When Jesuit High School needed a big drive in the final minutes, the Blue Jays knew where to turn.
Charles Jackson and Chris Mills had provided the 1-2 punch all night, and they did again in the Jays’ most important drive of the season.
Their power running helped Jesuit go 80 yards in nine plays, and Hunter Robert went the final 5 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 1:42 left as the Blue Jays held off third-seeded St. Thomas More 20-13 in their Division I select quarterfinal contest Friday at STM’s Cougar Stadium.
Jackson had four carries for 46 yards in the clutch march and Mills, had 25 yards on three carries as the Blue Jays got the last of their 225 rush yards at the most opportune time.
Jesuit (11-2) advances to the Division I semifinals against the winner of Saturday’s Teurlings Catholic-Rummel game, while the Cougars (9-2) were left to lament their missed opportunities.
STM had the ball in Jesuit territory four times in the second half and only pushed across one score, that coming on Nathan Thevenot’s 1-yard run with 9:09 left at the end of a 66-yard, 15-play march.
One drive later, the Cougars reached the Blue Jay 33 before being hit with a personal foul penalty that eventually forced a punt that set Jesuit up at its own 20 and set up the winning drive.
JOHN CURTIS 13, EVANGEL 7: The 16 seniors on the John Curtis roster are two wins away from a fourth consecutive title.
On Friday night, those seniors added another stellar accomplishment to their four-year reign of dominance.
They never lost to rival Evangel Christian.
Curtis, boosted by a stellar defensive outing, ended Evangel’s season for a fourth straight season with a victory in the quarterfinals of the Division I playoffs at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
Curtis, which has played in the state championship game every year since 1996, is now just a win away from extending that streak.
The Patriots (9-1) play Brother Martin in the semifinals after taking a 6-3 all-time series lead against their rivals from Shreveport.
NOTRE DAME 41, E.D. WHITE 7: In Crowley, Notre Dame ran the ball 39 times for 364 yards, getting more than 100 yards apiece from Damon Comeaux and Lance Bertrand in a runaway quarterfinal win over the Cardinals.
The Pioneers passed just eight times Friday against E.D. White for 90 yards. The Pios draw University Lab next week after its 61-21 dismantling of St. Louis.
ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC 24, DE LA SALLE 0: Thanks to a stout defensive effort, St. Charles Catholic won its rematch against De La Salle.
Junior Justin Loupe carried the load for the Comets (10-2), finishing with 73 yards on 16 carries.
Senior running back Erron Lewis cemented the win with a 45-yard dash to the end zone with 4:11 left.
CATHOLIC-NEW IBERIA 55, NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN 14: Top-seeded Catholic-New Iberia cruised into the semifinals and extended its winning streak to 11 games.
In their past three games, the Panthers have outscored opponents 166-26.
They took a 41-0 lead to halftime Friday night.
ST. MARY’S 55, ST. EDMUND 34: In Natchitoches, these teams compiled more than 900 yards of offense, but No. 2 St. Mary (11-1) held a comfortable lead the entire contest — thanks in part to the efforts of Hunter Bedgood, who rushed 298 yards and four TDs.
Garret Vienne added TDs on a 5-yard and 14-yard run for the Blue Jays while Sam Simmons connected with Tyler McCain for an 8-yard score.
St. Mary will take on No. 6 Ouachita Christian in the semifinals.