Crusaders muscle past Tualatin and into quarterfinals
Jesuit survives a second-half rally by Tualatin to win 22-14
BEAVERTON - Jesuit's Friday night home playoff game against Tualatin just about had it all.
A match-up of two of the state's top programs, a scintillating second-half comeback by the Timberwolves, and even a first-quarter snow flurry.
And most importantly for Jesuit, at also had a Jesuit victory.
Jesuit saw Tualatin rally from a 22-0 deficit at Jesuit High School in the two teams' second-round Class 6A state playoff game and close within 22-14. Further, the Crusaders saw the Wolves create a turnover with 3 minutes, 7 seconds left to play and a chance to tie the game. But Jesuit's defense -- which limited Tualatin to just 124 yards in total offense -- made sure the Timberwolves couldn't capitalize on that late opportunity and advanced to the state quarterfinals with a 22-14 win.
Jesuit, the Metro League co-champ, improved to 8-3 and advanced to a Friday quarterfinal match-up against Tigard at Jesuit High School, likely at 7 p.m. Tualatin, the Pacific Conference runner-up, saw its season end at 8-3.
'They play hard, they play fast and we know that,' said Jesuit junior tailback AJ Glass, who finished with 214 yards rushing and one touchdown on 44 carries. We've just got to go out and play hard and give it all our heart.'
'They're a great football team. They're undefeated on the season,' said Jesuit senior center Dom Mori, who helped his team rush for 277 yards against Tualatin. 'It will take a great week of practice this week.'
While the second half was, perhaps, more exciting than Jesuit would have wished for, the Crusaders definitely owned the first half. Jesuit got a 28-yard Ryan Cope field goal on their first series, then -- after Crusader Harrison Bruce recovered a Brady Brajavich fumble -- added a 10-yard TD run by Glass to make it 10-0 late in the first quarter.
The Wolves stopped Jesuit's first series of the second quarter with a Brajavich interception, but the Crusaders forced a Tualatin punt, then drove 53 yards to score, capping that possession with a 1-yard TD plunge by quarterback Nicholas Rothstein to make it 16-0 at the half.
Jesuit then drove 89 yards to open the second half and extended its lead to 22-0 on another 1-yard Rothstein run, that score set up by Glass' 71 run.
But Jesuit wouldn't score again and the Wolves began to rally then and there. Tualatin drove 65 yards on its ensuing series, with quarterback Travis Johnson hitting Aireon Tavarres for 48 yards, then connecting with Zach Salton on an 18-yard scoring strike to the right flag midway through the third.
Then, after Austin Green recovered a Glass fumble early in the fourth, the Wolves drove 62 yards to score, with Johnson going 4-of-8 on the drive for 53 yards and Jeffrey Williams scoring from 1 yards out to close within 22-14 with 5:11 left on the clock.
Five plays later, Watts recovered another Glass fumble and Tualatin had its last chance with 3:07 to go at the Jesuit 47. But Tualatin came up empty on four plays, and Jesuit killed the clock to close out its win.
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