Trojans dominate Blue Jays to pick up huge victory
Using a suffocating defense and a timely passing game, the Sacred Heart Trojans secured a dominating win over one of their biggest rivals, as they plucked the St. Ed’s Blue Jays 10-3 here Friday night.
The Trojans are now 2-0 on the young season and will head to Basile this Friday night for a showdown with the Bearcats.
In the contest, Sacred Heart held the St. Ed’s offense to only 137 yards in 54 plays, creating three key turnovers and picked up a huge turnover on downs facing a fourth and goal from their four-yard line.
“We don’t have the high potent offense that we had last year,” stated an ecstatic Trojan head coach Josh Harper after the game. “So, we have to grind it out on offense and the defense has to step up and they did that tonight. This win is because of our defense. Like they say, defense wins championships.”
The Trojan defensive unit showed everyone that they had come to play from the very first series of the game. Electing to kickoff to St. Ed’s, Sacred Heart went to work, holding the Blue Jays to a total of seven yards in three plays, forcing a punting situation.
On the very first offensive play of the game for the Trojans, quarterback Wesley Launey hit wide out Nick Perry on stride streaking down the field for a perfect 64 yard pitch and catch, putting the ball on the St. Ed’s 10-yard line.
Unable to punch the ball into the end zone, Sacred Heart had to settle for a 32 yard field goal attempt. Launey’s kick sailed through the uprights with room to spare and with 7:14 left to go in the first quarter, the Trojans owned the early 3-0 lead.
The two teams exchanged possessions throughout the rest of the initial quarter and deep into the second quarter, until Sacred Heart was able to come up with a big defensive play and an even bigger offensive play.
With the Blue Jays owning the ball at the Trojan 49-yard line, St. Ed’s quarterback Brad Miller attempted to hit Peyton Marcantel on a streak route down the seam. However, Sacred Heart linebacker Nick Perry undercut the ball and picked off the pass at the Trojan 18-yard line.
Sacred Heart ran the ball twice for gains of four and three yards respectively on their first two plays of the drive. A false start pushed the ball back five yards, creating a third and eight situation at the Trojan 20-yard line.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Launey launched a pass down the left sideline that fell into the waiting hands of wide out Drew Bordelon who outraced the St. Ed’s defense for the touchdown. Launey tacked on the extra point and with only 1:51 left to go before half Sacred Heart led 10-0; a lead the Trojans took into the locker room.
The only mistake of the night for Sacred Heart occurred on their first possession of the second half. On second and ten from their 29-yard line, the Trojans laid the ball on the turf as the Blue Jay defense pounced on the loose ball to take over possession.
With excellent field position, St. Ed’s hoped to find the offensive rhythm that had eluded them all night long. The Blue Jays were able to find their way down to the Sacred Heart 15-yard line in five plays, but the Trojans stepped it up a notch on defense forcing a fourth and goal situation.
St. Ed’s elected to try a field goal and Peyton Marcantel was up for the task booting it through the uprights from 34 yards out, cutting the Sacred Heart lead down to 10-3 with 2:58 to go in the third quarter.
Two drives later, the Blue Jays were knocking on the Trojan’s door again, moving the ball down to the Sacred Heart four-yard line. But, on fourth and goal, the Trojan defense bowed up once more and stopped St. Ed’s dead in their tracks, forcing a turn over on downs.
Down the stretch, the Blue Jays became desperate and tried to throw the ball over the top of the Sacred Heart defense, but the lack of a passing attack and the tremendous coverage of the Trojan secondary forced an interception into the hands of Alec Gotro that sealed the game and the win.