TAMPA — Kevin Newman had more than 200 yards of total offense and a touchdown, and Vincent Testaverde passed for two touchdowns to lead Jesuit past Lakewood Ranch for its first victory of the season.
After a scoreless first quarter in which Lakewood Ranch was unable to momve the ball into Jesuit territory, Tigers kicker Rhett Waldron connected on a 27-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 3-0 advantage.
Visiting Lakewood Ranch’s lone touchdown of the contest came on a botched snap to quarterback/punter Chad Rex that the junior managed to scoop up off the ground and toss to James Jeffcoat, who made several defenders miss en route to a 77-yard score that gave the Mustangs a 7-3 lead midway through the second quarter.
Jesuit answered with a 21-yard pass from Testaverde to Trent Wessel that gave the Tigers a 10-7 lead. Wessel scored on a 13-yard run on the Tigers’ next series.
After Lakewood scored its touchdown, Jesuit responded with 28 unanswered points. Lakewood Ranch’s lone bright spot on defense came from Brandon Luckett. The junior defensive back recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass in the third quarter.
Lakewood Ranch 0 7 0 0 — 7
Jesuit 0 17 14 0 — 31
J – FG Waldron 27
L – Jeffcoat 77 pass from Rex (Thoma kick)
J – Wessel 21 pass from Testaverde (Waldron kick)
J – Wessel 13 run (Waldron kick)
J – Newman 3 run (Waldron kick)
J – Paulsen 2 pass from Testaverde (Waldron kick)