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Jesuit beats Aloha, but loses Alfieri


Star running back could miss remainder of regular season

On Friday night, Jesuit High School blew Aloha out 51-7. That was not the story, though. Neither was the story that Jesuit had clinched at least a share of the Metro League title.

In the second quarter, Joey Alfieri, Jesuit’s star running back and linebacker, went down with a serious knee injury that could keep him out the rest of the season and will certainly affect the Crusaders as they try to make a run in the state playoffs.

In the second quarter, Alfieri had already scored two touchdowns on runs of 31 yards and 1 yard.

Then, on a play in the middle of the field, Alfieri took a handoff and ran up the middle. That was when disaster struck. Alfieri was hit low by two Aloha defenders. Both tacklers put their helmets directly into Alfieri’s left knee cap.

“Aloha was going for my knees the whole game — going low — which is fine,” Alfieri said. “I’ve got to get low as well. My left foot planted, two helmets came right at my knee at the same time, and I felt a crunch. I knew something was wrong right away.”

Alfieri stayed down on the field for a long time as Jesuit’s medical staff looked at him. Finally, he was helped off the field and went into the locker room. By the second half, Alfieri was back on the sidelines, on crutches and with a large brace on his left leg. Alfieri was smiling and appeared to be in good spirits. But his smile did not tell the whole story.

“The doctors say it’s a Level Three MCL,” Alfieri said. “There’s three levels (of MCL injuries). Three is the worst. They said it would take six to eight weeks (to heal). They were 95 percent sure it wouldn’t require surgery, which is good.”

There is a chance that if the Crusaders make it deep enough into the playoffs, Alfieri could return. But, with a scholarship to Stanford waiting for him after his prep career is over, Alfieri knows he has to be careful with his health.

“There’s a chance that I can come back,” Alfieri said. “There’s a lot of time left before December, which is the championship game. I’ve still got a shot at coming back. Guys can recover from this earlier than six to eight weeks, but I’m not going to rush it. I’m going to make sure I’m 100 percent before I come back. I don’t want to get any permanent knee damage.”

Jesuit was still able to dominate the game without Alfieri.

Jason Talley and Alex Bolton each rushed for a touchdown. Talley ran in from 16 yards, while Bolton ran in from 28 yards.

Jesuit quarterback Eric Restic tossed two touchdown passes in to Trent Werner, the first a 21-yard TD and the second a 5-yard TD.

“Our guys upfront were giving Eric enough time to throw the ball, and I was just making plays on it,” Warner said. “It all starts with the line. You can’t do anything without good blocking up front.”

Jesuit defensive back John De Rego also picked off a pass and took it 77 yards to the house.

The Crusaders also added two two-point conversions on fake field goals, when holder Matthew Ferguson tossed passes to Christian Martinek.

Jesuit led 30-7 at halftime, after Aloha scored its only touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run by Parker Bull with 2:50 remaining in the second quarter.

Aloha (2-6) will play at Southridge this week in its regular season finale. Jesuit (6-2) will host Beaverton this week, as the Crusaders try to win the Metro League title outright.

“We want to win it all,” Werner said. “My sophomore year, we shared it. We didn’t like sharing it very much. We want to win it outright.”