The Crusaders shut out Aloha and hand the Warriors a fifth straight loss
BEAVERTON - A year ago, the Jesuit at Aloha football game was the biggest battle on either team's Metro League schedule, and the Warriors' win played a huge role in launching the team toward its first-ever state championship.
But circumstances conspired to make Friday's game at Jesuit High School a much different affair than what it looked like it would be two months ago. The Crusaders used their powerful rushing attack and stingy defense to waylay the injury-plagued Warriors 28-0 on Friday, and took sole possession of first place in the process.
Jesuit's win lifted its Metro League record to 3-0 (5-2 overall) and, coupled with Southridge's 34-24 loss to Sunset, gave the Crusaders sole possession of first place in league play.
'The defense ran to the ball well all night, and any time you get a shutout, the defense gets excited about it,' said Jesuit coach Ken Potter.
Aloha, meanwhile, still missing five of its regulars (at least three of them two-way starters), fell to 0-3 in league, 2-5 overall and lost for the fifth straight time.
Still, Warriors' coach Chris Casey said his team is not done yet.
'There's no giving up, no quitting. The guys are still competing,' Casey said.
After a scoreless first quarter, Jesuit took control with a pair of rushing touchdowns in Friday's second period. The first of those came on a 5-yard run by AJ Glass (he finished with 212 yards rushing and two TDs on 33 carries) and the second on a 1-yard burst from Morgan Sellers.
'We were able to handle the line of scrimmage and that definitely played to our advantage,' Potter said.
'They're big and physical and athletic,' Casey said of the Crusaders, adding that Glass 'is a good athlete and he runs hard and gains a lot of hard-nosed yardage.'
Jesuit added both of its second-half touchdowns in the third quarter, with Glass cashing in again (this time from 8 yards out) and Adam Winterling notching the other score when he hauled in a 23-yard pass from quarterback Nicholas Rothstein.
In addition to Glass' success, Sellers carried 18 times for 100 yards. For Aloha, Ryan Russo carried 10 times for 43 yards and Ben Saechin seven times for 34 more. Warrior quarterbacks Cory Sinner and CJ Eytel combined to go 4-of-9 passing for just 16 yards.