Here’s a rematch of last year’s Class 5A region semifinal in which Jesuit beat Jefferson 38-7.
Earlier this season, Jefferson (7-3) gave Jesuit (10-0) a true fight in a 44-23 loss. The Tigers have allowed 10 or more points four times this season, but that marked the only 20-plus performance given up.
Jesuit senior athlete Travell Harris picked up his 27th offer from Tulane on Wednesday. He’s a two-way starter at wide receiver and cornerback. Here’s what the speedster expects from this matchup.
“We are expecting to come out victorious but we know the game isn’t going to be easy and that Jefferson isn’t a pushover,” Harris said. “So we have to focus on the little things and just do our jobs.”
For Jesuit, the main focus for opposing defenses each and every week is with senior running back and Florida commit Malik Davis. This kid is so elusive and he beats you downhill even when he isn’t running full speed. Davis had 18 carries for 153 yards and three touchdowns in the September win.
His counterpart, Harris returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and hauled in a 53-yard pass for a score in that game.
“We understand that the first time we played Jefferson wasn’t our best, so he [coach Matt Thompson] just wants us to play 110 percent and to leave everything out on the field,” Harris said.
Senior quarterback Danny Boon had two touchdowns in the matchup with Jefferson earlier this season. He says he knows that the Dragons will come out fast.
“We have to match that, get the run game established allowing the passes to be there,” Boon said.
Boon loves the craftiness of his group and after last year’s state semifinal loss to Orlando Bishop Moore, the Tigers are that much more determined.
“We are under great leadership by our captains and coaches,” he said. “We have a deep brotherhood and bond with one another that is unparalleled to any other team. We are all set on one mission and play a selfless game.”
Jefferson boasts an offense led by Miami commit quarterback Cade Weldon, sophomore running back Niko Duffey and junior wide receiver Jermaine Eskridge. Defensively, junior cornerback DeAndre Hollins is a very physical cover man.
Harris says the motto for Jesuit is simply to do their jobs.
“We know that our coaching staff is going to prepare us very well for the game but it’s on us,” he said. “I’m telling you we want it real bad. On game day there isn’t any playing around the whole team is focused because we all have that same goal.”
Winning it all this year with so many dedicated seniors on the roster is something Harris calls everything.
“It would be awesome to go out senior year with a ring on my finger,” he said. “Because I know how much work we put in and how much work the coaches have put in. So it would mean a lot for us and the whole Jesuit community.”
I really like Jefferson’s athleticness, but Jesuit is simply too experienced and too motivated to slip up in this game. Weldon has a cannon of an arm, but the Jesuit defense doesn’t have many holes. Expect this one to be close to start but the Tigers will pull away.
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