"Jesuit beat us last year pretty bad and this game is very important to us," said Shaw DE Stephen Gibson (6-4, 240, Sr.). Other than the rankings on Scout (where the Eagle checked in at No. 3 this week), no one has us in the top ten or even on the bubble. We have something to prove; to show we're a team to be reckoned with."
There's no question that Deion Jones is Jesuit's marquee player, but Gibson says the Blue Jays' entire team is solid.
"I've known 'Debo' (Jones) a long time and he's very good," said Gibson. "They have been running everything (with their offensive and defensive schemes) a long time, so there's not a big drop off after Debo when it comes to how the rest of their team plays.
"I'm looking forward to the matchup with (Jesuit offensive lineman and Tulane commit) Todd Jacquet. College coaches look forward to watching two D-1 prospects (Gibson has 15 offers) go up against each other on film. That's one reason I was anxious to go head to head with (Archbishop Rummel OL and UL-Lafayette commit) Dominick Bilich.
Unfortunately, Shaw's season-opener vs. Rummel and Bilich was canceled due to Tropical Storm Lee.
"What Deion Jones did last week (two interceptions, including a pick six, a safety and several tackles), it was just phenomenal," said David Gladow, sports producer and prep football expert at nola.com (The Times Picayune). "Jesuit's offense can be hot or cold, and I'd guess that will get them beat at some point (maybe even this week against Shaw's bookend pass rushers), but Jones is such a difference-maker on defense, I wouldn't be susprised at all by a deep playoff run for the Blue Jays.
If Shaw is going to win this game, they're probably going to have to display an efficient passing attack. Two weeks ago, Hahnville quarterback Easton Malancon completed 21-of-30 with a pair of touchdowns (and no interceptions) against the Jesuit defense, so if they're vulnerable anywhere, it's through the dink and dunk. And that might be tough for Shaw to do, after having attempted only eight passes last week. Is Quentin Gibson capable of throwing it 30 times Friday night? He may have to."
Gibson, the sophomore QB and younger brother of Stephen Gibson, threw for 154 yards and a touchdown last week. In the preseason jamboree, he was on fire, throwing for a combined 244 yards and four TDs vs. Helen Cox and John Ehret.
"Quentin is a mini-superstar, but he's humble and I like the way he's carrying himself," said Ryan Brown (6-5, 240, Sr. - pictured below). the three-star Shaw DE who is committed to Mississippi State.
Other players to watch include Shaw WR Kent Shelby, RB Will Thomas, OL Kyron Smith, DT Romello Dixon, OL Jude Bourgeois, DB Javis Aultman and OL Kevon Beckwith. Jesuit has a couple of highly-effective skill players on offense in QB Cam Dobbins and RB Paul Stanton.