TAMPA – The Jesuit Tigers punched their ticket to the Class 5A Final Four on Friday night, winning their 12th game in a row and staying undefeated, defeating a pesky Immokalee team that racked up over 450 yards of total offense in route to scoring 29 points.
The Tigers started out right away, and scored their first points of the game without a minute off the clock in the first quarter. Malik Davis did his thing, rushing around the Immokalee defense 50 yards to set up a QB Danny Boon sneak. But Immokalee proved they wouldn’t go down without a fight, because a few plays later, QB Nathaniel Betancourt found WR Shedro Louis wide open on the left side of the field for a 73-yard score to tie it up at seven.
Five minutes later, Matthew Pittman rushed for his first of two scores on the evening, the first one from seven yards, to cap off a methodical 12-play Jesuit drive. Immokalee would go for it on fourth down on the following series, but they would pay for that mistake when Davis took it for another 71 yards and his first touchdown of the affair to make it 21-7 Jesuit at the end of the first.
Betancourt would find WR Jean Sanon for his second touchdown, to put the Indians seven points closer, but that would be the closest they got to a lead for the rest of the evening.
Boon would take over in the rest of the game, rushing for two more one-yard touchdowns before the half, capping off Jesuit drives that showed their pure offensive strength. He finished with four on the evening.
“It makes it so much easier for me when I have the ball on the one-yard line, all I’ve got to do is go behind the o-line and score. The running backs and wide receivers do a great job of getting yards after contact, getting up the field, making my life a whole lot easier,” said Boon, who also went 7-of-10 passing with 112 yards.
Davis had to get another score before the night was over, and he did that in a 29-yarder that put Jesuit up 42-14 at the half. The Florida-commit finished with 205 yards on 14 carries and the pair of scores.
The Tigers would put the running clock in the third quarter when Dane Belton set up Boon’s fourth score when he intercepted Betancourt’s pass and returned it to the two-yard line. Betancourt would find Louis for their second score of the night, and his night would be over at the end of the third. The Immokalee QB finished 18-of-27 with 316 yards and the three touchdowns. RJ Rosales would toss the fourth one in the waining seconds of the fourth quarter.
“We could’ve definitely played a little better defense than we played, shutting somebody down. But a win is a win, we got the running clock, so we’re happy with that. I just think that we can do a whole lot better, even though our offense put as many points on the board as they did, I think we can be even better,” said Jesuit Head Coach Matt Thompson.
Pittman added a five yard score to tally the final points on the board for Jesuit. He had 57 yards on 11 carries with a pair of scores.
With American Heritage’s win over Bishop Moore, the Tigers will travel to Plantation to play the Patriots.