Crusaders cruise, crush 'Cats
Jesuit uses a 35-point second quarter to fuel its
BEAVERTON - There were some questions, and legitimate ones perhaps, about the 2011 Jesuit football team after its 2-2 non-league performance.
But now, two games into the Metro League season, the Crusaders are doing their very best to answer all of those.
Jesuit made it two straight on Friday night, ripping through Westview 56-7 at Jesuit High School and taking its Metro record to 2-0 (4-2 overall).
"We had some hiccups at the start of the season, but who doesn't?" said Jesuit junior tailback AJ Glass, who ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, all of it in the first half. "There are a lot of great teams that come out with struggles at the start of the season and then go out and win championships."
Jesuit laid it on Westview impressively Friday night, leading 14-0 after one quarter, then pouring across 35 unanswered points in the second period to take a commanding 49-0 lead into the half.
"For the defensive line, we just wanted to come off fast and push their line back and keep contain on all their running backs and their options," said sophomore defensive end Christian Martinek, who had four sacks in the win and helped the Jesuit defense limit Westview to 176 yards in total offense, most of that after halftime. "Personally, I feel pretty good about how we played."
Westview, meanwhile, dropped to 1-1 in league (1-5 overall) after their Metro-opening win over Aloha a week ago.
"We just weren't as prepared as we should have been," said Westview senior quarterback CJ Garcia, who went 16-of-32 passing for 122 yards with one interception. "It's not the coaches' fault -- it's our fault. We should have taken more time, and this is what happens."
Jesuit got its scoring parade started with a 1-yard Glass dive with 7 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first quarter, then took a 14-0 lead when quarterback Nicholas Rothstein broke off a 68-yard TD run.
Then, in the second quarter, Rothstein connected with Adam Winterling for a 30-yard score, and four plays later, Trent Werner took the ball away from Westview's Julius Rucker and raced 40 yards to score for a 28-0 lead.
Glass added another TD run on a 25-yard burst with 4:16 to go in the period, and after a quick Jesuit stop, Morgan Sellers busted off a 51-yard scoring run. And then, after Westview fumbled the ball away on first down deep in its own territory, Sellers scored on a 2-yard run for that 49-0 halftime margin.
Westview then notched its lone score on the second series of the third quarter, recovering a Jesuit fumble at the Crusader 28, and scoring six plays later on a 2-yard Garcia run.
Jesuit answered with it final TD on a 48-yard pass from Patrick Roy to Winterling.
Next Friday, Jesuit hosts Aloha at 7:30 p.m., while Westview plays at Beaverton at 7:30 p.m.
For a complete game story and more photos, please see next Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.