Crusaders roll Wildcats, roll to victory
Jesuit rips Westview 56-7 to remain in a tie for first place in the Metro League race
BEAVERTON - The momentum is building.
Day by day, week by week and game by game, the Jesuit football just seems to keep getting better.
The Crusaders certainly made it look that way on Friday night when Jesuit ripped through Westview 56-7 at Jesuit High School, taking its Metro League record to 2-0 (4-2 overall) and keeping it in a first-place tie with Southridge.
'We had some hiccups at the start of the season, but who doesn't?' said Jesuit junior tailback AJ Glass, who ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, all of it in Friday's 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.'
'We've just got to keep coming out hard and clean some things up on both sides of the ball,' added Jesuit 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. 'We basically just need to come off and dominate on the line.'
Westview, meanwhile, fell to 1-1 in league (1-5 overall) after its Metro-opening win over Aloha a week earlier.
'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 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 half time.
'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,' Martinek said. 'Personally, I feel pretty good about how we played.'
Jesuit got its scoring parade started with a 1-yard Glass dive with 7 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first quarter, and Ryan Cope added the first of his eight extra points. Glass and his offensive line set the table for that score by rushing for 35 yards on seven carries.
Late in the first quarter, the Jesuit defense stopped Westview on a fourth-and-four play and got the ball back at the Crusader 32-yard line. From there, Jesuit needed just one play to score, in this case a Nicholas Rothstein quarterback keeper that he took around right end, cut back left and sped 68 yards to score.
Then, in the second quarter, Rothstein connected with Adam Winterling for a 30-yard score to make it 21-0 and the rout was on.
Four plays later, Trent Werner took the ball away from Westview quarterback Julius Rucker and raced 40 yards to score for a 28-0 lead. After another three-and-out by the Jesuit defense, Glass added another TD on a 25-yard burst with 4:16 to go in the half.
Westview punted the ball away again four plays later, and two plays after that, senior tailback 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.
'We never overlook a team. We just try to make progress on the team we are. We try to work hard every week, practice hard and do what we can do,' Glass said.
Westview 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. Garcia connected on three straight passes for 14 yards at the start of that series, and Jordan Bacon then carried twice for 11 yards to set up Garcia's score.
'We just have to practice better. We probably had one solid practice this week. You just can't do that, especially Jesuit week,' Garcia added. 'You've got to have four solid practices and we didn't have that.'
Jesuit answered with it final TD on a 48-yard pass from senior backup quarterback Patrick Roy to Winterling.
For the game, Westview managed just 54 yards rushing on 23 carries, while Garcia went 16-of-32 passing for 122 yards with one interception. Rothstein went 4-of-7 passing for 47 yards, while Winterling caught three passes for 80 yards.
On Friday: Jesuit hosts Aloha at 7:30 p.m., while Westview plays at Beaverton at 7:30 p.m.