Titans defeat Fighting Irish to earn playoff berth

by Noah Gardiner '14

The St. John's Jesuit Titans defeated the Central Catholic Fighting Irish Friday night, 13-6. It is the first time the Titans have bested the Irish since 2010 and the first since joining the TRAC. The victory also locked the Titans in for a playoff spot. The rain fell hard, but the Titans never wavered, even after trailing early. Senior Dallas Gant had a strong showing on defense, and freshman quarterback Brady Lichtenberg connected with sophomore receiver Dimitrios Mitsopoulos for two touchdown passes.

The first half saw a combined six punts between 10 drives for both teams. The Titans drove the ball to the Irish 31-yard line, but failed on a fourth down attempt in the first quarter. After the Irish fumbled on their first play, the Titans again failed to capitalize on field position on fourth down from the 28-yard line. As the first half ended, Central Catholic converted a fourth and goal from the 1-yard line with 23 seconds left. However, the extra point was blocked, making the score 6-0 at the half. From that point on, it was all Titans.

After Central opened the second half with a strong punt to the Titans 11-yard line, the Titans put together an impressive drive. Going 91 yards with a mixture of short passes and runs, Lichtenberg found Mitsopoulos for a 17-yard touchdown with 3:49 left in the third quarter. After missing the extra point, the Titans caught a break with a roughing the kicker call, leading to the Titans taking a 7-6 lead on the second attempt. After a failed fake punt on the next Irish drive, the Titans received the ball on their own 45-yard line. The Titans drove down the field again, ending with a 10-yard pass to Mitsopoulos from Lichtenberg. After missing the extra point, the Titans had a lead of 13-6 with nine minutes left, a lead they would never lose. The Titans held the Irish to consecutive punts, ending the game with a fourth down failure from the 21-yard line.

The Titans played well on both sides of the ball, giving up the only Irish score from a drive starting at the Titans' 26-yard line. The Irish punted on five of their 10 drives, with three failed fourth down attempts and a fumble. The Titans look to continue their winning ways with an added confidence and will now face Avon in the regional quarterfinals. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 3 from Avon High School.
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