Crusaders too much for Aloha
The juggernaut known as the Jesuit football team just kept on rolling in week seven of the 2006 season.
This time, the Crusaders (3-0 in Metro League play, 7-0 overall) sped past Aloha 42-0 at Aloha High School Friday night. And while the Warriors (0-3 in Metro play, 4-3 overall) slowed Jesuit for a half, they couldn't contain the Crusaders all night.
Jesuit scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter and added three more in the third to account for the night's scoring, getting 174 yards and one TD from Paul Weatheroy and another 109 yards and three TDs from Raphiel Lambert in their 402-yard rushing day.
'Aloha's a very good team. We knew they'd play us tough,' said Jesuit coach Ken Potter. 'Our running backs ran very hard and very well, and we did a good job up front, but not as good as we can do.'
While Aloha failed to get on the scoreboard Friday night, the Warriors did have a fair share of offensive success on Friday. Senior tailback Jude Graves, who transferred to Aloha from Jesuit last year, racked up 127 yards on 11 carries Friday night and set up his team's best scoring chance when he raced 60 yards to the Jesuit 8-yard line in the second quarter.
But the Crusader defense held firm, forced Aloha to turn the ball over on downs, and came back with a long scoring drive for the 21-0 halftime edge.
'We played pretty well in the first half, but we struggled a bit in the second half,' said Aloha coach Chris Casey. 'And they're awful talented. When we watched them on fim against Beaverton, I thought they were the best high school football team I'd ever seen.'
Lambert scored on runs of 30, 3 and 10 yards Friday night, Weatheroy's TD came from 1 yard out and Jesuit's other scores came on Jamaine Olson's 40-yard interception return and Steven Kiyokawa's 32-yard run.
As a team, Aloha rushed for 157 yards, but Jesuit's defense put the clamps on the Warrior passing game, holding quarterback Eric Whitley to 2-of-12 passing with two interceptions for 22 yards. Jesuit QB Dan Wagner went 8-for-10 passing for 97 yards.
'Defensively, we can do better. We've got to focus on us and get better,' Potter said. 'But (Aloha) played real hard the whole game. It was a physical game.'
For their part, the Warriors -- who played shorthanded due to injuries to their line -- were pleased with their efforts if not the final result.
'If you take away our two interceptions, they only would have scored 28 points,' Casey said. 'Our kids played solid, but they're a very good team. They're top-ranked ... and deservingly so.'