PORTLAND, Ore. — No. 1 Jesuit (13-0) continued its dominating season with a 34-13 win over No. 4 Sheldon (10-2) in the OSAA 6A semifinals Saturday evening at Providence Park.
Jesuit knocked off the Irish 61-55 in double overtime during Week 2 of the regular season. The Crusaders rode 6-foot-3, 215-pound running back Jason Talley early and often, and Saturday’s game was never as competitive.
Talley scored on Jesuit’s first possession with an eight-yard TD run to take a 7-0 lead. The senior running back took a 41-yard run to the house to give the Crusaders a 13-0 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter. Talley finished the game with 38 carries for 243 yards and three touchdowns.
Then the Crusaders took advantage of a pair of Sheldon turnovers. David Bridges recovered an Irish fumble to give Jesuit the ball in Sheldon territory. Talley was able to finish off the drive early in the second quarter with a one-yard score to push the lead to 20-0.
Sheldon quarterback Justin Herbert was intercepted by Grant Mathews on the Irish’s following possession. The Crusaders again capitalized as Eric Restic threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Henderson-Brazie.
Herbert, an Oregon commit, was held to 215 passing yards and one touchdown.
The Irish got on the board after a two-yard touchdown run by Misikei Fuiava-Thomsen to make it 27-7 game at halftime.
Jesuit opened the second half with another scoring drive, capped off by a 20-yard touchdown pass from Restic to Jordan Happle. The Crusaders took a 34-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
Sheldon scored a touchdown on an 18-yard pass to Jackson Johnson, but the Crusaders were able to run out the clock to cap off the win.
The Crusaders have outscored opponents by an average of 56-15 this season.
Jesuit will face No. 3 West Linn (12-1) in the OSAA 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 5, at noon at Providence Park. The Crusaders last won the state championship in 2006, although they’ve appeared in two state championship games since the 2006 title.
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