Strake Jesuit Knocks off Seven Lakes 28-7
Updated: September 30, 2016
All Strake Jesuit in 19-6A Battle
Katy Jack Rhodes Stadium- On a perfect night in Texas, a battle of 2-2 teams made the playoff picture more clear in 19-6A. It was all Houston Strake Jesuit Crusaders over the Katy Seven Lakes Spartans on Thursday night, 28-7.
Behind a smothering defense and some of the costliest penalties these eyes have seen, the Jesuit defense answered the call. Jesuit’s stingy defense held the Spartans to 9 first downs and 252 total yards. Junior linebacker Michael Jewett seemed to be all over the field.
Jewett said this about Head Coach James Clancy, “He preaches the defense to come together as a team, let the linemen do their job, linebackers do their job and safeties cover the receivers and we executed that tonight and which lead us to a win.”
Jesuit jumped out of the gate early and punched the Spartans in the mouth. After Nathan Fairwell’s kick sailed out of the end zone with a great wind at his back, Jesuit went to work. A swift 10 play drive that saw only one 3rd down, culminated with a Michael Purvey (16 rushes - 42 yards, 1 TD) 1 yard plunge, 7-0. It only took 2 minutes and 41 seconds to travel the 75 yards.
Spartan Head Coach Lydell Wilson elected to start sophomore quarterback Michael Batton over junior Dalton Wood for the first time this season. It almost paid off as the Spartans' first drive looked promising. They stalled at the Crusader 28 and then Fairwell missed a 46 yard field goal.
In the middle on the 2nd quarter Coach Wilson was left scratching his head. On a manageable 2nd and 4 from their own 41 they suffered 3 false starts back-to-back-to-back. Then a holding call for their 4th penalty in a row pushed them all the way back to their own 16... 25 yards of penalties, whoa! Spartans had 10 penalties for 67 yards.
It proved to be fatal when a Davis Altorfer punt was wisely fair caught by junior Kyle Ashby at the Seven Lakes 45. On the very next play quarterback Felix Read hit Aidan Skipper for a nicely designed bubble screen all the way to pay dirt. Skipper finished the night with 6 catches for 106 yards and that touchdown. The Crusaders went into half time with a 2 touchdown lead as the Spartans celebrated their homecoming on the night.
The second half was more of the same with Jewett and his cohorts tightening things and bringing more pressure on Batton and Dalton Wood provided a cameo appearance for the Spartans only score. Jewett, Miles Adams and Captain Tommy Upton all scored sacks in a short time frame. Crusaders held the Spartans to only 86 yards rushing.
On the first play of the 4th quarter Read found a wide open Sean Mowatt-Larrsen down the middle of the field for a 34 yard strike and 21-0 lead. Read finished 14 of 19 for 216 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The next play from scrimmage was the dagger in the heart against the Spartans. A safety blitz by Kevin Anga pried the ball loose setting the Crusaders up at the Spartan 15. Four plays later a facemask call that moved the ball from 1st and goal at the 4 to 1st and goal at the 2 just made things even tougher for the Spartans. Junior James Moskosy (15 tough rushes-45 yards, TD) scored the Crusaders' final touchdown on the night and made the score 28-0.
Seven Lakes ended the shutout midway through the 4th quarter when Dalton Wood hit Jahquan Bloomfield for a nice slant that saw Bloomfield run away from the rest of the field for a 65 score. The goose egg left the scoreboard and was the final score of the 28-7 game. Bloomfield finished the night with 3 receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Coach Clancy had this to say about his defense, “Well, you know, they are the strength of our football team. That’s where most of our experience is from last year and we got some really good players that are making some plays”
Jesuit will face Katy Morton Ranch next week at Crusader stadium. Seven Lakes has the unenviable task of facing district, state, and national big dog the Katy Tigers.
Player of the game
Offense- receiver Aidan Skipper
Defense- linebacker Michael Jewett
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Strake Jesuit 7 7 0 14 28
Seven Lakes 0 0 0 7 7
By Glenn McCarthy @GlennMcCarthy44
stats help by Dustin Nguyen @itsdtrain