Jesuit has played a rugged pre-district schedule and for a while Friday, it looked like all the Tigers would have to show for it was a 1-4 record. But Jesuit came back from down 21-7 at halftime for a 28-21 win over Newsome.
The winning score came on a double pass with three minutes left as Trent Wessell hit Kevin Newman.
“We practice that play every week, and I guess that was the right time for it,” coach Matt Thompson said.
He said he was considering working toward a late field goal but offensive coordinator Vinny Testaverde told Thompson “this is the play, this is the play” and indeed it went for a 35-yard score.
Testaverde’s son, Vincent, got the comeback started with an 80-yard scoring pass, and Jesuit (2-3) also had a key blocked field goal. The defense shut out Newsome (3-2) in the second half.
“As I soon as I figured out their blocking schemes, we were okay. I knew we could stop them,” Thompson said.