- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- NCL Staff
- October 14, 2016 - 2:16pm
After a lackluster opening two quarters, the John Curtis Patriots managed to muster just enough offense in the second half to rally for a 14-7 triumph over Jesuit in District 9-5A action Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Curtis (5-0 overall, 2-0 in district) tied the game 7-7 with 5:34 remaining in the third quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Collin Guggenheim.
The Patriots, the top-ranked team in Class 5A, came up with what proved to be the winning touchdown with 7:43 left in the game on a 2-yard run by Guggenheim to cap a 17-play drive.
Jesuit (3-3 overall, 1-2 in district) took a 7-0 lead at the 5:40 mark of the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Denny McGinnis to tight end Marshall Lee. The touchdown was set up by a 12-yard return by Ashton Lorio of a short Curtis punt that gave the Blue Jays the ball at the Patriots’ 23-yard line.
Curtis missed out on a chance to get points right before halftime.
A 60-yard run by Curtis running back Marquese Albert advanced the ball to the 10-yard line but the Patriots came up with no points when Joshua Hartley missed a 30-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter.
Albert accounted for most than half of the Patriots’ 106 yards rushing in the first half on his late carry. Curtis was held to zero yards passing in the opening half.
Along with tossing a shutout in the second half, the Patriots held Jesuit to 8 yards passing over the final two quarters as McGinnis passed for 95 in the first half.
Jesuit missed out on extending its lead early in the second half when a 73-yard pass from McGinnis to Bryce Musso for an apparent touchdown was called back because of a holding penalty.