Jesuit loses league championship against Sheldon

With the Delta League championship on the line, Sheldon High School defeated Jesuit High School in overtime, 27-21.

Jesuit looked confident heading in with a 4-0 record against Delta League opponents. The Huskies were also undefeated in the Delta League.

The Marauders started off strong as quarterback Hank Harvego ’19 threw a 28-yard pass to tight end Connor Mcintee ’19 for a touchdown. Sheldon then answered with a 45-yard touchdown run by senior running back Tyrell Smith.

In the second quarter, the Huskies’ quarterback, senior Francisco Salinas, connected with senior wide receiver Dillon Juniel for a 50-yard touchdown. Jesuit responded with a 32-yard rushing touchdown from Villi Hopoi ’19.

In the third quarter, Sheldon scored with a 35-yard touchdown catch from senior receiver Michael Graves to give them the lead.

In the fourth quarter, running back Cade Cunningham ’19 powered past the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown which tied the game at 21. With less than a minute to go, Jesuit was inside of Sheldon’s own 20-yard line, but the Marauders missed a field goal to end regulation.

The missed field goal would come back to haunt the Marauders as Hank Harvego threw an interception in the overtime period. Sheldon capitalized on the turnover with a one-yard touchdown run from Tyrell Smith to win the game.

Jesuit’s defensive back coach, Isaiah Frey ’08, was not pleased with his team’s effort against Sheldon, but he still believes his team has a chance to go deep in the playoffs this season.

“We didn’t execute our jobs and did not play as hard as we are capable of playing,” said Coach Frey. “We have to look at the bigger picture. Yes, we lost a league championship, but we still have a chance to accomplish our ultimate goal, which is a section championship.”

After the frustrating defeat to the Huskies, wide receiver Spencer Vigil ’19 wants this game to be a learning experience for him and his teammates.

“The learning point from this game is to always come into battle prepared and not to run from adversity, but take to it head on,” said Spencer.

Despite the loss, tight end Akili Bonner ’19 is confident his team can win their last game of the season.

“We can bounce back by not making the same mistakes in this game and by boosting our energy throughout the whole game, not just portions,” said Akili.

The Marauders will play on the road this Friday, Oct. 26 against Pleasant Grove High School who has a 0-9 overall record. The junior varsity and varsity games are at 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Come out and support Jesuit!