The Crusaders go to 3-0 after their 42-3 victory on Friday

There’s not much, it seems, that can slow the Jesuit Crusaders.

The top-ranked Jesuit football team won its third straight game on Friday night and did so in impressive fashion, thumping Canby 42-3 at Jesuit High School.

“Defensively, we improved significantly from the week before,” said Jesuit coach Ken Potter. “I was very pleased with the play of (linebackers) Joey Alfieri and Henry Mondeaux. They both read their keys well and flew to the ball.”

The Jesuit defense, which has allowed a Metro League-low total of 36 points this year, limited the Cougars to 87 yards rushing and just a second-quarter field goal.

“They had a couple nice drives, but we were able to make plays and stop them when we needed to,” Potter said. Linebacker “Trent Werner had one of his best games too, and had a nice interception.”

The Crusader offense didn’t fare too badly either, banging home a one-yard AJ Glass touchdown run in the first quarter, then tacking on two more scores in the second to lead 21-3 at the half.

Glass got the first of those two second-quarter TDs when he capped a Jesuit drive with a two-yard run, and after Canby added its field goal, Werner grabbed a pass from quarterback Christian Martinek and sped 57 yards to score.

The Crusaders then pitched a 21-0 shutout in the second half, with Glass cashing in twice in the third quarter, first breaking a 69-yard TD run, then adding a three-yarder to extend the Jesuit lead to 35-3.

And finally, in the fourth quarter, Mondeaux hauled in a 15-yard pass from Elliott Nistler to score his team’s final TD.

“We improved offensively. We did a good job of taking what we were given,” Potter said. “And each week, Christian keeps getting better and making better decisions each week.”

For the game, Glass carried 20 times for 224 yards and three touchdowns, and Martinek went 5-for-5 for 123 yards.

Isaac Shrier led Canby with 17 carries for 67 yards, while Cougar QB Sam Stelk hit on 15-of-24 passes for 141 yards.

On Friday, Jesuit will face Central Catholic (1-2) at Hillsboro Stadium at 7 p.m.

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