Needing a victory to clinch a district title and avoid a potential tiebreaker scenario, the Belen Jesuit defense stepped up in a big way with star running back Giancarlo Pinto out because of an injury.
The defense held Coral Reef scoreless and allowed just 155 yards of total offense to help the Wolverines (6-3, 5-0) clinch their second District 15-8A title in a row on Friday night at Southridge Park.
After a scoreless first half, the Barracudas (3-6, 3-2) received the ball to open up the second half but failed to gain any traction. The Wolverines took advantage of great field position and finally scored on a 2-yard rushing touchdown by running back Javier Hernandez.
After adding a field goal on their next offensive possession, the defense took care of the rest, swarming into the Coral Reef backfield for sacks and tackles for loss and giving up just one first down in the second half.
Now the Barracudas’ postseason hopes are out of their hands, at least for the moment. They need Braddock to beat Southwest on Saturday afternoon and force a tiebreaker for the runner-up playoff berth.
John Powell: Belen Jesuit DB had the game’s lone interception on a deep pass by Coral Reef quarterback Keith Anderson in the second quarter.
Jordon Donaldson: Coral Reef RB led all rushers with 63 yards on 12 carries.
THEY SAID IT
“We left a lot of points out there and Coral Reef made it hard for us. But the defense played lights out, they stepped up and gave us a chance to win the game.”
— Belen Jesuit coach Richard Stuart