After 95 meetings between the teams, Holy Cross might record Friday night’s 28-21 double overtime win against Jesuit as one “with a little magic.”
The pixie dust came from Bret Carter’s leaping catch over two defenders in the end zone near the sideline kept the Tigers alive on a fourth down-and-11 play and allowed Holy Cross to tie the Jays 21-21 on the first OT possession.
Jesuit had scored on the overtime’s first possession and then pinned the Tigers into the fourth-and-11 hole. Quarterback Chandler Fields rolled right threw into tight coverage and Carter rose high to secure the ball.
“Maybe there was a little magic in the air tonight,” Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo said of the catch after his Tigers (4-1, 2-0) won the District 9-5A game, one that is included in the national Great American Rivalry Series.
Freshman Fields finished the scoring with a 10-yard pass to Tyler Lamm, making it 28-21. Fields completed 9 of 13 for 110 yards.
Holy Cross then stopped the Jays at the 1-yard line on a fourth down play to end the game.
Jesuit’s Connor Prouet carried from the 4-yard line and appeared to have a lane to the end zone. But Tigers defenders Jacques Boudreaux, Jack Heidingsfelder and Chris Collett closed the gap.
“We were trying to sub (on the Jays’ fourth down play) to get some matchups,” Rebaudo said. “We had leverage. We did what we had to do. . .. We had a cluster there, and I believe a backer (Boudreaux) finished it up.”
Jesuit had taken a 14-7 lead in the third quarter after Holy Cross’ offense failed to get a first down until the final play of the period and twice had to punt into a 14-mph wind that was gusting to 20 mph.
Jesuit turned those punts of 11 and 16 yards into a 42- and 65-yard touchdown drives.
After Holy Cross finally got a first down, Kyle Schexnayder quarterback the Tigers 73 yards in 18 plays a drive that consumed more than nine minutes. Ashton Smith’s 1-yard run tied it at 14 with 4:23 remaining.
Jesuit drove to the Tigers’ 3 but missed a 21-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in the game.
The only score in the first half came on Holy Cross’ first possession and followed the game’s only turnover.
Jesuit took the opening kickoff and quickly moved from its 26 to the Tigers’ 33. On a third-and-6 from there, Hontas hit Kalija Lipscomb with a short pass that ended in a fumble and the Tigers recovered at the 25.
Fields converted three key third down pass plays, and the Tigers went 75 yards in 13 plays, taking more than six minutes off the clock.
On third-and-goal from the 9, Fields hit Andres Acuna for the touchdown and the Tigers led 7-0.
Jesuit’s only serious first half threat came on its next possession. The 52-yard drive advanced to the Tigers’ 23 but ended with a 40-yard field goal attempt blocked by Holy Cross’ C.J. White.