The potential scenario may not have been part of its pregame routine, but Jesuit knew what was at stake.
A Jesuit win coupled with a Robinson loss would mean the Tigers, Knights and Jefferson would have claims to represent Class 3A, District 10 in the postseason. Of the scenarios, reality proved pretty dramatic as well. The Dragons came away with the district title.
"We definitely anticipated a tough football game," said Jefferson coach Mike Simmonds, whose team will open up the playoffs at home against Pasco. "Jesuit is always one of the best teams in the county but I'm proud of our team and that we were able to put the nail in the coffin in the fourth quarter when we had to."
It just took a while for Jefferson (8-1, 4-0 in Class 3A-10) to nail this one.
The Dragons opened the scoring in the first quarter when quarterback David Turner found wideout Antonio Graham on a 15-yard score. Jesuit responded with a 37-yard Ty DeMeza field goal and the score remained 6-3 into the third quarter.
After Jefferson capped off a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 3-yard Alex Suber run, the Dragons took control of the game. But Jesuit (3-4, 2-2) stormed back in the fourth quarter, cutting the margin to 13-10 after Anthony Allen's 3-yard touchdown pass from David Sullivan.
But any Jesuit hopes of tiebreaking its way into the playoffs ended late when a fourth-down Sullivan pass to Adam Wolfe came up just inches short of a first down, turning the ball over to the Dragons. Jefferson responded three plays later with Kevrick Brown's 41-yard scoring run that sealed the game.
"We knew about Monday (playing a tie-breaker game) but we wanted to just focus on this game," said Sullivan. "We knew that if we didn't win today there would be no Monday."