Marauders stun Wildcats with last-minute upset

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The 18th ranked Jesuit High School Marauders upset the previously ranked 9th Franklin High School Wildcats with a 54 yard go-ahead touchdown pass from quarterback Calvin Brownholtz ‘17 to wide receiver Jonah Allman ‘16 in the last minute of the contest.

The Marauder offense drew first blood with a 25 yard touchdown run by Dalvin Jamal-Milton ‘16. After Jesuit’s defense conceded three Franklin High School touchdowns, the Marauders struck back with another touchdown run by Dalvin.

The highlight of Jesuit’s offensive game was the 54 yard touchdown pass at the end of the fourth quarter that put the team ahead of the Wildcats 27-20.

Calvin and Jonah, along with the rest of the Marauder offense, ran a seam play that Coach Marlon Blanton drew up on the sideline, allowing Jonah to break through uncovered.

“Coach Blanton saved the perfect play for the perfect time, and it let us clinch the upset victory against a very good Franklin Wildcat defense,”  Calvin said.

Jesuit’s defense closed the game out by forcing Franklin’s 4-star recruit Lamar Jackson to fumble on a quarterback scramble, which was recovered by linebacker Willie Nelson ‘16, accompanied by linebacker Jason Gallagher ‘18 among other Marauders.

“It was first game back after missing several week, and it felt great to be apart of that last play of the game, sealing the 27-20 victory,”  Jason said.

The Wildcats’ strong safety Lamar Jackson stepped in at quarterback after Jay Lopez broke his leg and dislocated his ankle. After the game ended the two teams gathered at the center of the field to pray for Jay.

“That was a really unfortunate injury, and my prayers go out to him, his family, and team,” said Jesuit team captain Theo Christopoulos ‘16.

Although Jesuit upset the 9th ranked team in the area and advanced to 5-3, they remain ranked 18th in the SacBee Top-20. They will take on the unranked the Monterey Trail High School Mustangs this Friday at 7 p.m.