Jesuit gets Fall sports rolling

Chase Morrison leads the Crusaders to 28-21 win over perennial finalist
Aug. 30, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Jesuit junior Chase Morrison drives for some of his 218 yards on 28 carries Friday night.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - In an early-season playoff atmosphere, Jesuit beat Lake Oswego 28-21 during opening night of the high school football season Friday on the Crusaders' Cronin Field.

Junior back Chase Morrison ran for 218 yards and a pair of second-half scores to lead Jesuit, which has been picked by Metro League coaches to win the league, and, thus, be a major contender for the state title.

Morrison, who also plays defensive back, scored both touchdowns in the second half after the Crusaders had stopped the Lakers on fourth down at their own goal line. Morrison capped the ensuing 99-yard drive with a 2-yard plunge with 4:02 left in the third quarter for a 21-14 lead. In the fourth quarter, he capped a 42-yard drive with a 1-yard run for a 28-14 lead.

Lake Oswego rallied to 28-21 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell Verberg to Charlie Callen with 5:40 left, but could not get the ball back. The Lakers had possession just four times in the second half, and two off those lasted just three plays.

"It's great to get the season going, finally," Morrison said. "We've been waiting all summer for this."

Jesuit has won four state titles, including back-to-back in 2005-06. The school has reached the semifinals or final the past four seasons without a title.

Lake Oswego won the state title in 2011, and lost to Sheldon in the final last year.

In other key Class 6A games Friday, Central Catholic beat Grant 55-14, Roseburg beat South Salem 47-21 and Sheldon beat Southridge - the No. 2 pick in the Metro League, 35-15 on the road.



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