For the first eight weeks of the season, Hahnville was the better football team.
That wasn’t the case Friday night against Jesuit.
“At the end of the night, they were just the better football team. They played with a greater sense of urgency. It was a strange game in that we never found a rhythm, and when we did find a rhythm, we found ourselves to shoot ourselves in the foot,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said.
Jesuit knocked off the previously unbeaten Tigers by controlling the football. The Blue Jays held onto the ball for 31:44 to win the non-district game 24-14 in Boutte.
“We couldn’t get them off the field. Sometimes it was an alignment issue on our part but sometimes it was they were just really good up front. It’s the first time this year we got knocked around,” said Saltaformaggio.
Jesuit (6-3) limited Hahnville to only 97 yards rushing as a team. Tigers running back Darryle Evans was held to 56 yards rushing on 12 carries.
“They were just really, really good up front defensively. We couldn’t get anything going. They really hemmed Darryle in. He had only one really good run all night long,” Saltaformaggio said.
The Tigers (8-1) were driving late in the first half but came away with no points when they fumbled at the Jesuit 4-yard line.
“It took the winds out of our sail and we could never get it back,” said Saltaformaggio.
The Blue Jays went on a time-consuming drive to open the second half, scoring on a 22-yard pass from Grant Jordan to Luke Besh to extend Jesuit’s lead to 17-0.
Hahnville responded with a 24-yard touchdown run by Drew Naquin to make it 17-7 with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter.
Jesuit countered with an 8-yard touchdown run by Jackson to make it 24-7 at the 10:32 mark of the third quarter.
Naquin, who was 14 of 29 passing for 134 yards, connected with Chance Tregle on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 8:24 left in the game to make the final 24-14.
Jackson rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries for Jesuit while Jalen Williams added 66 yards for the Blue Jays.
Jordan finished 13 of 22 passing for 152 yards while Besh hauled in six passes for 71 yards.
Hahnville may have suffered a defeat but all is not lost for the Tigers, according to Saltaformaggio.
“Everything is still out in front of us,” the Hahnville coach said. “We didn’t suddenly become a bad football team. We lost to a real good football team. We have another really good football team next week with Destrehan but every goal that we had set is still out there for us to go out and get – an outright district championship with a win, a high seed in the playoffs with a win, an opportunity to make playoff run.
“You have to be able to put it behind you. Like I told the kids on the field, not everything is going to go your way. You have to be able to handle it when it doesn’t just like you do when it does.”