The Crusaders win 65-36 to finish second in the Metro

BEAVERTON — Two teams at opposite ends of the Metro League standings came together for one exciting football game Friday night.

In the end, it was powerful Jesuit that held the upper hand, winning its second straight game and wrapping up second place in league play by beating Beaverton 65-36 at Beaverton High School. The win lifted Jesuit's Metro record to 4-1 (7-2 overall) and set the table for what the Crusaders hope is a long playoff run; Jesuit will host a game on Friday night in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

“We probably played as well as we have all year long offensively,” said Jesuit coach Ken Potter. “And the defense played well as they have all year long.”

Beaverton, meanwhile, lost its second straight league game and finished Metro play in fifth place at 1-4 (5-4 overall). Next up, the Beavers will host South Eugene (0-9), the eighth-place finisher from the Southern Oregon Conference, in a Class 6A Play-In game at 7 p.m. Friday at Beaverton High School.

“We did what we didn't do the week before,” said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer. “We showed up for the game.”

Jesuit raced out to a quick 14-0 lead on Friday night, first getting a 15-yard Chase Morrison scoring run and then a 50-yard Trent Werner punt return for a second TD. And the Crusaders were well on their way to making it 21-0 when they fumbled the ball away — the first of five fumbles the Crusaders lost in the game — at the Beaverton eight-yard line and Beaver junior Grant Johnson scooped it up and raced 92 yards to score and cut his team's deficit to 14-7.

Jesuit answered with a six-yard Morrison TD, but Beaverton came back with two straight scores to tie the game at 21-21, first getting an 11-yard touchdown run from senior Evan Colorito, then adding a five-yard Colorito run.

Suitably awakened, the Crusaders closed the half with 16 straight points to lead 37-21 at the break, with Morrison cashing in TD runs of 30 and four yards and the Jesuit defense forcing a safety.

Beaverton kept playing in the third, putting together two more scoring drives to close within 44-36, with quarterback Kyle Eckrosh hitting Davasyia Hagger for a 27-yard score and again for the conversion pass, then getting a two-yard run for a TD from Colorito.

Jesuit sandwiched a 57-yard Elliott Nistler-to-Henry Mondeaux scoring strike between those two Beaver TDs, then added a four-yard Morrison run to make it 51-36 at the end of the third.

The Crusaders then tacked on two more scores in the fourth, getting a nine-yard Morrison run and a 90-yard Nistler-to-Xavier Coleman TD pass for the final 65-36 margin.

“We had a few mistakes early in the game, but I'm proud of the kids for overcoming those,” Potter said.

“The kids played tough the whole way, even when the score got out of hand,” Boyer said. “We've been preaching all year long that if you can hold your own in the Metro League, you're pretty good.”

For the game, Morrison carried 23 times for 217 yards, and Nistler had his best passing game of the year, going 8-of-11 for 283 yards, with Coleman making three catches for 113 yards, Mondeaux two for 87 and Joey Alfieri three for 83 yards.

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