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Crusaders rout Colts, roll into quarterfinals

The Jesuit football team crushes Thurston 63-7 on Friday


BEAVERTON — Playoff time is business time, and the Jesuit football team got down to business big-time on Friday night.

The top-ranked Crusaders, the Metro League runners-up, won their second-round Class 6A state playoff game in impressive fashion on Friday, hammering Thurston 63-7 at Jesuit High School to earn a place in tomorrow’s (Friday’s) state quarterfinals. The Crusaders (9-2 overall) will play at No. 9 Sprague (10-1), the Central Valley Conference runner-up, at 7 p.m. Friday.

“They’ve only got one loss so you know they’re pretty good,” Jesuit coach Ken Potter said of the Olympians. “They’re pretty physical, they run and throw equally well and they manhandled a pretty good Tualatin team last week.”

That said, the Crusaders look like they’re ready for whatever challenge awaits them after rolling over No. 17 Thurston, the Southern Oregon Conference runner-up, on Friday. In that game, Jesuit broke loose for 539 rushing yards, with senior Joey Alfieri carrying eight times for 154 yards, Chase Morrison adding 12 rushes for 147 more, and Jason Talley adding 109 yards on 17 rushes.

“It was an excellent performance,” Potter said. “On both sides of the ball and on special teams, and we did a real good job of following our game plan and executing.”

The Crusaders scored twice in the first quarter, added four more touchdowns in the second quarter for a 42-0 lead at the half and coasted home from there. Alfieri scored his team’s first three TDs, cashing in from 14 and six yards in the first quarter, then again from seven yards at the start of the second.

Senior AJ Glass, in his second game back from a broken collarbone, notched his team’s next two scores, first from 19 yards and then from six. Morrison added a one-yard scoring run late in the half for that 42-0 lead.

Morrison added a 70-yard TD run in the third, while Jesuit’s remaining scores came from Alex Bolton (a 15-yard run) and Talley (a 40-yard run). Thurston’s lone score came on a 14-yard Aaron Downes run in the fourth.

“I think we’re getting better,” Potter added. “And we’ve gotten better each week.”