by: TIMES FILE PHOTO - Jesuit fullback Joey Alfieri scored on a 41-yard touchdown run against Lake Oswego to help the Crusaders beat the Lakers, 28-21, on Friday.

A goal line stand was the difference between victory and defeat for Jesuit High against Lake Oswego Friday night.

With the score tied 14-14, Lake Oswego moved the ball down to the Jesuit 5-yard-line on its first possession of the second half. On second down, the Crusaders were called for pass interference in the end zone. But, because of a new high school rule, the Lakers were not awarded an automatic first down.

Lake Oswego moved the ball down to the 1-yard-line on its next play. Then, the Crusaders twice stuffed runs up the middle.

Jesuit then drove the ball 98 yards down the field, and Chase Morrison capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown.

The momentum swing was exactly what the Crusaders needed to take a 28-21 victory.

“That was all heart,” Jesuit linebacker/fullback Joey Alfieri said, of the goal line stand. “It was our first goal line stand of the year. That’s really going to come back to being a defining moment of our team. Even if it looks like we’re down and we’re getting pushed back to the wall, we can find the strength within us to come out and make a stop.”

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Hillsboro Stadium, but was moved to Jesuit High School.

Lake Oswego (0-1) got on the board first when L.O. quarterback Mitchell Verburg floated a pass into the back of the end zone. Jordan Horak made an over-the-shoulder-catch for a 10-yard touchdown.

On the Crusaders’ next possession, Eric Restic threw a 54-yard bomb to Trent Werner that made the score 7-7.

Jesuit took a 14-7 lead on the first play of the second quarter, when the Stanford bound-Alfieri took an inside handoff, got through the line, past the linebackers and was gone, 41 yards into the end zone.

“That was a 23 blast, a pretty standard play for us,” Alfieri said. “Our line executed well. I made a couple of moves. Some guys missed their tackles. I just ran and got in the end zone.”

Lake Oswego evened the score before halftime, when Nick Underwood scored on a 5-yard TD.

After the goal line stand and subsequent touchdown in the third quarter, Jesuit took a 21-14 lead into the final period.

The Crusaders then took a 28-14 lead with 9:27 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Morrison scored his second touchdown of the night. This one coming on a 1-yard run.

“It was up the middle behind Joey, and I just followed him on the block,” Morrison said. “I trusted him to get that block. I knew the hole would open, and I just followed him in.”

The Crusaders could not have been happier about opening their season with a win against Lake Oswego, who has been dominant in recent years, winning the state championship in 2011 and going to the title game in 2012.

But, Alfieri said the Crusaders have a lot of work left to do before they face Camas High in Washington in a non-league game next Friday.

“A win is a win,” Alfieri said. “But, there were a lot of mis— takes-a lot of mental mistakes. Penalties, missed assignments. Every week is going to get a little bit easier. Hopefully, we execute better next week against Camas.”

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