at home against Beaverton High the following week.

“We talked about this game against Southridge being the most important game of the year because it was this week,” Potter said. “Next, we play Aloha, and that’s the most important game of the year. That’s what you have to do. You can’t look ahead or look back. We just have to see what we have to improve for next week. If we do that, it puts us where we wanted to be.”

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