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Crusaders lay the smack down in opener

Jesuit hammers McMinnville 63-21 in its 2012 grid opener


MCMINNVILLE — McMinnville probably isn't going to invite the Jesuit football team back to visit any time soon.

The Grizzlies have now played the Crusaders in two straight games — in Friday's 2012 season opener at McMinnville and also in last year's first round of the Class 6A state playoffs — and have given up a total of 130 points in those two contests.

Jesuit's latest entry came Friday when the Crusaders smacked McMinnville 63-21 in a non-league game at McMinnville High School behind an overwhelming rushing performance that piled up 544 yards on the ground.

“I was pleased with how we came off the ball, and I was pleased with how we did our assignments,” said Jesuit coach Ken Potter. “I thought the kids were very efficient.”

Senior tailback AJ Glass, running behind his immense and talented offensive line, was the main beneficiary of that efficiency on Friday night, carrying the ball 25 times to amass 330 yards and five rushing touchdowns. The first two of those TDs came in the opening quarter when Glass hit paydirt from seven and 21 yards, and fullback Joey Alfieri cashed in from seven yards to give their team a 21-7 edge.

Jesuit kept its foot on the accelerator too, adding two more Glass scores — from five and six yards — in the second quarter to boost the Crusader lead to 35-14 at the half. McMinnville's Spencer Payne scored his team's first TD on an 85-yard kickoff return in the first quarter, while Blake Egli hauled in a 4-yard pass from Gage Gubrud in the second.

But Jesuit put the game out of reach with a 21-0 margin in the third quarter, getting a 1-yard Alfieri plunge, a 25-yard run from wide receiver Buddy Webb and a 58-yard scoring burst by Glass to push ahead 56-14. Chase Morrison added a 1-yard TD run in the fourth for Jesuit, while the Grizzlies' last score came on a 12-yard run by Ryan Blair.

“We really dominated the line of scrimmage,” Potter said. “And defensively, we flew around and did some good things. It was a good first game.”

In addition to Glass' heroics, Morrison carried 10 times for 105 yards.

On Friday, Jesuit will host Union, Wash., at 7 p.m.