High school football: Pleasant Grove wins, but loses top tailback in first half
10/27/2013 12:00 AM
10/08/2014 10:56 AM
The knee works just fine. It's the hamstring that, much like the owner, has fits of spectacular give-and-go starts.
After missing his Pleasant Grove High School junior season with an ACL injury, Brandon Lewis again looked to be in an extra gear Saturday at Jesuit in another showcase effort during this bounce-back season.
Lewis dashed for touchdowns of 28 and 80 yards before his hamstring felt as if it was going to snap on the last play of the first half.
As he iced his leg in the second half, Lewis offered verbal support to teammates Dre Terrell and Ian Broom, who scored on runs of 38 and 1 yard, respectively, and the No. 3 Eagles held off the No. 14 Marauders 28-23 in a Delta River League contest heavy in conference championship implications.
And Lewis vows to be around for the finish.
"I'll be OK," Lewis said, talking about his hamstring. "The knee feels great. It's nice to be able to run like that again. Our line was big. I didn't get touched on those two touchdowns."
Lewis missed the season's first two games with the tricky hamstring. Broom stepped in as the lead tailback and flourished, and in recent weeks, this has become one of the best 1-2 combos in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Against Jesuit, Lewis rushed for 118 yards on six carries, all in the first half.
Broom went for 124 yards on 22 carries.
Terrell, one of the section's top every-down players, completed 7 of 8 passes for 89 yards.
From his cornerback spot, Terrell broke up three passes and had a one-handed interception while defending an old friend, junior Isaiah Bailey. Terrell also forced a turnover with a jarring hit.
Bailey made a circus catch of a Jason Elenberger pass for an 80-yard touchdown to tie the score 14-14 in the second quarter.
Matt Coyle's 21-yard field goal gave Jesuit (6-2, 1-2) a 17-14 halftime lead. Elenberger, who threw deep, short and on the run, passed for 326 yards, the most against Pleasant Grove (8-0, 3-0) this season.
A week after losing 56-14 at top-ranked Folsom, the Marauders showed tremendous resolve against another section powerhouse in the Eagles.
Bailey caught an 11-yard option pass for a touchdown from receiver Alec Moen to pull Jesuit within 28-23 with 3:54 to play.
The Marauders then stopped the Eagles on downs but subsequently ran out of downs and time.
Pleasant Grove took over at the Jesuit 26 with 54 seconds left and ran out the clock.
Pleasant Grove overcame a physical Jesuit team and eight holding penalties, completely out of character for the Eagles, long known for their superb interior line play. The Eagles will hold onto their DRL title hopes.
Players and coaches were pleased for Lewis but also concerned about possibly not having him the final two weeks of the regular season as his hamstring heals.
"We'll ice him up," Pleasant Grove coach Joe Cattolico said. "Sometimes, the fast guys pull muscles. I don't know what that's like. I was never fast. But Lewis is very good. Both our tailbacks ran well."
Ben Parietti scored Jesuit's first touchdown, from 3 yards out.
That capped a 22-play, 10-minute drive with equal parts run and pass.
Jesuit ran 85 plays and Pleasant Grove 45, including Lewis' one-play, 12-second drive on his 80-yard burst. Austin Gates had four catches for 97 yards.
Pleasant Grove next plays at No. 5 Oak Ridge (7-1, 2-1) on Friday, and then closes the regular season with a Week 10 showdown against Folsom (8-0, 3-0).
Jesuit needs at least one more league victory to become playoff-eligible. Under second-year coach Marlon Blanton, the Marauders sport their best team since they were 10-1 in 2004 under coach Dan Carmazzi. Jesuit closes the regular season against Sheldon and Oak Ridge.
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