Jesuit Dallas had quite a successful year in regards to sub-varsity football with an addition of two new teams for the first time in Jesuit history. All 5 teams had an impressive combined record of 30-6-2, as the teams also captured district 7-6A titles and were undefeated in district play.
The loss in the 2nd game of the season to a talented Rockwall team would be the catalyst for success for the Rangers. Motivating the team, they went on a 7 game win streak after this loss, outscoring opponents 248-39. Headlining the offense was an athletic receiving core and leaders that set the tone for the team. With a plethora of downfield bombs and a consistent run game, defenses failed to contain the Ranger offense. Opposing teams struggled to score as the defense only allowed 8.5 points a game. Starting linebacker Bobby Musso described the defense as “athletic at all positions” and “very competitive”. Receiver Landon Polk described the offense as “explosive” and “extremely talented”. The Gold team boasted an unusual amount of talent that they should be able to replicate over the next 3 years. The gold team ended the year with an impressive 9-1-1 record.
The blue team kicked off the season with a 7 game win streak and an average of 25.4 points a game. Leading the high powered offense, John Truelove and JoJo Metoyer had much success dismantling defenses. Additionally, the Ranger defense also pitched an impressive 6 shutouts. Spearheading the defense was lineman Chase Brown who racked up 8 defensive players of the week, also dominating the trenches week in and week out with only one blemish on the season to a high-powered Prosper team. Furthermore, the team would immediately go on to play the Texas high school football powerhouse Allen Eagles. The Rangers, however, would go on to stomp the eagles 24-0 in what Nicholas Humbert called an “exhilarating experience”. There will definitely be players on the blue roster that will continue to develop into stars for the program. The team finished out the successful season 9-1.
In an unusual year where the freshman football program had a record-breaking turnout of 130 kids, the need for a third football team arose, which is something only the largest teams in Texas usually have a need for. The inaugural white team season was quite a success, as the team went 2-2. The roster fluctuated with players being moved around, but still managed to win two games. It will be interesting to watch whether or not there will be another year of the third team for the freshman program next year.
The Rangers were faced with a hard task as they started the season off with 2 of the best teams in the state’s JV teams. The team won a nail-biter against Marcus but they would lose to Rockwall in a tight game. The JV gold followed a similar pattern as the freshman gold team as they would dominantly win the next 8 games. The explosive offense averaged an impressive 42 points a game after the loss. While the defense only allowed 10 points a game throughout the season. Leading the offense was Jake Musso who is dangerous every time he touches the ball. On defense players like Jameson Kemp, Jordan Mason and Grant Peters were also consistently making plays. Overall, the JV Gold team finished off the season 9-1 and district champs. The sophomore class is extremely talented and hopefully, some players can fill the gaps left by graduating seniors.
Another sign of the unusually large numbers was the creation of the JV second team. The roster of the blue team was made up of juniors that weren’t getting a ton a playing time due to the large numbers on varsity. The inaugural season of the JV blue team kicked off with two games against Mesquite Poteet as they lost the first and won the second. The team tied against Sachse and shut out Coppell to end the season. The new JV team will be very essential to providing more playtime to players and furthering their development.
In the most unusual year in Texas high school football due to Covid-19, Jesuit’s football program rose above others. The team didn’t have to cancel a single game this year due to any coronavirus related matters, which was highly unusual in Texas. The records of each team displayed the hard work and determination of every player in the program. In conclusion, the 2020 season for all 5 teams was a great sign of the success to come in the next couple of years and the positive direction of the Jesuit football program.