‘People are starting to buy in’ as Jesuit wins second straight game after 0-3 start

ELK GROVE — With Jesuit High School looking to build on its first win of the season, the Marauders defeated the Franklin High School Wildcats 34-14 in Friday night’s Delta League opener at Cosumnes Oaks High School.

The victory marks Jesuit’s second win and Franklin’s third consecutive loss.

Jesuit’s defense constantly pressured Franklin junior quarterback Denzen Cortez, forcing an interception, and holding Franklin to two touchdowns. Both of Franklin’s scores came from senior running back Reagan Fonbuena.

“Our defensive line played extremely well tonight,” said Linemen Coach Sean Morris. “This is the first game in a while where everyone started to do their jobs.”

Even though Franklin’s touchdowns were rushing scores, Jesuit was able to stop the Wildcats’ run-heavy scheme for most of the game. The Marauders held Franklin’s other star running back, junior Ian Charles, to 26 yards on 10 carries.

Jesuit quarterback Daniel Susac ’20 also delivered a big performance, throwing four touchdowns, including a 52-yard score to wide receiver Nate Lewis ’21.

The team’s only non-passing touchdown came from running back Ace Saca ’21, who scored Jesuit’s first touchdown on a run within the redzone.

Ace credits Jesuit’s recent success to players believing in the team and being attentive.

“People are starting to buy in and listen to the coaches more,” Ace said.

Players buying into the team was evident on Friday as defensive tackle Carsen Keim ’21 was happy to see his teammates embrace each other.

“We came out with much more energy; when someone scored, everyone would rally behind them,” Carsen said.

With Jesuit fresh off two big wins, the team turns its sights to Cosumnes Oaks High School. The Marauders will host the Wolfpack for Jesuit’s homecoming game this Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m.