Jesuit gave up a 45-yard touchdown run on the opening drive in Saturday's Class 6A semifinals and trailed Canby 7-0.
Cause for concern? Yeah, right.
Canby could have scored three quick touchdowns, and the Crusaders might not have been worried.
Shrugging off the early miscue as if it never happened, Jesuit trampled Canby with an overpowering run game and squashed the Cougars' wing-T attack with a strangling defensive effort to win 35-17 at Jeld-Wen Field.
We knew adversity is a key part of a football game, Jesuit sophomore quarterback Eric Restic said. Overcoming adversity is what champions do. We made some mistakes, I made some mistakes. But we kept at it. We played our hardest, and that's great.
After losing in the semis the past two seasons, the Crusaders advanced to state championship game, set for 1 p.m. next Saturday at Jeld-Wen.
We had a chip on our shoulders coming into this game, and it just feels great to be going to the state championship, Jesuit senior defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux said. We just had to make sure we were doing our jobs, and grind through.
Jesuit's swarming defense held Canby to six first downs and 152 yards.
Meanwhile, Restic, junior running back Chase Morrison and the burly Crusader offensive line compressed the Cougars on the ground to the tune of 305 rushing yards. Morrison put in a yeoman's effort, toting the ball 44 times for 228 yards and three touchdowns.
Our guys up front are really good at controlling the line of scrimmage, Morrison said. They practice hard every week and get the job done. They're like my brothers, my family. I know I can trust them to cut open a hole, and they believe in me.
Morrison's 2-yard run with 3:22 left in the first quarter tied the score at 7-7. His 4-yard run gave the Crusaders a 14-7 lead with 5:53 left in the second quarter.
Those runs capped drives of 10 plays/76 yards and nine plays/50 yards.
Canby's Alejandro Sandoval kicked a 28-yard field goal with 8:40 left in the third quarter to pull the Cougars to within 14-10.
Jesuit scored three unanswered touchdowns, though, in a span of 6:15 of the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Morrison got the first of those scores with a 1-yard run, the 14th play of a 55-yard drive.
Then Restic broke free on an outside run and dashed 41 yards to give the Crusaders a 28-10 advantage with 5:55 remaining.
Mitchell Powers caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Restic at the 4:06 mark to boost Jesuit's lead to 35-10.
Canby got its final score with 3:31 left on a 69-yard pass play from Nico Tellache to Noah Kyllo.