WAUCHULA — It was the big plays that proved to be Jesuit’s undoing in its season-opening loss. All four of Hardee’s touchdowns were from 25 yards or more.
The Wildcats set the tone early when quarterback Kris Johnson hit Jacob Bolin for a 26-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Jesuit was able to cut the deficit to 7-3 when Rhett Waldron made a 43-yard field goal.
The score remained the same until the third quarter when Johnson scored on an 86-yard run. Hardee added another touchdown in the quarter on a Keyon Jones 25-yard run.
Jesuit was able to cut the lead to 21-10 in the fourth quarter when Vincent Testaverde connected with Clarence Williams on a 6-yard touchdown.
Hardee put the game away when Brown recovered a fumble and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.
Testaverde finished the game 21-of-39 passing for 183 yards and two interceptions to go along with the TD pass. The Tigers’ running game gained just 16 yards on 19 carries.
Jesuit returns to action next week when it plays host to Bradenton Lakewood Ranch.
Jesuit 3 0 0 7 — 10
Hardee 7 0 14 7 — 28
H — Bolin 26 pass from Johnson (Rodriguez kick)
J — FG Waldron 43
H — Johnson 86 run (Rodriguez kick)
H — Jones 25 run (Rodriguez kick)
J — Williams 6 pass from Testaverde (Waldron kick)