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Jesuit escapes Sunset threat on Friday


The Crusaders need a last-second score to beat the Apollos

CEDAR MILL — It was game on Friday night at Sunset High School.

The Apollo football team, hosting third-ranked Jesuit, gave the Crusaders all they wanted at Sunset High School before finally falling 27-21 when Jesuit scored on a last-second touchdown. The victory lifted Jesuit’s Metro League record to 1-0 (5-1 overall) and kept it a half-game behind league-leading Aloha, while the Apollos fell to 0-2 in league and 3-2 overall.

“It was a very good high school football game,” said Jesuit coach Ken Potter. “It was a fun environment, and it’s always better when you end up on top.”

“I’m pretty proud of how we’ve competed the last two weeks,” said Sunset coach Faustin Riley. “We’ve got to stay healthy, but I think we have a chance to go deep and have a good year.”

The Apollos probably made believers out of the Crusaders Friday night, where the two teams traded touchdowns for three quarters and more before Jesuit finally got the game winner, driving deep into Sunset territory and ending the game on a one-yard Chase Morrison touchdown run in the final minute.

Jesuit scored first on Friday night, getting a seven-yard TD run from AJ Glass and a Patrick Carley extra point to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Sunset answered in the second, however, getting a 42-yard Willy Pflug-to-Bruce Jones TD pass and a Drew Wilson PAT to make it 7-7 at the half.

Glass broke a big run in the third quarter to push his team back in front, this from 57 yards, but Sunset came back again with a six-yard TD pass from Pflug to Jones to send the game into the fourth quarter at 14-14.

Glass and Jones and their respective offensive units traded scores one more time in the fourth, with Glass cashing in a five-yard run to make it 21-14, and Jones following suit with a three-yard run that deadlocked the score for a third time, now at 21-21.

There was more excitement to come in the remaining minutes too, with Jesuit fumbling the ball away to the Apollos, the Crusader defense coming up with a stop, and Jesuit taking over near midfield when the Sunset punter dropped the ball on fourth down and was unable to get a kick away.

From there, the Crusaders got a big run from Morrison — who took over at tailback after Glass (40 carries for 273 yards) broke his collarbone trying to make an interception — then hit a crossing route from quarterback Elliott Nistler to Buddy Webb that moved the ball to the one-yard line. Morrison and the massive Jesuit offensive line did the rest, getting the final score that tipped the game in Jesuit’s favor.

For their part, the Crusaders knew that they’d dodged a bullet.

“If you make enough mistakes, it can cost you games, but the kids persevered,” Potter said.

Sunset, meanwhile, was far from happy after falling to 0-2 in league play but knew they’d played well yet again (the Apollos dropped their Metro opener to Aloha by a 13-8 margin a week earlier).

“I thought we did a decent job defensively,” Riley said. “You know you’re not going to shut them out so you’ve got to make plays, and the kids who played did their responsibilities.”

For the game, Jones had 11 carries for 60 yards and two catches (both TDs) for 48 yards, while Pflug connected on 17-of-31 passes for 185 yards, nine of those to Trevor Caldwell for 65 yards. For Jesuit, Morrison added 58 yards on 12 carries, and Nistler went 3-of-12 for 57 yards, two of those to Webb for 46.

On Friday, Jesuit hosts Westview at 7:30 p.m., and Sunset plays at Southridge at 7:30 p.m.