The Crusaders rush for 501 yards in their first-round state playoff win
BEAVERTON - It's time to turn it up.
And while it took the Jesuit football team a quarter to get going on Friday night, once the Crusaders got started, they definitely turned it up big-time.
Jesuit, hosting McMinnville in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Friday, managed just three points in the first quarter, but poured across 64 more the rest of the way to blow out the Grizzlies 67-34.
The Crusaders, the Metro League co-champions, improved to 7-3 overall and advanced to the second round of the playoffs where they will host Tualatin at 7 p.m. Friday night. The Timberwolves carry an 8-2 record after placing second in the Pacific Conference and beating Sunset 17-14 on Friday.
'We expect a good game,' Jesuit coach Ken Potter said. 'Tualatin was in the state championship game last year so they've got some guys who have played in a lot of big ballgames, they're extremely well coached, and they're balanced. They do things the right way.'
After a quiet first quarter that featured just a 26-yard Ryan Cope field goal, Jesuit found the offensive accelerator and stomped on it the rest of the way. Led by senior tailback AJ Glass (28 carries for 296 yards and five touchdowns) and the Jesuit offensive line, the Crusaders scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, four more in the third and then two more in the fourth for the final margin.
Glass scored on runs of 4, 13 and 1 yard in the second quarter, then added touchdown runs of 38 and 7 yards in the third. Quarterback Nicholas Rothstein added a 35-yard TD run, and later hit Joseph Ducharme with a 4-yard scoring pass in the third to extend their lead to 53-28.
Morgan Sellers then tacked on two TD runs for Jesuit in the fourth, first from 26 yards and then from 18 for the final margin.
Spencer Payne led the Grizzlies with scoring runs of 4 and 1 yard, and Kane Kennedy also had a 62-yard scoring run for McMinnville.
Rothstein added 75 yards on 10 carries and Sellers 68 on seven rushes - part of their team's total of 501 rushing yards.
'I think our offensive line continually gets better every week,' Potter said. 'They're coming together every week and I'm pleased with their progression.'