Your weekend sports recap
It’s been a whirlwind weekend of sports in New Orleans. Important Saturday football games to talk about, as well as the end of the volleyball regular season and even a quick dip in the swimming pool. Let’s take a moment for a quick recap.
BLUE JAYS OUTLAST BROTHER MARTIN: Crew Jacobs’s 33-yard field goal with 4:19 to play proved to be the difference, as Jesuit (7-2, 3-1) held on for a 17-14 win over Catholic League rival Brother Martin (8-1, 3-1) at Tad Gormley Stadium Saturday. Charles Jackson and Chris Mills combined for 29 carries for 180 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Jays, who also got a touchdown pass from Trey LaForge to tight end Alex Rabalais. Senior tailback Jared West left it all on the field for the Crusaders, scoring both Martin touchdowns, but even though Jonathan Parker recovered a Jackson fumble with 1:31 to play, Brother Martin couldn’t move the ball down the field on their final drive. The Crusaders are still in the hunt for a share of the District 9-5A title, though, with a decisive tilt against current leader Rummel (9-0, 4-0) on tap for this Saturday at Joe Yenni.
REBELS SCORE CRUCIAL WIN: Needing a win to solidify their 4A playoff credentials, Riverdale got a huge boost from its defense and special-teams units. The Rebels forced five turnovers and blocked a punt in their 48-31 win over Salmen Saturday. Star athlete Donte Jackson returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and tailback Andre Smith returned the blocked punt 40 yards for another score for Riverdale. Darius Bovie added a touchdown on the ground and a touchdown catch to help the Rebels overcome an outstanding day by Spartans quarterback Johnny Passaro (301 yards, three TDs).
LIONS TAKE HOME DISTRICT TITLE: Miller-McCoy quarterback Melvin Johnson accounted for all three of the Lions’ touchdowns in a 20-19 win over Thomas Jefferson that guarantees the Lions their second straight District 10-3A title. Johnson threw for one touchdown and ran for two more, including the deciding score with 7:48 left in the game. Jaguars tailback Donte Sincere ran the ball 28 times for 133 yards and a touchdown, which helped him set the single-season rushing record at Thomas Jefferson, but Marco Acosta — who made two field goals — missed the extra point on the Jaguars’ final score.
LOCAL CORNERBACK COMMITS: East Jefferson’s Deshawn Raymond, who Easton receiver Tyron Johnson called the best corner he’s faced, committed to TCU Friday night. According to Rod Walker of The New Orleans Advocate, Raymond — who also took official visits to Mississippi State and Nebraska — intends to graduate in December and enroll early at the Fort Worth school.
CAJUNS CLOSE SEASON ON WINNING NOTE: Country Day (36-6) rebounded nicely from a loss to Mount Carmel Thursday, sweeping St. Scholastica (35-6) 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 Saturday to head into the Division V playoffs with some momentum. Simone Becnel and Caroline Perlis combined for 25 kills for the Cajuns, set up by Jenna Ibieta’s 38 assists. Jessica Lucio led the way for the Doves with seven kills and 11 digs, and Emma Estapa chipped in 19 assists.
CHIPMUNKS TOP PANTHERS IN SEASON FINALE: Hailey Kirkpatrick turned in an outstanding performance for Northshore with 22 kills and 23 digs, but the Panthers (26-12) still fell to Chapelle (26-17) 25-22, 22-25, 29-27, 25-20 in a Saturday match that felt a lot like a Division I playoff contest. Hannah Epperley directed the Panther offense with 52 assists. Kayla Jones notched a team-high 19 kills for Chapelle, who also got 46 assists from Mallory Knudsen.
FAMILIAR RESULTS AT METRO CHAMPIONSHIPS: Jesuit and Mandeville repeated as Metro swimming champions this weekend. Read more in our Metro Championship recap.