Strake Jesuit dominates in bi-district

At TexasPrepInsider our tag line is ‘We are There.' And unlike some publications, we try and get out to the entire Greater Houston (and statewide) area in our coverage. Tonight we bring you updates from the bi-district playoff Thursday match up between Strake Jesuit and Katy Mayde Creek. Game-day coverage from TPI is free so check it out.

When Strake Jesuit defensive back Bayo Adesomo intercepted a Mayde Creek pass late in the fourth quarter, that was just a small taste of how things worked in favor of the Crusader football team Thursday night. That was only one of four turnovers caused by Strake Jesuit en route to a 37-21 win over Mayde Creek at Rhodes Stadium in the Region III Division II bi-district playoff game.

The Crusaders jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead by the second quarter and never looked back. 

"We came out with a lot of intensity and really played great," Strake Jesuit coach Ron Counter said. "We feel like we are on a roll and we hope we can keep it going."

It was clearly a collaborative effort as both sides of the ball was clicking for the Crusaders. Whether it was by ground or air, Strake Jesuit found a way to score. On defense, the front four and linebackers were lights out stuffing plenty of the Rams' attempts up the middle. Defenders Garrett Staudt and Will Huskinson were only two of the many in on a number of plays. Evan Fichter also had an interception that led to a touchdown.

For the offense, Strake Jesuit quarterback James Scott was 8-of-16 for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 34 yards and a score. On the receiving end, Kellan Belanger was the primary target with five catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.

As Counter said, this Crusader team is on a roll and he and Strake Jesuit organization would like to keep that going. This marks only the second playoff win in school history since the program opted for U.I.L. play.

Everything fro here on out will be history. Of course, that is the plan.

"I have told the kids that it takes time to build tradition and I think we have done that," Counter said. "We have been in UIL five years now and we made the playoffs three years. And at first I think we were just happy getting in the playoffs, but they are not happy just getting in anymore. Their goal was to win the district crown (which they did) and make a playoff run which I hope we do."

And while this win was fairly dominant for the Crusaders, these four quarters were no cakewalk. With the Rams down 27-7 after a Lucas Leonard to DePriest Johnson touchdown pass from 15 yards out, Strake Jesuit would increase its lead by three more scores.

But in the fourth, the Rams found some light. 
"We got up early, but give Mayde Creek some credit they fought back in the second half," Counter said. 

With six minutes remaining in the game, Leonard would find an open Tommie Cross for back-to-back touchdown strikes, one from 67 yards and the final one from seven yards.

Mayde Creek finished the season 5-5. Strake Jesuit will advance to the area round and play the winner of the Houston Madison/Atascocita game. 

"Really don't know much about either team, but we are going to watch them Saturday night," Counter said. "We will just enjoy this one for the night and then get back to work."

Check out the interview with Belanger after the win.

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