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The Crusaders' Payton Roth rushes for two scores and quarterback Jacob Hutchinson throws two TD passes in win over Tigers.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Jesuit running back Payton Roth takes a handoff during the Crusaders' first round playoff game against Tigard Friday, Nov. 4, at Jesuit High School.Things are about to get serious for the Jesuit football team, but prior to their second-round matchup with No. 5-seeded rival Central Catholic, the Crusaders had to dispatch No. 13-seeded Tigard—and they did.

Jesuit's defense held the Tigers to under a hundred yards of total offense and shut the Three Rivers League team out until the game's final play en route to a 42-6 win on a wet and windy Friday night, Nov. 4, at Jesuit High School.

"They played very well," Jesuit head coach Ken Potter said about his team after the game. "I think we were efficient and did what we were supposed to do."

Despite making it look so, nothing was easy for either team on this night due to heavy rain and wind that persisted throughout. Because of that, Potter said they talked a bit about getting ahead early against a Tigers team worthy of their respect.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Tigard defensive back Roman Martin intercepts a pass over Jesuit's Grant Valley during the Tigers' first round playoff game against Jesuit Friday, Nov. 4, at Jesuit High School."We talked about having the kind of start that takes momentum away from a team," Potter said. "We went down the field and scored, then blocked the punt, so that was a really good start to get the momentum on our side."

He wasn't lying, the Crusaders took the opening kick and drove 50 yards in five plays, capped by a Payton Roth 15-yard touchdown run.

On Tigard's ensuing possession, the Tigers went three-and-out before having their fourth down punt blocked through the endzone for a Crusaders safety that put the home team ahead 9-0.

It was all Jesuit from there, getting another score from Roth, a couple touchdown passes from Jacob Hutchinson to Patrick Kelley, and a 37-yard field goal into the wind from Kadyn Butcher to put the Crusaders ahead 32-0 at the half.

Butcher added a 49-yarder to start the second half, and in the process gave his coach further confidence in the junior as their team dives further into the 2022 postseason.

"He told me before the game that he thought he could kick between 40 and 45 yards into the wind," Potter said. "In these conditions that's a great kick, and that's neat and going to give him confidence going into the next round."

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Tigard receiver Nate Duenas returns a punt during the Tigers' first round playoff game against Jesuit Friday, Nov. 4, at Jesuit High School.There's no "next round" for Tigard who dropped their fourth straight game after starting the year 6-0. Head coach John Kemper said the late losses were unfortunate, especially in terms of seeding for the playoffs' opening round. But added that the end of the season wouldn't shape the way he sees this team or how he views the year as a whole.

"I'm super proud of these guys," Kemper said. "The last four weeks haven't gone the way we wanted, but we had our opportunities and didn't take advantage them, which led to the draw we had.

"But that's a really good team (Jesuit) and I'm super proud of our seniors and the way we bounced back from where we were last year."

The Tigard coach said throughout the season that he and his staff wanted to get back to the standard of Tigard football that they think defines who they are as a program. He believes they started back down that path this season and is encouraged by what he saw from his team this year.

"I think so," Kemper said when asked if he saw what he wanted from his team on that front this season. "The record may not show that to some people, but we very easily could've been 8-1. A couple plays here and there, especially in the Lake Oswego and Tualatin games really could've made a difference. But here we are and I'm super proud of these guys."

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Tigard's Konner Grant carries the ball around end during the Tigers' first round playoff game against Jesuit Friday, Nov. 4, at Jesuit High School.With the win Jesuit earned a quarterfinal date with Central Catholic. The Crusaders lost to the Rams 35-28 in last year's state semifinals and Potter was quick to note the respect he had for their team and program, while at the same time alluding to his hope for a different outcome this season.

"They're a very, very good football team, so it'll be a typical battle," Potter said. "Last year when we played them in the playoffs we were their closest loss. It would be really nice this year if we were again their closest game, but this time we're on top."

Roth ended the game with 137 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

The time of Jesuit's game against Central Catholic has yet to be determined.


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