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November 9, 2012
Showdown in Tampa - Jesuit vs. Catholic
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THE OUTLOOK: Jesuit's first four victories of the season (at Middleton, hosting Blake, at Spoto and at Lennard) were all shutouts. And only once this season, a 31-10 loss to Robinson on Sept. 14, have the Tigers allowed more than 20 points in a game.
Junior linebacker Vincent Jackson has proven to be a menace to opposing offenses, leading Jesuit with 10 sacks while sitting second to senior linebacker Parker Clonts (77 tackles) with 57 stops.
The Tigers' offense, led by sophomore running back Kevin Newman (126 carries for 834 yards, 8 touchdowns), will take on a Tampa Catholic defense that has allowed more than 17 points in a game just twice this season.
Keep an eye on Crusaders' junior linebacker/tight end Tre Watson. All he has done this year is record team highs in tackles (94) and sacks (12.5) for a unit that has forced 23 takeaways.
While Jesuit is playing for pride, Tampa Catholic is prepping for the post-season. It's more important for the Crusaders to come out of this game healthy - than to get the win.
Only don't tell them that.
Prediction: Jesuit 24, Tampa Catholic 17